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Eagles By the Numbers

Sunday, September 23, 2012, 11:34 PM
Click here for a full version of Monday's Daily News Eagles By The Numbers Page. Read more

2-0 Into 444 Does Go

Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2:02 PM
Although the Eagles and Cardinals are both 2-0, the Philly Birds have out gained the Arizona birds by 444 yards. Here are the six 2-0 teams entering Week 3 along with their total yardage and NFL rank: Team Yards NFL Rank Eagles 942 1 Texans 748 10 49ers 726 13 Chargers... Read more

Shady's Place Among Eagles' Greats

Sunday, September 23, 2012, 12:00 AM
LeSean McCoy’s touchdown Sunday was the 34th of his Eagles career (29 rushing, five receiving), which ties him with Calvin Williams for 11th on the Eagles’ all-time list, breaking a tie with wide receiver Ben Hawkins. That’s not bad considering McCoy has just started his fourth season... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, September 22, 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 Which non-active member of the 400-home... Read more

Vegas Vic & Daily News Staff NFL Picks

Friday, September 21, 2012, 3:27 AM
Follow these links to see full versions of Vegas Vic's NFL picks ... ... and the Daily News' sports staff NFL picks. Read more

The Phillies' Best of Starts

Friday, September 21, 2012, 3:13 AM
By the time Domonic Brown singled to extend the Phillies' opening salvo against the Mets Thursday night to six consecutive hits, we had already looked up the Phillies' record for most safeties at the start of the game. That would be eight (also tied for the major league mark) done by the 1975 Phillies... Read more

The NFC Beast

Friday, September 21, 2012, 12:00 AM
In the first two weeks of the season, the four teams in the NFC East have gained at least 500 more total yards than every other division and are a combined +707 in yardage differential. Not surprising when the Eagles, Giants and Redskins are first, second and fourth, respectively, in the league in... Read more

Daily News College Football Picks

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6:12 PM
See the full version of the Daily News College Football Picks here. Read more

Where Do Howard's Big Pieces Fit?

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:26 AM
Ryan Howard's game-winning home run Wednesday night, was just the second time in his career that he hit a homer in the ninth inning or later that took the Phillies from a deficit to a lead. The first was a a two-run homer off Yhency Brazoban in the bottom of the 10th inning of a game the Phillies trailed... Read more

Rolling 900 To The Super Bowl?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 2:02 AM
For just the second time in their history, the Eagles' offense has broken the 900-yard barrier in their first two games. The only other Birds club to do so was in 1980, which resulted in the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance. All told, there have been 36 teams in AFL/NFL history that had a 900... 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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