Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Eagles, One Line At A Time

A half-dozen quick, one-line BoopStats on the Eagles as training camp gets underway.

The Eagles, One Line At A Time

Every weekday through Aug. 30, is using a quick-hitting Eagles BoopStat on its main Training Camp Page. Here are the first half-dozen, in case you missed them:

The Andy Reid era, such that it was, lasted 5,014 days (Jan. 11, 1999 to Dec. 31, 2012).

The Eagles have played their last four home openers against the eventual Super Bowl champions (Saints, Packers, Giants, Ravens). The Chargers are first to the Linc this season.

Over the last three games of 2011 and the first two of 2012, Brent Celek had 516 receiving yards. Over his last 13 games of 2012, he had 462 receiving yards.

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In the first two games of the 2012 season, the Eagles recorded back-to-back one-point victories for the first time in their history.

The last time the Eagles handed the ball to a running back on the first play of the season was 1994.

In a 27-6 loss to the Cardinals in Week 3 last season, the Eagles saw their streak of games (including postseason) with at least one offensive touchdown snapped at 36. The club record is 99 (1977-83).

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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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