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Archive: December, 2012

Could Andy Reid's Finale Be a Night Game?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 1:30 AM
Perhaps the irony is that the Andy Reid era is going to hang on a little longer than we thought after all ... if only for a few hours. The NFL will enforce its flex scheduling for Week 17 no later than Monday (Merry Christmas Eve!) depending on the playoff possibilities for that weekend. (No night... Read more

Ted Silary's Final City High School FB Stats

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:42 AM
Click here for a link to Ted Silary's Final City HS Football Stats Page Read more

Mayberry Left in Right

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 3:44 AM
We hope that Ruben Amaro and the Phillies' front-office staff have another right-field card up their sleeve, but if they have to go with a Domonic Brown/John Mayberry platoon out there in 2013, let's hope its the 2009-11 Mayberry that shows up to face left-handed pitchers and not the 2012 version.... Read more

Kobe: Before/after Philly All-Star Game snub

Monday, December 17, 2012, 3:14 AM
On Feb. 10, 2002, Philadelphia hosted the NBA All-Star Game and from the start, the fans treated Kobe Bryant not as a native son, but as annoying opponent, booing him throughout. At the time — about a third of his career to date — he had risen to be among the best players in the game,... Read more

Vegas Vic, Daily News Staff Pro Picks

Sunday, December 16, 2012, 12:00 AM
Click below for Vegas Vic and Daily News Staff pro picks Vegas Vic NFL Selections Daily News Staff Pro Pix Read more

Phillies' zero hero

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 11:19 PM
American patriot Paul Revere (“One, if by bunt, and two, if by steal”) has as many major league home runs to his credit as new Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere. But then, so do a lot of other people. In 1,064 career plate appearances, Revere (Ben) has nary a dinger to proclaim. That is... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 6:00 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 Five pitchers started games on 10 or more... Read more

Daily News Staff College Picks

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 12:00 AM
Click below for our picks for the bowls of Dec. 15-27. The Daily News Staff College Picks Read more

Stats Nuggets from Eagles-Bengals

Friday, December 14, 2012, 3:56 AM
For those who were confused by that strange penalty called on the Eagles early in the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Bengals, it is listed thusly on the official play-by-play sheet: “Defense simulated the snap count.” Not listed on the official sheet was this penalty that... Read more

Passing Assault on the Record Book

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:20 PM
The Eagles’ Nick Foles, whose passer rating has gone up with every start, makes his fifth start Thursday night against the Bengals, three of them in prime-time: He is one of three rookie quarterbacks completing over 60 percent of his passes and taking aim at the NFL rookie record (66.44 percent)... 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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