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Archive: January, 2013

Marty's Magic vs. Flyers

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 2:23 AM
Martin Brodeur's 120th career regular season shutout Tuesday night was also his 10th against the Flyers, tying them with the Islanders for the most times victimized by the sure Hall of Famer. Those 10 shutouts are also the most by any goaltender against the Flyers, twice more than any other netminder... Read more

Musial, Weaver Numbers to Remember

Monday, January 21, 2013, 4:32 AM
As word spread separately on the passing of baseball immortals Stan Musial and Earl Weaver over the weekend, a single stat popped into my head for each: 1815 for Musial, 283 for Weaver. ♦ Musial's 3,630 career hits were equally divided in home and road games, 1,815 for each. His career H/R splits... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz Answer

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 12:00 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun. On Sunday, we publish the answer with charts and commentary. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Which member of the 600-home run club hit his 300th, 400th, 500th and 600th... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 12:56 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun. On Sunday, we publish the answer with charts and commentary. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Which member of the 600-home run club hit his 300th, 400th, 500th and 600th... Read more

Some Stat Chips on this Kelly Fellow

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 3:14 AM
When it comes to statistics for college football and the NFL, it’s like comparing apples and carburetors. So we hope you take the following with a grain of salt and consider the intent we bring, which is just having some fun with numbers after a long and arduous search ... and if something revealing... Read more

The Short End of the Stick

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00 AM
When the NHL finally gets around to dropping the puck at 3 p.m. Saturday, if will officially bring to a conclusion the 11th work stoppage among the four majors sports in 41 years. In that time, the four area teams will have lost a total of 337 regular-season games to those stoppages (*that includes... Read more

Sixers Open Up a Hornets Mess

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 1:38 AM
No two games will tell the story of where the Sixers were at the beginning of the season and where they are now than their two meetings with the Hornets (Nov. 7 in New Orleans; Tuesday here). Below we compare their numbers in those two games. Here are two things to check out: the Hornets' two-point... Read more

Flyers' First-Year Impressions

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 12:00 AM
Center Matt Read last season became just the third Flyer to lead the NHL in goals by a rookie, and just the second to do so outright. Hall of Fame left wing Bill Barber had 30 in 1972-73 to tie the Rangers' Mike Vickers for rookie honors and Mikael Renberg's 38 paced first-year players in 1993-94... Read more

Luke Schenn's Hit Parade

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 12:24 AM
We’re guessing that new Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn — brother of Flyers center Brayden Schenn — will become a fan favorite within minutes of the first shift he takes on the Wells Fargo Center ice. Not only did he lead all NHL defensemen in hits last season, he has done so in each... Read more

The Numbers Behind Billick

Monday, January 14, 2013, 2:01 AM
It appears that NFL FOX commentator — and former Super Bowl-winning coach — Brian Billick has entered the "Who Wants to Interiew to Be Head Coach of the Eagles" contest that is sweeping the nation. So, we dutifully trot out some numbers on him ... ♦ Of the 28 coaches who have won... 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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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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