Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Haven't We Been Here Before

These four are no stranger to the Final Four.

Haven't We Been Here Before

This year's Final Four schools are no stranger to the final weekend, having reached the national semifinals a combined 49 times.

Consider this: There has never been four consecutive Final Fours without at least one of this year's participants.

Those F4 appearances in reverse chronological order:

  Kentucky (15)     Kansas (14)     Ohio State (11)      Louisville (9)  
2012 2012 2012 2012
2011      
  2008    
    2007  
      2005
  2003    
  2002    
    1999  
1998      
1997      
1996      
1993 1993    
  1991    
  1988    
  1986   1986
1984      
      1983
      1982
      1980
1978      
1975     1975
  1974    
      1972
  1971    
    1968  
1966      
    1962  
    1961  
    1960  
      1959
1958      
  1957    
  1953    
  1952    
1951      
1949      
1948      
    1946  
    1945  
    1944  
1942      
  1940    
    1939  
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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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