Saturday, December 27, 2014

Single Digits (May 9)

Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:26 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Blake Bortles, the No. 3 pick in the first round chosen by the Jacksonville, threw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns when Central Florida played Temple at Lincoln Financial Field last November. Wanna take a wild... Read more

Single Digits (May 8)

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:36 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ There were 185 wide receivers that caught passes in the NFL in 2013. Their height was split almost exactly between being 6-foot and under (91 players) and 6-1 and over (94 players). The taller of those two factions had over 300... Read more

Single Digits (May 7)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:30 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Phillies will play their 20,000th game Thursday night. They would need to go undefeated between now and Sept. 1, 2020 to reach .500 all-tme. ♦ Cody Asche has been involved in both Phillies grand slams this season. He... Read more

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
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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