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Archive: November, 2011

Shady Climbing Eagles Rushing Ladder

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2:21 PM
With 185 rushing yards last Sunday night, LeSean McCoy passed Anthony Toney, Herschel Walker and Billy Barnes to move into 13th place on the Eagles' all-time rushing list. The third-year running back out of Pittsburgh should easily crack the top 10 before the season is over. Here are the next handful... Read more

Eagles Overdue For A Shutout

Friday, November 4, 2011, 2:27 AM
When the Cowboys burned the Eagles for a 70-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter Sunday night, it extended the Birds' streak of not shutting out an opponent to 254 games (including postseason). That is a club record and the fifth longest current streak in the NFL (see below). Noteworthy: The... Read more

Another Must Win For Eagles

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 3:48 AM
How important is Monday Night's Game for the 3-4 Eagles. If NFC East history means anything, it is very important. Since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978, no 3-5 team has ever come back to win the NFC East. And only two 4-4 teams have been able to do so — the 1988 and 2006 versions of... Read more

Jimmy Rollins vs. Wilson Valdez

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 1:58 AM
It sure looks as though Jimmy Rollins will be swinging at the first pitch for another major league baseball club next season. And, if those in the know are right, the Phillies think Freddy Galvis is going to need a full Triple-A season under his belt before he sees the bright lights at the big show... 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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