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Points, But No Playoffs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 2:40 AM
The 2014 Eagles scored the second-most points (474) in NFL history by a non-playoff team, surpassed only by Dick Vermeil's 2004 Kansas City Chiefs (483). (By the way, Vermeil's 2002 Kansas City team is third on the list. The Birds blew away their team record for points by a non-playoff team. MOST... Read more

Tracking Eagles Turnovers

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 1:09 AM
At one point covering the Texans, Panthers and Packers games, the Eagles went 104 minutes, 27 seconds without a turnover. In the 328:08 since then (just short of 26 quarters), they have committed 14. Click here to see their turnovers game-by-game. Read more

Sixers, Flyers Playing Well Together

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:39 AM
The Flyers and Sixers have played on the same day five times this month. The Flyers are 4-0-1 on those days and the Sixers are 4-1. On the December dates on which their Wells Fargo Center companion does not play, the Flyers are 2-2-2 and the Sixers are 0-6. They have one more mutual December play... Read more

God Winks ... Even in the Big 5

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 12:20 AM
As some of you may know, my father — Bob Vetrone Sr. (aka Buck The Bartender) — was a long-time sportswriter, broadcaster and publicist in this city before he passed away in March, 2005. He spent most of the last two decades of his life working at La Salle, mostly with the men’s basketball... Read more

Redskins short on picks

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:25 AM
If any team is going to help Mark Sanchez get over his interceptionitis, it would be the Washington Redskins. Their defense has just five in 14 games so far (only the Kansas City Chiefs have fewer), and are in danger — along with three other teams — of registering some of the lowest pick... Read more

Connor's climbing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:46 AM
With a sack Sunday night — the first of his career against a Dallas Cowboy quarterback — Connor Barwin moved into the top 10 on the Eagles' all-time single-season sack list. Attached is every Eagles with double-digit sacks in a season since it became an official statistic (1982). Read more

How The Eagles Get In

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:11 AM
Now that you have woken up twice (hopefully) after the Eagles seemingly fumbled (muffed?) away the NFC East title Sunday night, you should know that their chances for postseason play are still very real. Attached is a chart showing exactly what needs to happen to whom to give the Eagles playoff life... Read more

Sixers Win Big, Score Small

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:04 AM
Wednesday night, the Sixers did something they hadn't done in a long, long time ... Oh yeah, they won a game for the first time this season, but this goes back even further ... The last time — and in fact the only other time in their history — they won a game despite having a regulation... Read more

Sports Reference Tools

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:32 PM
A quick link to the extremely helpful play indexes ... NFL MLB Bat MLB Pitch NBA NHL PLAYER Season NFL Bat Pitch NBA NHL PLAYER Game NFL Bat Pitch NBA NHL PLAYER Streak NFL Bat Pitch NBA — PLAYER Touchdown NFL — — ... Read more

The Philly 1800/1000 Club

Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:22 AM
The University of the Sciences' Garret Kerr on Sunday became just the ninth player from an NCAA school (any Division) in the Philadelphia city limits to reach 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. That list (provided by USP Assistant Athletic Director Bob Heller, a long-time friend of BoopStats)... 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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