Saturday, December 27, 2014

Three Cheers for Marcus Smith

Three Cheers for Marcus Smith

Three Cheers for Marcus Smith

I thought the staff here at BoopStats would be happy when I woke them Friday morning and told them the Eagles had drafted a guy late in the first round that had thrown for 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for another four scores ... but I guess they just weren’t as impressed with Marcus Smith’s high school stats as I was.

They also weren’t impressed that he went up from 211 pounds in 2010 to 255 pounds for the 2011 fall semester at Louisville after being asked to bulk up for defense. But I can understand not being excited about that ... I’ve done that myself three times already this year.

But there were two things that did get our staff excited about the pick.

The selection of Marcus (a 6-foot-3 linebacker, defensive end, pass-rushing specialist, former quarterback) doubles the number of Smiths on the Eagles’ roster, joining Brad, a veteran wide receiver. And that becomes important when we tell you that each of the Eagles’ Super Bowl teams had a Smith on it (Charles in 1981; L.J. in 2005).

 And the consensus most important thing our staff determined about Marcus Smith?

 He’s not a fireman.



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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