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Archive: January, 2012

Sixers Are Bringing It Home

Friday, January 6, 2012, 3:21 AM
The 76ers — finally! — get to play a home game Friday night, the last NBA team to appear on its own court. And they will be making up for lost time, playing 18 of their next 22 games at the Wells Fargo Center. If early results around the league are any indictation, you can expect a lot... Read more

Philly Hoopla: Five for Five

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 5:05 AM
Five Philly college hoop teams won Wednesday night, including the big win by La Salle over Xavier and the huuuuuge victory by Temple over Duke. (Saint Joseph's, Penn and Drexel were also victorious.) So far — and we'll keep looking — we found only one day where five teams went undefeated... Read more

Kyle's Helping Hand

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 2:00 AM
The lockout has not seemed to hamper Villanova's Kyle Lowry, who is off to the best start of his six-year NBA career. He is averaging career-highs in every category, had a monster 18-assist game in the Rockets' win over the Hawks on New Year's Eve and missed a triple-double by a single assist Tuesday... Read more

Coaching Without Titles

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 12:00 PM
Only six men in NFL history have coached longer than Andy Reid without winning a title. Coach Yrs. Teams (Yrs.) Chuck Knox 22 Rams (8), Bills (5), Seahawks (9) Marty Schottenheimer 19 Browns (5), Chiefs (10), Redskins (1), Chargers (5) Bud Grant 18 Vikings (18) Marv Levy 17 ... Read more

Oooooohhhhh, Mr. Grant!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 2:12 AM
The moment Jeffrey Lurie made it known that Andy Reid would be back with the Eagles next season, the name Bud Grant entered what's left of my mind and hasn't left since. The Vikings' Grant holds the NFL record for most seasons coached with one team without winning an NFL title (18). Reid (above) is... Read more

Wrapping Up Some Eagles Stats

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 12:00 PM
Wrapping up some season-ending Eagles stats, some of which may even be interesting ... ♦ The Eagles finished 32nd (dead last) in the NFL in interception percentage (4.5%). Mike Vick was 23rd of the 33 qualifying quarterbacks in interception percentage (3.3%). Vince Young and Mike Kafka had a... Read more

The D-Jax Rebound

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 3:47 AM
Despite being "receiver non grata" for a lot of the season, DeSean Jackson did somehow manage to lead the Eagles in receiving yardage and became just the fifth player in NFL history to reach 900 yards in each of at least his first four seasons. JERRY RICE (12), 49ers Year Rec. Yds. TD 1985 49 927 3 1986 86 1570 15 1987 65 1078 22 1988 64 1306 9 1989 82 1483 17 1990 100 1502 13 1991 80 1206 14 1992 84 1201 10 1993 98 1503 15 1994 112 1499 13 1995 122 1848 15 1996 108 1254 8 ... Read more

The Winter Classic Curse

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 1:05 AM
For the fourth consecutive season, the team that hosted the NHL's Winter Classic (the Flyers) had a worse record after the big event than they had heading into the Classic. It also is starting to look like the New York Rangers are going to be the fourth of the five Winter Classic visiting teams to... Read more

Another Top 2 for Andy

Sunday, January 1, 2012, 4:07 PM
Unless the Giants-Cowboys game ends in a tie Sunday night, the Eagles (8-8) will finish second in the NFC East. It would be the 10th time in 13 seasons that Andy Reid will have finished in the top two in the division. Here's how the final NFC East standings break down during the Reid era (1999-10): ... 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.

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