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No Philly Home-Field Advantage

No Philly sports team has played well at home lately.

No Philly Home-Field Advantage

If the Occupy Philly people need a place to stay, maybe the sports complex should be their next stop. Seems none of the local sports teams have been using their home digs to their full advantage lately.

We're sure you have seen that the Eagles are 1-8 (including playoffs) in their last nine home games, but did you know that is the same record the Phillies were in their last nine home games of 2011?

Now, to be fair, the Phillies raised their home record to 52-23 when they clinched the NL East at home on Sept. 17, and their subsequent six-game losing streak at CBP meant little in the standings. But going 1-2 at home in the playoffs to a wild-card team tells us maybe they should have worried a little more about defending their turf, clinching be damned.

The Flyers (6-4-2 at home season) are under .500 there since last February.

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Even the Sixers, who won 20 of 26 at the Wells Fargo Center during one stretch last season, limped down the stretch with a 6-6 record there.

Here is how each of the four teams has fared at home lately:

Team Since Home Away
Eagles Dec. 3, 2010 1-8 (.111) 5-2 (.714)
Flyers Feb. 13, 2011        11-13-7 (.468)       17-11-3 (.597)
Sixers March 9, 2011 6-6 (.500) 3-9 (.250)
Phillies         Sept. 18, 2011      1-8 (.111) 5-3 (.625)
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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