Sunday, February 7, 2016

Single Digits (May 2)

Single Digits (May 2)

Single Digits (May 2)


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

♦ We are sure you have heard that this year’s Flyers team had seven 20-goal scorers. But did you realize that none of them reached 30. They are are the first Flyers team to ever have that distinction.

♦ The Flyers-Rangers series was the only one of the NHL’s first-round matchups that did not go to overtime at least once.

♦ The Flyers scored just one goal in three of their four playoff losses. Since 2005-06, teams that score exactly one goal in a playoff game are 24-223 (.097).

♦ Through games of Thursday, the Phillies’ Class A team in Clearwater was 5-21 (.192), by far the worst record of any team in the affiliated minor leagues.

♦ Saturday marks the first time in NBA history that there will be three Game 7s on the same day.

♦ The NHL on Wednesday had three Game 7s on the same day for the first time since Tuesday, April 22, 2003. The Flyers, who lost to the Rangers Wednesday, were involved in one of those Game 7s. They stopped the Maple Leafs, 6-1, to advance ... Unbelievably, Minnesota and Colorado hooked up on both of those historic Game 7 nights, the Wild winning in overtime in each.



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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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