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Archive: October, 2011

Kurt Coleman's Triple

Monday, October 17, 2011, 12:18 AM
Sunday, Kurt Coleman (right) became the first Eagle to nab three interceptions in the same game in 45 years. The complete list is below. Noteworthy: Coleman is the 10th Eagle with three picks in a game. Roy Zimmerman, the first Eagle to do it, did so twice ... Zimmerman's two three-pick games are... Read more

Eagles Aiming For Seven Big Ones

Friday, October 14, 2011, 12:55 AM
Only one team in NFL history (2000 St. Louis Rams) has gained 7,000 yards in a season. Three teams — including your 1-4 Philadelphia Eagles — are on a pace to do so this season: MOST YARDS IN A SEASON Team Yards Avg. Pts. Avg. W-L 2000 Rams 7075 442.2 540 33... Read more

Flyers Finally Allow An Even-Strength Goal

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:24 AM
When Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks in the second period Wednesday night, it was the first even-strength goal allowed by the Flyers this season. The 146:41 of playing time was the third longest the Flyers had ever gone into a campaign without allowing one. Only once (1995) have they made it through... Read more

Flyers Look For 11th 3-0 Start

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 1:13 AM
The Flyers head into their home opener Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks with a chance to start 3-0 for the 11th time in their history. Those starts (chronologically): Season W-L GF GA Final Record (Pts.) 1973-74 4-0 18 3 50-16-12 (112) 1975-76 4-0 21 12 51-13-16 (118) 1977-78 4-0 31 3 45-20-15... Read more

Vick is Third Eagles QB to go 400/300

Monday, October 10, 2011, 1:34 AM
On Oct. 2, Michael Vick registered the 10th 400-yard passing game in Eagles' history (regular season and postseason). Sunday (shown above), he followed that up with a 315-yard performance, becoming just the third Eagles QB to go 400/300 in consecutive games, the second to do so in consecutive weeks... Read more

Home Teams in Game 5s, Series-Winning RBI and more ...

Friday, October 7, 2011, 3:45 AM
There have been 66 best-of-five division series since baseball realigned and added a wild-card team for the 1995 season. Fifteen of those series have gone to a Game 5. The home team in those games is just 6-9. Only four of those elimination games were in the NLDS, and the home team in those games... Read more

Ryan Howard Pulling Away in 3K Games

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 3:34 AM
Thanks to the overnight musings of WIP's Big Daddy Graham and the fine baseball-reference website, we can pass along that Wednesday night, Ryan Howard struck out three times in a postseason game for the 10th time in his career. That is by far the most by any major league player. (Howard is shown at... Read more

Six in a Pinch for Phillies

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 1:44 AM
With Ben Francisco's historic blast Tuesday night (shown above), only the Yankees (with 11) have hit more postseason pinch-hit home runs than the Phillies’ six. (The Dodgers also have six; The Cardinals are next with five.) Tuesday’s homer was the third of the Phillies’ six to break... Read more

Phillies' Pence is Hunting Lefties

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 2:31 AM
When the righthanded Hunter Pence was traded from the Astros to the Phillies on July 29, he was hitting better against righthanded pitchers (.318) than he was against lefthanded pitchers (.278). Once in South Philly, he has simply owned southpaws. As a Phil, Pence hit .405 with a .528 on-base percentage... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 64

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 1:00 PM
On Sept. 15, Raul Ibanez became the 11th major leaguer to reach 30 doubles in 10 consecutive years: Yrs. Player Seasons 16 Stan Musial 1942-44, '46-58 12 Honus Wagner 1899-10 12 Tris Speaker 1916-27 11 Ed Delahanty 1892-02 11 Joe Medwick 1933-43 10 Rogers... 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.

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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