Friday, February 12, 2016

The worst Big 5 teams ever

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 11:46 PM
While it pains us to see Drexel (3-21, .125) and La Salle (5-17, .227) stumbling through their seasons, what little journalistic integrity we have would be lost if we did not point out where exactly those teams are headed as far as worst winning percentage in the city's history. Here are men's Division... Read more

Big 5 All-Time AP No. 1s

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 3:19 AM
There is a good chance that Monday afternoon a Big 5 school will appear at the top of the AP men's basketball poll for the 12th time since the poll began on Jan. 18, 1948. A quick chronologial look at those No. 1s: Year Date(s) School 1952 Dec. 16 Dec. 23 La Salle 1954 Dec. 7 Dec... Read more

Villanova's Big East Winning Streak

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 2:34 AM
After the hair-raising win at Seton Hall Wednesday night, Villanova has won its last 22 conference games (including last year's tournament), a Big East record (Connecticut at a 19-game in the late 1990s). Click HERE for a detailed look at the entire win streak, Notable: ♦ The Wildcats' last... Read more

As the Big 5 Celebrates 60, We Look Back at 50 ...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 1:01 AM
The Big 5 will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a city series doubleheader Wednesday night at the Palestra. Being the lazy historians that we have become, we are simply going to repost three things we did in the Daily News during the 50th anniversary during the 2005-06 season. Our apologies to... Read more

The Age-Old Question on Eagles Head Coaches

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 1:05 AM
If you're like us, you assumed that Doug Pederson would be one of the youngest head coaches in Eagles history. But you'd be wrong. In fact, he is the eighth oldest among the 21 non-interim head coaches the team has employed. Below are the Eagles head coaches (excluding Walt Kiesling of the infamous... Read more

Philly Coaching Timeline: 1976-2016

Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:15 PM
Click HERE for a timed look at Philadelphia's major professional head coaches (and managers) since Dick Vermeil was hired on Feb. 8, 1976: Read more

Super Bowl I Preview

Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:36 AM
Click Here for a Super Bowl I Preview On Friday night (8 p.m.), NFL Network will present for the first time since it was played live (49 years prior to the day), a complete play-by-play broadcast of Super Bowl I. Although the game was broadcast live on two networks (CBS and NBC), those tapes... Read more

Every 2015 Daily News Sports Cover

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 12:24 AM
Click on the chart below to take a glance through every Daily News Sports Cover from that month in 2015: JANUARY JULY FEBRUARY AUGUST MARCH SEPTEMBER APRIL OCTOBER MAY NOVEMBER JUNE DECEMBER Read more

Complete History of NFL Flex Schedule

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 12:33 AM
The NFL instituted Flex Scheduling for the 2006 season to allow games to be moved into and out of the certain Sunday time slots, particularly the Sunday Night Football game on NBC. Here is a complete list of every game that has been scheduled for - or moved into - that SNF slot over that time. Click... Read more

Flyers' career overtime goal-scoring leaders

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 11:17 PM
In a span of 23 days (Nov. 23 to Dec. 15), Shayne Gostisbehere has scored three overtime goals. Not bad for a kid whose NHL career now spans all of 17 games, including two last season. Only seven players in Flyers history have scored more regular season overtime goals than Ghost. Those with two or... 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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