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Archive: October, 2012

Pablo Sandoval: Nine Times Three

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:24 AM
Pabdo Sandoval's three-home run game Wednesday was the ninth in baseball's postseason history (see full list below) and the third over the last two postseasons (72 games). Before that (1903-2010), there had been just six in 1,293 postseason games. Notable: ♦ Sandoval's performance was the first... Read more

Eagles' Unbeaten Opponents

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 12:43 AM
Sunday, for just the 11th time in the Super Bowl era, the Eagles will be facing an undefeated team (standing at 5-0 or better). The Birds have only won two of those games, over the 6-0 Redskins in 1978 (a game the Birds entered with a 3-3 record) and knocking off the 10-0 Giants in 1990: Date ... Read more

An Eagles Bye-Xamination

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:25 AM
If you call yourself an Eagles' fan and don't begin each day at the Daily News' Eagletarian Blog, you should turn in your Brian Dawkins' replica jersey. That's where we usually start our online cruising, and from where we lifted (and enhanced) this chart put together by the great Les Bowen. Not only... Read more

Out With The Old ... Part II

Monday, October 22, 2012, 12:34 AM
Now that Juan Castillo has been shown the door, Eagles Nation wonders whether Andy Reid may be approaching the day when he calls his last ill-timed timeout. We thought you’d like to take a look at the town’s midseason head-coach changes. There have been 24 since 1968. Click here to see... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 12:00 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Since winning the World Series for the... Read more

Missing Jim Johnson

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 12:00 AM
There is was no question that following Jim Johnson (left) as the Eagles defensive coordinator would be difficult, and the numbers — especially for the last 2 1/2 seasons — have been mediocre, at best. But one gets the feeling that if they had just gotten to the opposing quarterback a... Read more

Out With The Old ... Part I

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 3:36 AM
LISTEN TO BOOP & BIG DADDY Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Used with permission by SportsRadio 94WIP and CBS Philly. It seems you can’t turn on sports talk radio in Philadelphia these days without hearing the phrase "They never... Read more

Eagles By The Numbers

Monday, October 15, 2012, 3:20 AM
LISTEN TO BOOP & BIG DADDY Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Monday, Oct. 15. Used with permission by SportsRadio 94WIP nd CBS Philly. Click here for the full version of our Eagles By The Numbers Page in Monday's Daily News. Read more

The Lions Streak Tonight

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 10:00 AM
The last time the Eagles lost to the Lions (Nov. 16, 1986), Andy Reid was an offensive line coach at Northern Arizona. The Birds have beaten Detroit six consecutive times (including playoffs). Another win Sunday afternoon and it would rank tied for seventh among the Eagles' longest winning streaks... Read more

The Big, Green Fumbling Machine

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 12:00 AM
With eight fumbles in five games, Michael Vick is on a pace to eclipse not only the Eagles’ record for fumbles in a season (17), but also the league mark (23). If Vick is to make his way up that dubious statistical ladder for the club, he’ll be passing Randall Cunningham (with Vickk at... 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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