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Archive: January, 2012

The Super Bowl Rematch Rematch

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:05 AM
For the 13th time in its history, the Super Bowl will be a rematch of a regular season meeting. And the Giants and Patriots are the first pairing of teams to do it twice. Notable: All three Giants Super Bowl wins came in "rematch" meetings. Their lone Super Bowl (2000, Ravens) was not ... Home teams... Read more

Sporadic Stats From Championship Sunday

Monday, January 23, 2012, 2:41 AM
NFL playoff doo-dads and sta-nicks picked up from scribbles in my margins and stolen from various places around the interent (specificall ESPN Stats & Info): ♦ Since 2007, Giants and Packers are 8-1 in road playoff games; the rest of the NFL is 13-28. ♦ Seven of the last 12 NFC title... Read more

Hartnell: Three, Naturally

Monday, January 23, 2012, 2:01 AM
Scott Hartnell Sunday registered a "natural" hat trick, three goals in a row in the same game with no scoring in between by either team. It was the 19th natural hat trick in Flyers history, the 14th in the regular season. The list is below (p: Power Play goal; s: Shorthanded goal). Notable: Hartnell... Read more

Roll Call of City's 40-Point Games

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 2:21 AM
On Jan. 14, Villanova's Maalik Wayns scored 39 points against Cincinnati, failing one point short of joining the roll call of Philly's college players to reach 40 in a single game. That list, chronologically (top five performances in bold): Date Player School Pts. Opponent Result Feb. 3, 1943 George... Read more

Opponents' Threes the Keys for Sixers

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:55 PM
The 76ers have allowed 56 three-point field goals to their opponents this year, equally distributed between their four losses (28) and 10 wins (28). And as ESPN's True Hoop blog pointed out earlier this week, they are now 0-4 when they allow six or more three-pointers, 10-0 when they allow four or... Read more

Couturier Chasing Flocky Hockey

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 12:42 AM
Sean Couturier Tuesday extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, which is just three behind the Flyers' rookie record of eight games, set by Ron Flockhart (below) during the 1981-82 season. Source: Date Opponent Result Pd. Time Type Assist(s) Feb. 4 North Stars T... Read more

Sixers' Home Starts to Aim For

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 1:46 AM
Wednesday, the 76ers will be aiming for the 10th 7-0 start at home in franchise history when they host the Denver Nuggets. With wins then and Friday (Atlanta Hawks), the club will have recorded just the fifth 8-0 home start in its history, just the third since moving to Philadelphia from Syracuse. Here... Read more

Sixers Sharing the Wealth in Wins

Monday, January 16, 2012, 2:47 AM
The Sixers' offensive contributions have run far and wide so far, Consider that heading into Monday afternoon's game, six different players have had a hand in the scoring lead in their nine victories: Date Opponent Score Leading Scorer Pts. Dec. 28 at Suns 103-83 Andre... Read more

Top Seeds Struggle

Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2:32 PM
With the Packers going belly up Sunday, No. 1 seeds are under .500 (6-8) in the divisional round dating back to 2005: Season No. 1 Seed Div. Opponent Result 2005 Colts Steelers L 18-21 Seahawks Redskins W 20-10 2006 Chargers Patriots L 21-24 Bears Seahawks W... Read more

Flyers' Hat Trick History

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 2:00 AM
On Jan. 7, Danny Briere registered the Flyers’ first hat trick of the season and the 187th (including playoffs) in their history. If was the fifth of Briere’s career and his third since joining the Flyers, which leaves him a mere 17 behind the club’s all-time leader, Tim Kerr. Here’s... 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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