Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Not An Even Slate

No rest assured.

Not An Even Slate

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(Special thanks to my friend, neighbor and BoopStats fan Joe Cleary for his suggestion on this one. If you have a stat idea for us to pursue, email me at BoopStats@phillynews.com.)

Since the Cowboys played their traditional Thanksgiving Day game and the Eagles appeared on Monday Night Football, for the sixth time in the last nine games, the Eagles will be facing an opponent that has had more rest than they have. And in only one of those situations was the difference a single day. The other five were each at least four days, and four of those was a full week.

Only twice this season will they have faced a team with less rest than the Birds, and those two differences will have been a combined four days.

Here are the Eagles' Games 2-16 and the date of each team's previous contest:

       Date of Previous Game  
 Date  Opponent  Eagles  Opponent
 Sept. 16     Ravens  SEPT. 9  Sept. 10
 Sept. 23  Cardinals  Sept. 16  Sept. 16
 Sept. 30  Giants  Sept. 23  SEPT. 20
 Oct. 7  Steelers  Sept. 30  SEPT. 23
 Oct. 14  Lions  Oct. 7  SEPT. 30
 Oct. 28  Falcons  Oct. 14  Oct. 14
 Nov. 5  Saints  Oct. 28  Oct. 28
 Nov. 11  Cowboys  Nov. 5  NOV. 4
 Nov. 18  Redskins  Nov. 11  NOV. 4
 Nov. 26  Panthers  Nov. 18  Nov. 18
 Dec. 2  Cowboys  Nov. 26  NOV. 22
 Dec. 9  Buccaneers     Dec. 2  Dec. 2
 Dec. 13  Bengals  Dec. 9  Dec. 9
 Dec. 23  Redskins  DEC. 13  Dec. 16
 Dec. 30  Giants  Dec. 23  Dec. 23
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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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