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Single Digits (May 6)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 2:35 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ So Michael Carter-Williams becomes the second 76er (joining Allen Iverson) to win the Rookie of the Year Award, but did you know there were five other players that were named ROY for other franchise and came to play for the Sixers... Read more

Single Digits (May 2)

Friday, May 2, 2014, 3:15 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ We are sure you have heard that this year’s Flyers team had seven 20-goal scorers. But did you realize that none of them reached 30. They are are the first Flyers team to ever have that distinction. ♦ The Flyers-Rangers... Read more

The NBA/Big 5 Coaching Double

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:45 AM
Jack Ramsay was one of nine men that have been head coaches in both the Big 5 and the NBA: Coach Big 5 NBA Teams Don Casey Temple Clippers, Nets Chuck Daly Penn Cavs, Pistons, Nets, Magic Dick Harter Penn Hornets Jim Lynam SJU Clippers, Sixers, Bullets Jack McCloskey ... Read more

Single Digits (April 21)

Sunday, April 20, 2014, 11:17 PM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Flyers had more second period goals Sunday (2) than they had in their previous nine second periods at Madison Square Garden (1). ♦ Claude Giroux has not had a shot on goal registered in his last 103 shifts against the Rangers... Read more

Single Digits (April 18)

Friday, April 18, 2014, 1:47 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Claude Giroux has 12 shots in his last 13 games at Madison Square Garden ... It has been 200 minutes of MSG ice time since his last goal there. ♦ Seven games have been played in the NHL playoffs so far. The Flyers are the... Read more

NBA Playoff Series (By Day & Series)

Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:41 AM
Click HERE for easy-to-read NHL Playoff schedules By Day and By Series. Read more

Final 2013-14 NBA Leaders

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:47 PM
Click HERE for th Final 2013-14 NBA Leaders Read more

Single Digits (April 17)

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 1:19 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Over the past 38 seasons, the Flyers have the best regular season record in the NHL, but nary a Stanely Cup to show for it. ♦ New Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald this season blocked more shots (242) than anyone else... Read more

Single Digits (April 16)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:16 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Dan Uggla’s grand slam Monday night that gave the Braves’ a 9-6 victory at Citizens Bank Park broke an eight-game winning streak by the Phillies on Dollar Dog Nights. ♦ The Flyers are 3-0 in Madison Square... Read more

Single Digits (April 15)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 3:06 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently -- ♦ The Phillies' B.J. Rosenberg Monday night became the first pitcher in at least 100 years (and probably forever) to face only three batters in a game and allow three home runs. A half-dozen players have allowed three homers over... 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.

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