Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thursday High Noon Stat Soup

Thursday High Noon Stat Soup

Thursday High Noon Stat Soup

♦ The Flyers’ Claude Giroux went shotless in their win over Tampa Bay Tuesday night. Frank Seravalli points out that it was the third time this season (in 10 games) that he failed to get something on net.
   Entering this season, Giroux had registered at least one shot on goal in 105 of his previous 106 regular season and playoff games.

♦ The Phillies’ equipment truck is packed and heading to Florida for Spring Training. It will go through eight of the 15 states in which I-95 runs (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida). For the record, our favorite Interstate goes through New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine if you head north (and have enough money for gas).

♦ Sixers’ opponents have committed just 13 personal fouls over the last 98 minutes and 25 seconds of playing time. That is one foul just about every 7.5 minutes.

Sixers starters shot just 6-for-32 in the first half of their Wednesday loss to the Pacers. The got better after intermission (9-for-27). The bench was 10-for-19 before the break, 6-for-12 after the break.

Kansas has lost back-to-back games for the first time since January, 2006, a span of 264 games. They trailed TCU, 12-2, with just over six minutes to go in the first half of their Wednesday game.

♦ The Celtics are now 5-0 since Rajon Rondo went down to a season-ending knee injury. They had lost the last six in which he played.

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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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