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The Dallas Unhappy Returns

Monday, November 12, 2012, 3:20 AM
For just the fourth time in their history, the Eagles' allowed three return touchdowns in the same game Sunday, and Andy Reid was the coach for two of those (Dec. 5, 2005). Joe Kuharich was on the sidelines for both of the others (Nov. 29, 1964; Oct. 2, 1966). In none of the three previous instances... Read more

Turnover Smackdown

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 12:00 AM
The NFC leader in turnovers will be on display at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday — and it’s not Michael Vick. Thanks to separate five- and four-interception games, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has even more turnovers (15) than Vick (14). Both are far behind the league leader, Kansas City’s... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:01 PM
(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 Who are the four players that have hit... Read more

Andy Reid's Run on the NFC East

Friday, November 9, 2012, 2:23 AM
Andy Reid currently has a six-game winning streak against the NFC East, which is the third longest of his career as well as the third longest in Eagles history. Here are the Birds' winning streaks of five or more vs. the NFC East and their coach at that time: No. Seasons Coach ... Read more

College Hoops Previews & The 300 Club

Friday, November 9, 2012, 1:16 AM
College basketball kicks off Friday — and in case you missed any (or all) of the team preview pages this week in the Daily News, we have put them all together for you in one place, along with the composite schedule. Chick here to download those pages. And below is a look at the returning players... Read more

The Top Cowboy

Friday, November 9, 2012, 12:00 AM
With seven catches against the Falcons Sunday, tight end Jason Witten became the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receptions. The nine Dallas players 300 or more catches: Player Seasons Rec. Yards Avg. Long TD Jason Witten 2003-12 754 8,477 11.2 69 ... Read more

Vegas Vic's Pro Football Picks

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10:48 PM
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Daily News Staff Pro Football Picks

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10:45 PM
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Dougie Defense

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12:42 AM
You don't think defense is coaching in the NBA? Doug Collins says differently. The Sixers have allowed fewer than 63 points in a game three times in their 50 seasons here, and Collins (shown at right coaching Wednesday in New Orleans) was the coach for two of them. Wednesday was the 13th time in... Read more

Daily News Staff College Football Picks

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12:00 AM
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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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