Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sixers: Bottoms Up

Friday, April 17, 2015, 2:44 AM
The Sixers may have failed in their "quest" to finish with the worst record in the NBA, but they did end the season at the bottom of a handful of statistical categories (see below). Here are the three most interesting: ♦ Home Attendance: For the first time in their 52 seasons in Philadelphia... Read more

Citizens Bank sparse

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1:22 AM
The Phillies' average home attendance through six dates is 17,389 less than it was four years ago, Citizens Bank Park's high-water mark. That difference, as it is now, would be the sixth largest decline for a major league baseball club over a five-year period (or shorter) since divisional play began... Read more

Scoreless starts, home and away

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12:07 AM
The Phillies became the eighth team since 1960 to be shut out in their first home game and their first road game of the season. None of the previous seven teams finished with a winning record and all finished in the lower half of their league in runs scored. In fact, the last four teams to do so finished... Read more

Ryan Howard's golden sombrero

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 11:23 PM
Sunday, Ryan Howard unfurled the ninth regular season Golden Sombrero of his career ... That is an 0-for-4 (or more AB) at the plate with every at-bat being a strikeout. Only 10 other major league players have more GS than Howard over the last 101 seasons. Here are players (including one pitcher*)... Read more

Flyers Streit Help

Friday, April 10, 2015, 2:40 AM
With a game left to play, Mark Streit now has 43 assists, tied for the seventh highest total for a defenseman in Flyers history: MOSTS ASSISTS IN A SEASON BY A FLYERS DEFENSEMAN Player Season GP A Garry Galley 1993-94 81 60 Mark Howe 1985-86 77 58 Garry Galley 1992-93 ... Read more

Utley, Ruiz in Openers

Monday, April 6, 2015, 1:35 PM
At least for one day, we are expecting big things from a couple of long-time Phillies. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz are both hitting over .400 in the club's season openers. In fact, they are second and third among all Phillies with 25 or more plate appearances on opening day since 1914. Utley has... Read more

1972-73 UCLA Team Profile

Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:38 AM
All week, we will be profiling the seven undefeated NCAA Champions ... 1972-73 UCLA (30-0) Click here for their game-by-game results Location: Los Angeles, Calif. Conference: Pacific-8 (Pacific-12). Bid: Automatic. Opponents’ Final Record: 468-334 (.584). NCAA Tournament/Through 1972-73... Read more

1971-72 UCLA Team Profile

Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:37 AM
All week, we will be profiling the seven undefeated NCAA Champions ... 1971-72 UCLA (30-0) Click here for their game-by-game results Location: Los Angeles, Calif. Conference: Pacific-8 (Pacific-12). Bid: Automatic. Opponents’ Final Record: 433-360 (.546). NCAA Tournament/Through 1971-72... Read more

1966-67 UCLA Team Profile

Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:36 AM
All week, we will be profiling the seven undefeated NCAA Champions ... 1966-67 UCLA (30-0) Click here for their game-by-game results Location: Los Angeles, Calif. Conference: Athletic Association of Western Universities (Pacific-12). Bid: Automatic. Opponents’ Final Record: 443-341 (.565)... Read more

1975-76 Indiana Team Profile

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 12:07 AM
All week, we will be profiling the seven undefeated NCAA Champions ... 1975-76 INDIANA (32-0) Click here for their game-by-game results Location: Bloomington, Ind. Conference: Big Ten. Bid: Automatic. Opponents’ Final Record: 558-341 (.621). NCAA Tournament/Through That Season: 15-5... Read more
About this blog

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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