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A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... 

 ♦ Dan Uggla’s grand slam Monday night that gave the Braves’ a 9-6 victory at Citizens Bank Park broke an eight-game winning streak by the Phillies on Dollar Dog Nights.

♦ The Flyers are 3-0 in Madison Square Garden when Claude Giroux scores a goal ... 1-12 when he does not.

♦ Union College defenseman (and Flyers new signee) Shayne Gostisbehere was a plus-7 in the NCAA Championship game Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. He was on the ice for all seven Union goals — and none against — in the 7-4 win over Minnesota for the title.

♦ Flyers defenseman Mark Streit and Columbus rookie Ryan Johansen were the only NHL players to score in each of their club’s last six games. Streit had 10 points over that stretch, Johansen eight.

♦ The last time the Bruins and Red Wings met in the playoffs (1957), Bobby Orr had just turned nine years old ... No, he did not suit up for the Bruins that series.

♦ The Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (89.8%) should finish as the NBA’s top free-throw shooter, but he could also become the first league leader since 1985 (Larry Bird, 89.6%), to not crack the 90% mark.


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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