Saturday, December 20, 2014

Redskins short on picks

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:25 AM
If any team is going to help Mark Sanchez get over his interceptionitis, it would be the Washington Redskins. Their defense has just five in 14 games so far (only the Kansas City Chiefs have fewer), and are in danger — along with three other teams — of registering some of the lowest pick... Read more

Connor's climbing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:46 AM
With a sack Sunday night — the first of his career against a Dallas Cowboy quarterback — Connor Barwin moved into the top 10 on the Eagles' all-time single-season sack list. Attached is every Eagles with double-digit sacks in a season since it became an official statistic (1982). Read more

How The Eagles Get In

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:11 AM
Now that you have woken up twice (hopefully) after the Eagles seemingly fumbled (muffed?) away the NFC East title Sunday night, you should know that their chances for postseason play are still very real. Attached is a chart showing exactly what needs to happen to whom to give the Eagles playoff life... Read more

Sixers Win Big, Score Small

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:04 AM
Wednesday night, the Sixers did something they hadn't done in a long, long time ... Oh yeah, they won a game for the first time this season, but this goes back even further ... The last time — and in fact the only other time in their history — they won a game despite having a regulation... Read more

Sports Reference Tools

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:32 PM
A quick link to the sports-reference.com extremely helpful play indexes ... NFL MLB Bat MLB Pitch NBA NHL PLAYER Season NFL Bat Pitch NBA NHL PLAYER Game NFL Bat Pitch NBA NHL PLAYER Streak NFL Bat Pitch NBA — PLAYER Touchdown NFL — — ... Read more

The Philly 1800/1000 Club

Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:22 AM
The University of the Sciences' Garret Kerr on Sunday became just the ninth player from an NCAA school (any Division) in the Philadelphia city limits to reach 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. That list (provided by USP Assistant Athletic Director Bob Heller, a long-time friend of BoopStats)... Read more

Eagles Home Turnaround

Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:08 AM
The 2012-13 Eagles were the 17th NFL/AFL team to suffer through a home losing streak or 10 or more games. But they are the first of those 17 teams to directly follow that slide with a home streak of anything longer than four wins. They are at nine consecutive victories at Lincoln Financial Field .... Read more

Sixers halfway there

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 4:28 PM
The Sixers (now 0-9) are halfway to tying the NBA mark for worst start (0-18) and with a loss Monday in San Antonio can become the 14th NBA team to start 0-10 or worse: Start Season Team Final 0-18 2009-10 Nets 12-70 0-17 1888-89 1998-99 Heat Clippers 15-67 9-41 0-16 ... Read more

City 6 Composite Schedules

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 1:25 AM
Click Below for the City 6 Composite Schedules: (Note: The half-season versions will print bigger ... ) 2014-15 CITY 6 COMPOSITE SCHEDULES MEN ENTIRE SEASON WOMEN ENTIRE SEASON MEN NOV 14-JAN 18 WOMEN NOV 14-JAN 15 MEN JAN 19-MARCH 15 WOMEN JAN 16-MARCH 15 Read more

Eagles/New York QB connection

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 11:38 PM
Mark Sanchez last Sunday became only the ninth quarterback since 1960 to throw a pass for the Eagles and either of the New York football teams (Jets and Giants, in case you’ve forgotten) in their career. He did so only two months after Michael Vick became No. 8 on the list. The only way any... Read more
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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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