Friday, November 27, 2015

NFC East Race at a Glance

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 11:25 PM
Yes, we know the Eagles laid a 45-17 egg last Sunday, but we were raised to believe to never give up — on a game nor on a season. So, with a division title still a possibility, we put together everything you need to know at this point about the NFC East race, including results, schedules and... Read more

Twenty-Two Skiddoo

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 11:29 PM
There have been nine losing streaks of 22 or more games across the four major sports since 1900. Philadelphia teams now own three of them, as the Sixers' most recent skid reached that level Wednesday. The city also has three 20-gamers in that time, so it owns six of the 19 that have lasted at least... Read more

Single Digits (Nov. 17, 2015)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 2:42 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Sixers are the first team in NBA history to start a season 0-11 three different times. They began 0-15 in 1972-73 and got out on an 0-17 (one off the record) slide last season. ♦ Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell (all... Read more

City 6 Men/Women Schedules

Friday, November 13, 2015, 1:06 AM
Click one (or all) of the links below to get your 2015-16 City 6 Basketball Schedules: HERE for Men's Team-By-Team Schedules HERE for Men's Composite Schedule HERE for Women's Composite Schedule HERE for Men & Women City Series Schedules Read more

Okafor's Debut

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 10:26 PM
Sixers' Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points in his first career game Wednesday night, which is tied for the 11th highest total for any player making his NBA debut since 1963-64. That is also the highest debut for any Duke in NBA history. He is the third Sixers to reach that point total in Game 1. The... Read more

Temple and the Unbeatens

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 12:57 AM
Temple is one of 12 NCAA Division I-A teams that are undefeated. For a look at them all, click HERE Read more

Eagles vs. The Undefeateds

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 9:05 PM
The Eagles travel to Carolina this Sunday night to take off the 5-0 Panthers ... And we are sure you are wonderwing how the Birds have done against undefeated teams in their history ... Well, so were we ... Check out all 14 of those games HERE. Read more

Eagles Day After BoopStats Page

Monday, September 21, 2015, 8:07 PM
If you missed an of the BoopStats blocks in the Daily News' Eagles game coverage, click on the score below to see them: 2015 Gm. Day, Date Result (Home Team in CAPS) 2 Sunday, Sept. 20 Cowboys 20, EAGLES 10 1 Monday, Sept. 14 FALCONS 26, Eagles 24 Read more

The Chip Kelly record book

Monday, September 14, 2015, 1:15 AM
On June 28, 1999, Chip Kelly was promoted to offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire by head coach Sean McDonnell, and the dominoes for what has become the Eagles’ 2015 offense began to tumble. We scoured over the 207 games Kelly’s clubs have played with him at the offensive... Read more

The Old Man and The Ps

Monday, August 31, 2015, 11:52 PM
The Mets' Bartolo Colon (42 years, 99 days old Monday) came within three outs of becoming the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout against the Phillies since at least 1914. As it is, he is the second oldest to hold them scoreless in an outing that lasted eight innings or more over that span. A total of... 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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