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The Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge

Numbers have always done a lot for us; now we’re going to let them do something for people who really matter. And if you join us, you may never look at the NCAA Tournament the same way again.

With Mrs. BoopStats’ approval, we have decided to make a donation to the Philadelphia chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer based on the number of points the city’s teams score in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Our formula is a dollar for every point scored by a Philly team in an NCAA Tourney loss, plus 50 cents for every point scored by a Philly team in an NCAA win (since those points are a gateway to another game, more points, and thus, and more money).

You can come up with your own idea — a penny a point, $10 a win, $3 for every made three-pointer — or wait until the tournament is over and send them a check for any sum ... or donate online anytime at

You don’t have to tell us what you are doing or for how much ... Just do it! It’ll make ripping up your tourney pool after an upsetting opening weekend just a little more bearable.

You can follow how we’re doing as the tournament moves along at

As a guideline, here are the highest-scoring NCAA Tournaments by Philly teams (we did not include any consolation games, just those contests in the main draws):



 1971  3  6-3  500  184  684
 1988  3  6-3  458  165  623
 1955  2  5-2  417  134  551
 1997  3  4-3  319  193  512
 1978  3  3-3  256  252  508
 1985  3  7-2  390  101  491
 2009  2  4-2  324  126  450
 2001  2  4-2  304  145  449
 1986  4  3-4  192  246  438
 1979  2  4-2  293  132  425
Bob Vetrone Jr.
About this blog

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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