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Zack Rosen's Last Stand

Friday, February 24, 2012, 12:05 AM
As Zack Rosen enters the most important weekend of his collegiate athletic life, he is all but certain to become the 10th player in Penn history to be named First Team All-Ivy League three times (see list below; *won Ivy League title). Unfortunately, he could become the first of those 10 to leave... Read more

Flyers' Finals Scoring: 1985 & 1987

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 8:38 PM
One of our younger followers, seeing that the Flyers were in Edmonton Thursday, asked how the clubs' scoring looked in the Stanley Cup Finals losses to the Oilers in 1985 and 1987. Below are the cumulative totals for the 12 games. Thanks to flyershistory.com, where you can find summaries for every... Read more

Drexel's Givens Joins The City's Elite

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7:00 AM
Congratulations to Drexel's Samme Givens, who on Wednesday joined the list of city Division I players that have reached 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career. He is the third Drexel player to do so, the 22nd overall. He follows on the heels of the Sixers' Lavoy Allen, who joined the club... Read more

Flyers' Run of Slow Starts

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30 PM
The Flyers have allowed the first goal in each of their last nine games and 12 of their last 13. And like Thursday night, it didn't take long to do so a lot of those games. Seven of them have come in the first 5:15, nine of them in the first 10 minutes. Those 13 games and the first goal-scorer: Date Opponent First... Read more

The NCAA 3,000-Point Club

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:50 AM
It's hard to believe, but it was 22 years ago Wednesday that La Salle's Lionel Simmons set off a Civic Center celebration by becoming the fifth NCAA Division I player to reach 3,000 points. Only two additional players have joined that exclusive club in the meantime. And three of the seven have local... Read more

The Power of Scott Hartnell

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 1:43 AM
Scott Hartnell's second-period goal Tuesday in Winnipeg was his first power-play tally since Jan. 22, when he had a pair enroute to a hat trick. That game capped off a 11-day run where six of Hartnell's seven goals had come with a man advantage. His league-leading 14 power-play goals has him tied... Read more

Who Are Sixers Beating, Losing To?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:55 AM
The Sixers appear to have hit a little bump in their road, and it may have as much to do with whose been on that road as it does injuries to their big men (Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand). Consider, the 20 teams they have beaten are currently a combined 251-384 (.395). The 14 teams they have fallen... Read more

The President's Day Precedent, Part 5

Monday, February 20, 2012, 9:00 PM
(BoopNote: The text from our good friend and Philly uber sports fan Greg Frank came in at 10:17 a.m. It suggested since it was Presidents Day, we see how the NHL's President's Cup winners had fared in the Stanlley Cup playoffs. Since BoopStats doesn't process anything it sees or hears at 10:17 a.m... Read more

The President's Day Precedent, Part 4

Monday, February 20, 2012, 8:00 PM
(BoopNote: We have looked at how the top NHL, MLB and NFL teams have fared in the postseason recently. Below we check in on the NBA. We will weave them all together in a post scheduled to go up at 9 p.m.) Only two of the last 11 NBA champions finished with the top mark in the regular season. Before... Read more

The President's Day Precedent, Part 3

Monday, February 20, 2012, 7:00 PM
(BoopNote: Earlier Monday afternoon, we looked how the top NHL and MLB teams have fared in the postseason recently. Here we look at the same thing for the NFL. We'll touch on the NBA (8 p.m.) later Monday evening and wrap it all up in one neat package (9 p.m.) before bedtime.) The Giants' Super... 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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