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The Return of Mr. Phillie (Part 4)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 2:37 AM
Barring rainouts or other scheduling glitches, Wednesday June 25 could be a special day for Larry Bowa. That day — the Miami Marlins will be visiting Citizens Bank Park — could mark the 4,000th regular season game that Bowa has spent as a dugout member of the Phillies, as a player, coach... Read more

Come On, Baby, Light My Flyer

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 3:37 PM
Those expecting at new and improved performance from the Flyers Tuesday night just based on the new head coach may be disappointed. The seven previous Flyers coaches to take over in midseason were 3-3-1 in their debut ... although when you compare it to 0-3-0, .500 doesn't look so bad: (We have purposely... Read more

Flyers Old Hat at Making Change

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 1:14 AM
Peter Laviolette is the eighth Flyers coach to be replaced in mid-season, yet somehow he is only the third of those eight coaches who had a losing record to that point in the season. (And, yes, current general manager Paul Holmgren, who fired Lavvy Monday, was one of the other two.) As a whole, the... Read more

Another Seven For D-Jax

Monday, October 7, 2013, 1:00 AM
DeSean Jackson Sunday had his third game of seven or more catches in 2013, something he had only done four times entering this season. He had never had more than six catches against an NFC East team, but he has eclipsed that in both intradivision contests so far. His career games of seven or more... Read more

The Eagles' road ahead

Friday, October 4, 2013, 12:53 AM
For most NFL teams, hitting the road is a dubious task, but considering the Eagles haven't won at home in over a calendar year, it's probably better than the alternative. Especially, when you have some less-than-stellar teams to face on the road. The Eagles' remaining six road opponents currently... Read more

First-Goal Flyers

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 2:22 AM
Our hope for Flyers' opening night was a simple one, but it didn't work out. All we wanted was for Claude Giroux to twinkle the twine first so he could become just the second Flyer to score their initial goal of the year in three consecutive seasons. He would have tied Bill Barber (1980-81-82) had... Read more

Try To Top This Quarter

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 3:45 AM
You may not remember this — we certainly forgot — but the Eagles were within one score of the Broncos when they headed to the locker room trailing by 21-13 at halftime Sunday. What happened next was one of the finest examples of offensive football strewn over 15 minutes that you may ever... Read more

Half A Hundred

Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:10 AM
The Eagles hadn’t allowed an opposing team to reach the 50-point mark in 41 seasons. It is just the fourth time in Eagles history they have surrendered that many. Here are the games in which they allowed 50 or more: Date Opponent Result Opp. Pts. Next Gm. Nov. 26, 1972 @Giants ... Read more

Phillies' split seasons

Sunday, September 29, 2013, 5:31 PM
Ryne Sandberg is the first Phillies mid-season replacement manager to finish more than a game under .500 since 1972. Their midseason managerial changes since 1960: Year First Manager W-L Second Manager W-L 2013 Charlie Manuel 53-67 Ryne Sandberg 20-22 2004 Larry Bowa 85-75 ... Read more

Time of obsession

Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:34 AM
Chip Kelly will tell you that time of possession doesn't mean a thing in the NFL. We're here to tell you that it means at least a little more than he says it does. His Birds are dead last right now in average time of possession at 24:25. (Everybody else in the league but the Buffalo Bills, 24:48,... 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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