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Chip Kelly's six-minute offense

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 11:45 AM
I love Chip Kelly's offense ... Kelly has no time for the time-of-possession stat. Thankfully, Kelly wouldn't know me from Adam Vinatieri, because I do care for time of possession. If you are an Eagles fan, maybe you should, too. I will show you why . . . But first, two caveats: ♦ Wrap your... Read more

Blankety-blank: A look at the Eagles' longest shutout streaks

Friday, October 24, 2014, 12:43 AM
Tack on the scoreless final 4:41 of the Oct. 5 Rams game to the shutout of the Giants two Sundays ago and the Eagles have now held opponents scoreless for the last 64:41. If they can keep the Arizona Cardinals off the board for most of the first quarter Sunday, they could make their way onto the list... Read more

Playing With World Series Records

Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:37 PM
Three things we can tell you for sure about the 2014 World Series: ♦ Either the Giants (.543) or the Royals (.549) will have the fourth-worst regular season winning percentage of what will at that point be 100 World Series Champions. (See list below) ♦ This is the fourth time that the... Read more

Voracek's Streaky Start

Monday, October 20, 2014, 1:46 AM
(With some alterations courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau via the Flyers, this list was corrected and updated Oct. 21, 2014.) Saturday night, Jake Voracek became the first Flyer in three seasons to score a point in each of the team's first five games. Nine times a Flyer has notched a point in each... Read more

Winning Despite Turnovers

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:18 AM
The Eagles are the ninth NFL or AFL team (since 1940) to have a record of 5-1 or better and a turnover margin of minus-5 or worse through six games (see list below). Notable: ♦ Two of the previous eight teams won titles. The 1964 Bills captured the AFC and the 1976 Raiders were John Madden's... Read more

Winning With Cole (Oct. 14)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:31 AM
Trent Cole now has nine career sacks of the Giants' Eli Manning (the most he has of any NFL quarterback), but he did something on Sunday he had never done before ... sack Manning in a game which the Eagles won. Before the 27-0 white-washing of Peyton's brother, the Eagles had been 0-5 in games when... Read more

Eagles Shutout Roll Call

Monday, October 13, 2014, 3:23 AM
Sunday night, the Eagles recorded their 12th shutout of the Super Bowl era. Click HERE for that list and more details. Read more

Eagles: The Black List

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 11:21 AM
The Eagles Sunday night will wear black jerseys for the 12th time in their history (although the first time paired with black pants). Here is a quick rundown of the previous 11 black jersey appearances (thanks to for help with the game details): SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2003 (1... Read more

Sunday Digits (Oct. 12)

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10:52 AM
The Eagles are going to do something Sunday night they have never done before. No, it’s not “win a Super Bowl.” They are going to wear all-black uniforms — black jersey, which they have worn before, and black pants, which they have not — when they meet the Giants at... Read more

Sunday Digits (Oct. 5)

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1:23 PM
We weren’t as concerned with the Eagles passing — twice — from the 49ers’ 1-yard line Sunday as we were with them not converting either time, when the rest of the NFL seems to be making it a habit. Before last weekend, NFL teams had thrown the ball 17 times on a goal-to-go... 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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