Friday, February 27, 2015

Dialing Up Some "W"s in Dayton

Big 5 Dallying in Daytin

Dialing Up Some "W"s in Dayton

Ed Barkowitz points out in Friday's Daily News that Big 5 teams are 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games in Dayton, Ohio, where Temple opens its postseason Friday afternoon just two days after La Salle kicked it's off its postseason with a victory there.

The results (*No. 1 seed):

 Date  Round  Score
 March 12, 1981
 First Round
 Saint Joseph's 59, Creighton 57
 March 14, 1981
 Second Round
 Saint Joseph's 49, *DePaul 48
 March 15, 1985
 First Round
 Villanova 51, Dayton 49
 March 17, 1985
 Second Round
 Villanova 59, *Michigan 55
 March 13, 1986
 First Round
 Temple 61, Jacksonville 50 (ot)
 March 15, 1986
 Second Round
 *Kansas 65, Temple 43
 March 20, 2013
 First Round
 La Salle 80, Boise St. 71
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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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