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Single Digits (May 19)

Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:32 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Some time ago on this blog we pointed out that the Flyers have the best cumulative regular season record in the NHL dating back to the 1975-76 season, but nary a Stanley Cup to show for it. The never-idle Rich Hofmann in his Monday... Read more

Single Digits (May 14)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1:04 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Chase Utley is ninth player in last 100 years to be hit by a pitch in four consecutive games ... Carlos Quentin (6 straight games, 2008) is the only one of those that went longer than four games ... See the list HERE. ♦... Read more

Freddy Galvis' Lower .048

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 1:58 AM
If Freddy Galvis didn’t have bad luck this season, he wouldn’t have any luck at all. First off, he picked up an MRSA infection towards the end of spring training ... Then once he returned he couldn’t hit himself out of a plastic Wawa bag ... And now, after going down to Lehigh Valley... Read more

Three Cheers for Marcus Smith

Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:27 AM
I thought the staff here at BoopStats would be happy when I woke them Friday morning and told them the Eagles had drafted a guy late in the first round that had thrown for 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for another four scores ... but I guess they just weren’t as impressed with Marcus... Read more

Single Digits (May 9)

Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:26 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Blake Bortles, the No. 3 pick in the first round chosen by the Jacksonville, threw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns when Central Florida played Temple at Lincoln Financial Field last November. Wanna take a wild... Read more

Single Digits (May 8)

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:36 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ There were 185 wide receivers that caught passes in the NFL in 2013. Their height was split almost exactly between being 6-foot and under (91 players) and 6-1 and over (94 players). The taller of those two factions had over 300... Read more

Single Digits (May 7)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:30 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The Phillies will play their 20,000th game Thursday night. They would need to go undefeated between now and Sept. 1, 2020 to reach .500 all-tme. ♦ Cody Asche has been involved in both Phillies grand slams this season. He... Read more

Single Digits (May 6)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 2:35 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ So Michael Carter-Williams becomes the second 76er (joining Allen Iverson) to win the Rookie of the Year Award, but did you know there were five other players that were named ROY for other franchise and came to play for the Sixers... Read more

Single Digits (May 2)

Friday, May 2, 2014, 3:15 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ We are sure you have heard that this year’s Flyers team had seven 20-goal scorers. But did you realize that none of them reached 30. They are are the first Flyers team to ever have that distinction. ♦ The Flyers-Rangers... Read more

The NBA/Big 5 Coaching Double

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:45 AM
Jack Ramsay was one of nine men that have been head coaches in both the Big 5 and the NBA: Coach Big 5 NBA Teams Don Casey Temple Clippers, Nets Chuck Daly Penn Cavs, Pistons, Nets, Magic Dick Harter Penn Hornets Jim Lynam SJU Clippers, Sixers, Bullets Jack McCloskey ... 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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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