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Archive: October, 2012

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 12:00 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION The Baseball Writers Association of America... Read more

Four On The Receiving End

Friday, October 5, 2012, 3:21 AM
LISTEN TO BOOP & BIG DADDY Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Friday, Oct. 5. Used with permission by SportsRadio 94WIP and CBS Philly. For only the fourth time since 1960 (as far back as we can check), four different players have led the Eagles in receiving yardage... Read more

Celebrating BoopStats in SportsWeek

Friday, October 5, 2012, 12:00 AM
To help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Philadelphia SportsWeek (powered by the Daily News), we've strung together an electronic version of all 53 BoopStats included in the publication so far. Click here to see those BoopStats. And when you are done reading each and every one ... Click here... Read more

Daily News College Football Picks

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 8:34 PM
Click here for the full version of the Daily News College Football Picks. Read more

The True Triple Crown Winners

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:23 AM
LISTEN TO BOOP & BIG DADDY Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Thursday, Oct. 4. Used with permission by SportsRadio 94WIP and CBS Philly. Many congratulation to Miguel Cabrera ... but we're here to rain on on his Triple Crown parade just a little bit... Read more

Boop on WIP w/Big Daddy Graham, Oct. 3

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 3:28 AM
Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Wednesday morning, Oct. 2. Used with permission by SportsRadio 94WIP and CBS Philly. Read more

A Ruf September

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 2:01 AM
Darin Ruf ... meet Denny Sothern. Those two are the only rookie September callups in Phillies history to hit three home runs in their initial stint with the Fightins. In the list below we look at Ruf (shown above) and 15 other selected players who made their major league debut for the Phillies in... Read more

Boop on WIP w/Big Daddy Graham, Oct. 2

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 3:27 AM
Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Tuesday morning, Oct. 2. Used with permission by SportsRadio 94WIP and CBS Philly. Read more

Brian Dawkins: 18 For 20

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 2:29 AM
Uniform number 20 was retired Sunday night by the Eagles to honor former All-World safety Brian Dawkins. He will be the last Eagles to don that number, but he wasn't the first. A total of 18 players are credited by the Eagles with wearing No. 20 (see list below). Four of the players listed (*) wore... Read more

Replacement Refs' Time Was Up

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 1:24 AM
Ever since the regular referees returned to start Week 4 last Thursday in Baltimore (photo at left), there has been something missing from NFL games ... ... about six minutes. While it seemed like some of those games the first three weeks went on for a day or so, but the longest non-overtime game... 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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