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Owls Try on Another City Series Crown

Temple picked up its 20th Big 5 title Thursday night.

Owls Try on Another City Series Crown

Khalif Wyatt (center)puts up a one-handed shot in the second half as he goes by La Salle´s Jerrell Wright (left) in the second half. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Khalif Wyatt (center)puts up a one-handed shot in the second half as he goes by La Salle's Jerrell Wright (left) in the second half. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Thursday's night Temple-La Salle game capped off the 49th season of a full round-robin city series in Big 5 history. The Owls' 82-74 victory earned them a share of the crown, their 20th. (The 1992-99 half round-robin simply do not count in BoopStats World.)

   Total  Outright  Shared
 La Salle     9      4     5
 Penn   10      5     5
 Saint Joseph's       17      9     8
 Temple    20       4    16
 Villanova   17      9      8
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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.

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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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