Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Single Digits (April 17)

Single Digits (April 17)

Single Digits (April 17)


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

♦ Over the past 38 seasons, the Flyers have the best regular season record in the NHL, but nary a Stanely Cup to show for it.

♦ New Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald this season blocked more shots (242) than anyone else in the NHL ... or the NBA. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka finished with 219 to lead the hoopsters.

♦ Over the Flyers’ eight straight losses in Madison Square Garden, Claude Giroux has played 173 minutes and 21 seconds ... and has no goals.

♦ Flyers have won their last five playoff games at MSG.

♦ In two of Cliff Lee’s last five starts (dating to last season), he has suffered a 1-0, complete-game loss to the Braves ... twice!!! ... Robin Roberts is the Phillies’ all-time leader in complete-game losses with 63.

♦ Through Wednesday, the Braves have as many home runs at Citizens Bank Park this season (6) as the Phillies do.


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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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