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Time of obsession

Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:34 AM
Chip Kelly will tell you that time of possession doesn't mean a thing in the NFL. We're here to tell you that it means at least a little more than he says it does. His Birds are dead last right now in average time of possession at 24:25. (Everybody else in the league but the Buffalo Bills, 24:48,... Read more

Daily News Pro Football Picks

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:03 PM
Daily News Pro Football Picks: Click Here for the Staff (PDF) Click Here for Vegas Vic (PDF) Read more

Cole Hamels' First 3 Goals for 2014

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 2:15 AM
Like most Phillies fans, we were hoping for Cole Hamels to record his 100th career victory Wednesday night. But that he didn’t only makes what should be his first three goals for 2014 easy to define. Here they are (along with weather-dependent start dates): 1. Earn 100th victory (Phillies game... Read more

Daily News College Football Picks

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 1:48 AM
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Boop on WIP (updated Aug. 26)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:32 AM
WIP APPEARANCES: Tuesday & Friday Mornings, 2 a.m., with Big Daddy Graham If you missed any of our recent appearances, you can listen by clicking below: Aug. 26, with Big Daddy Graham (00:00) ... Happy 39th Anniversary, BTR ... Phillies just 9.5 GB in wild card ... 100 wins/100 losses ... Low... Read more

Eagles' Mile Nigh Starts

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:49 AM
If the Eagles are going to have any chance to win the game Sunday, they are going to have to come out of the chute a little better than they have in their last two games in Denver. These numbers are astonishing, especially when you combine them (which we do below): - OCT. 4, 1998 (First 28:44) ... Read more

Broncos Bustin' Out

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 1:18 AM
Maybe Ronnie Hillman's one-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run looked like just icing on the cake Monday night — if you were still even watching at that point — but it put this Broncos team in some rarified air. Peyton's Boys become the fourth team in NFL history to score at least 37 points... Read more

Rollins' Rock ... 33

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 12:17 AM
Jimmy Rollins roped his 33rd double of the year Monday as the Phillies started their last week of the season. By doing so, he becomes the 13th major leaguer to reach 33 two-baggers in 10 or more seasons. He already owned the Phillies' record for that ... Bobby Abreu is second with seven. PLAYERS... Read more

The NFC Least

Monday, September 23, 2013, 7:24 PM
It took a while, but an NFC East team finally registered a victory against a team in another division. The Cowboys' 31-7 romp over the Rams Sunday was the first. Meanwhile, the AFC East has yet to lose outside of its own division. Here are how each division has fared to far against teams from other... Read more

From Curly to Andy

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 3:30 AM
This fall, Andy Reid and Lindy Ruff have brought to 10 the number of men in the four major sports who have coached one franchise for 14 or more continuous seasons and then went on to coach elsewhere. (Number of titles won with that team in parentheses.) Reid is one of five (*) of those 10 who moved... Read more
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

To listen to Boop on 94WIP, click here.

Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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