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Archive: October, 2011

McCoy Running For Running's Sake

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 2:53 AM
To us, the best aspect of LeSean McCoy's rushing game this season (he is averaging a league-best 107.7 yards a game), is that he is being counted on less as a receiver. The Andy Reid/Brian Westbrook-induced mentality still exists that receiving yards are just as important as rushing yards. But since... Read more

Cowboys under .500 since 2000

Monday, October 31, 2011, 1:47 AM
We're not sure which of these will be more joyful to read for Eagles Nation: ♦ Since 2000, the Eagles are 50 games over .500 (116-66-1). ♦ Since 2000, the Cowboys are under .500 (91-92). Here are the current NFC East teams' records over the last 11-plus seasons: OVERALL DIVISION ... Read more

Betting On The Eagle Bye Week

Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:47 AM
The Eagles — as you might have known — are 12-0 under Andy Reid in the game after their bye week. Here's a closer look at those games, as it relates to the late spread (as published in the previous Friday's Daily News): Noteworthy: The Eagles are 9-3 against the spread in the 12 games... Read more

The Eagles' Weak Linc

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 2:11 AM
If the Eagles beat the Cowboys Sunday night, it will have been 331 days between home victories for them. They haven't won a game at Lincoln Financial Field since Dec. 2, 2010, having dropped the last five. That is the longest home losing streak for the Birds since 1994-95. If the Eagles fumble away... Read more

Pushing On Without Pronger

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 3:15 AM
After his being injured Monday night (left) and set to miss at least a few weeks, we have to ask ... Just how much better are Chris Pronger's teams when he is on the ice? How about 400 goals better? Throughout his career, Pronger's teams haved scored 349 more total goals than their opponents while... Read more

The Jagr First-Goal Report

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 1:18 AM
When Jaromir Jagr finally scored Monday night (right), the Flyers' season was 438 minutes and one second old. That is, by far, the longest into any of his teams' seasons that it took the future Hall of Famer to light his first light. Below are the first goals of each of his 18 seasons. Noteworthy:... Read more

Paging Mr. October

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 12:00 PM
If you have ever heard the term "Mr. October," you are probably well aware that it most often is referring to Reggie Jackson. Jackson pretty much owned the five World Series in which he appeared, and is best known for his performance in the clinching Game 6 of the 1977 Classic. All he did that day... Read more

Owls Generating Good Returns

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 12:05 AM
Perhaps it is surprising to some to find the Temple Owls leading NCAA Division I-A in average yards per kickoff return. But it shouldn't be. It was only three season ago that the Owls finished the season atop I-A in that category. If they can hold on, they would be just the fourth team to lead in... Read more

Flyers Longest Unbeaten Starts

Friday, October 21, 2011, 1:05 AM
Ilya Bryzgalov (shown at left after the Capitals' fourth goal Thursday night) had allowed just eight goals in his first 260 minutes in the Flyers' net this season. Then the Capitals torched him for five in the next six minutes and eight seconds. Nonetheless, the Flyers did go unbeaten (without a regulation... Read more

Andrej Meszaros at Home With Flyers

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 12:54 AM
Before defenseman Andrej Meszaros (above) joined the Flyers, he was a minus-10 in 188 career home games over his five seasons with the Senators and Lightning. Over that same span, he was plus-16 on the road. Since coming to Philadelphia, Meszaros still has a better plus/minus on the road (+22 to +11)... 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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