Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lincoln Financial Fraud

Eagles are only one of 122 current sports franchises to do this ...

Lincoln Financial Fraud

Far be it for us to harp on one particular stat (smile), but there always seems to be another angle when it comes to the Eagles' current love nest.

Since 2003 — the year Lincoln Financial Field opened — 121 of the 122 franchises among the four major sports have better regular season records at home than they do on the road. Wanna take a wild guess on the team that doesn't? Yeah, that would be your Eagles (45-38, .542 vs. 49-34-1, .589).

The only team that is close are those stinkin' New York Giants, whose victory over the Vikings Monday night kept their home record percentage points above their road record since 2003.

For those that like their glass half full, the Birds do share the NFL lead in road victories (3) this season.

Some other Eagles notables:

♦ The 17-3 loss to the Cowboys was the fifth-lowest scoring Eagles game ever at the Linc.

♦ If Matt Barkley has to get the call Sunday, it will mark the first time the Eagles will have three different quarterbacks start games in one season since 2002. They started four different QBs in the 1991 season, the only such season since 1956 (which is how far back the records go).

LeSean McCoy picked up a 4th-and-1 on Sunday, making him 12-for-13 in his career in such situations.

♦ The Giants are the only NFL team whose defense is averaging less than one full sack a game. They have six in seven games. Andy Reid's Chiefs have had six or more in one game three different times this season.

♦ The Eagles (4) and Giants (6) have combined to allow 10 return touchdowns already this season. New York allowed their third punt return TD of the year Monday night, the only time the Vikings sniffed the end zone.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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