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Thursday, December 4, 2014, 3:03 AM
Click below to see how the Daily News Staffers selected College and Pro Football games against the spread this season: Weekend of: College Pro Vegas Vic Dec. 26-30 Week 18 Week 17 Week 17 Dec. 18-24 Week 17 Week 16 Week 16 Dec. 11-15 Week 16 Week 15 Week 15 ... Read more

Single Digits, Eagles Training Camp Edition

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:04 AM has posted one of our quick-hitting Eagles Single Digit stats during each weekday of training camp this season. Below is the entire list, in case you missed any of them ... or wanted to read them again. Send me an email ( with your favorites among these or if you... Read more

A.J. Burnett & The Pitcher's Dozen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:57 AM
With a dozen Ks Monday night against the Nationals, the Phillies’ A.J. Burnett became the first player in major league history to record a game of 12 or more strikeouts for five different teams. He had been one of seven hurlers to do that with four teams. See the complete list of those seven... Read more

From 100 wins to 100 losses

Monday, August 25, 2014, 9:06 PM
Unless Ryne Sandberg’s Phillies play .100 baseball over the last five weeks of the season, they will avoid losing 100 games. And that will prevent them from going from 100-plus wins to 100-plus losses quicker than any team in history. Yes, it was a mere three years ago when the Phillies marched... Read more

A.J.'s Fall

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 7:09 PM
Here are the Phillies' records by month in games started by A.J. Burnett: April 4-2 May 3-3 June 2-3 July 1-5 August 0-4 Read more

Single Digits (Aug. 20)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:44 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ There were an even 400 flags thrown during Week 2 of the NFL preseason. That was up from the already-very-high 338 in Week 1. ♦ Brooklawn (N.J.) won the American Legion World Series with an 18-0 win over Midland (Mich.)... Read more

How High For Ben

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 2:33 AM
As of Tuesday morning, Ben Revere's .315 batting average would be 15th among all Phillies that have qualified for a batting title in the expansion era. And a couple of those higher averages came during the 1981 strike-shortened season (*). Here are all qualifying batters that hit .310 or better for... Read more

Welcome, Mariners

Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:55 PM
Monday night, the Seattle Mariners became the last of the current 30 MLB teams to play in Citizens Bank Park. Here are every major league team's record at CBP (including the Blue Jays' three "home games" in 2010), listed by number of regular season wins (through Monday): TEAM RECORDS @CITIZENS... Read more

Talking 'Bout Walk-Offs

Monday, August 11, 2014, 12:55 AM
More than enough stuff on Phillies’ walk-off wins to get you through this upcoming West Coast trip. All numbers are through Sunday’s games: ♦ Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Phillies have 109 home wins (23rd in the majors), but a MLB-high 29 walk-off wins. That works... Read more

Single Digits (Aug. 5)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 2:58 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ On Sunday, 1B Ryan Howard, 2B Chase Utley and SS Jimmy Rollins started their 886th game together at those positions for the Phillies, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That ties the major league for most games started by players... 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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