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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

The Dismantling of a Champion

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:16 AM
Chase Utley is the 25th of the 27 members (postseason roster plus two noteworthy regular season contributors) of the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies to leave the club. They are listed below in chronological order of their departure. (R: Released; T: Traded; FA: Became a free agent; C; Claimed off... Read more

Long-time Eagles teammates

Friday, August 14, 2015, 3:00 AM
Todd Herremans and Trent Cole will be back at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday, a place they have spent much time at for the last decade. In fact, their 10 seasons together with the Eagles was surpassed by only a handful of other groups of teammates in club history. (Includes any season a player spent... Read more

Batting First, Playing First

Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:23 PM
When Chase Utley steps into the batters box Monday night, he will become the 12th Phillies first baseman to lead off a game since 1940, according to Here they are, by the most recent: PHILLIES STARTING FIRST BASEMEN BATTING LEADOFF (Since 1940) Player Games ... Read more

Phillies Homes Away From Home

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:29 PM
With their three-game sweep over the weekend, the Phillies are now an astounding 30-10 at Petco Park in San Diego, by far their best sustained record in any stadium over the last 102 seasons. In fact,using, we were able to find 10 ballparks over that time in which the Phillies... Read more

Single Digits (Aug. 3, 2015)

Monday, August 3, 2015, 9:02 AM
A handful of quick-hitting one-liners: ♦ Saturday night, Cole Hamels threw a pitch for a team other than the Phillies, which re-established Larry Christenson as the Phils pitcher with the most starts who never appeared for another major league club. Hamels (who was dealt after 294 starts here)... Read more

Single Digits (July 31, 2015)

Friday, July 31, 2015, 2:43 AM
A handful of quick-hitting one-liners: ♦ Domonic Brown hit a home run Thursday night, his first of the season and his first at Citizens Bank Park in over a calendar year (July 25, 2015). ♦ It was Brown's 50th career home run,which is exactly how many Mike Schmidt hit ... in Wrigley Field... 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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