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Archive: February, 2012

Wilt Week: Day 4

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:22 AM
One of the more surprising things about Wilt Chamberlain's NBA career, was that he had eight coaches over his 14 seasons. Here are those eight coaches and their NBA record with teams that had Wilt and with teams that did not have Wilt. Coach With Wilt Pct. W/O Wilt Pct. Neil... Read more

Following the Big East Shell Game

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 8:00 AM
We've loved the Big East conference for basketball since its inception, but it's been getting harder and harder to remember who is in or out when it comes to hoops. By the time the 2013-14 season tips off, at least 23 colleges will be able to say they have played Big East basketball. And that doesn't... Read more

Wilt Week: Day 3

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:28 AM
Not only is Wilt Chamberlain the only man to ever score 100 points in an NBA game, no two teammates have ever combined for 100 points in an NBA game. We bring this up now, because Wednesday night the most recent NBA duo to reach the 90-point mark come to the Wells Fargo Center in the form of Oklahoma... Read more

Iggy's Going Pop in the Fourth Quarter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 5:47 PM
Over the last 12 games before the All-Star Break, the Sixers were just 4-8. There are many reasons for this, here is one: Andre Iguodala's fourth-quarter statistics in those 12 games: Time Played 86:55 Field Goals 4-20 Pct. 20.0% 3-Pt. Field Goals 1-5 Pct. 20.0% ... Read more

Wilt Week: Day 2

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 2:42 AM
Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game was the last of the six he played in his career in Hershey, Pa. In his first three seasons, the Warriors played there twice a year — once right around Christmas time and once just before the end of the season. They then moved to San Francisco. When he returned... Read more

Highest Scoring NBA All-Star Games

Monday, February 27, 2012, 6:56 PM
Sunday's NBA All-Star Game was the second-highest scoring ever, and the highest-scoring regulation All-Star game. Year Score Points 1987 West 154, East 149 (ot) 303 2012 West 152, East 149 301 2003 West 155, East 145 (2 ot) 300 1984 East 154, West 145 (ot) 299 Read more

Wilt Week: Day 1

Monday, February 27, 2012, 12:08 AM
Wilt Chamberlain won the All-Star Game MVP just one time in his career, as a rookie in 1960 when the game was at Convention Hall. But his most powerful ASG performance came two years later, when he set a still-standing (sorry Kevin and LeBron) All-Star Game record by scoring 42 points. The fact that... Read more

Former Sixer, All-Star Coach

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 12:05 AM
When Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks guides his Western Conference club into Sunday's All-Star Game in Orlando, he'll become the fourth former 76ers player (and seventh in franchise history) to coach in the league's mid-season showcase. Four of the seven played for the Syracuse Nationals (forerunner... Read more

The Phillies' Early Bloomers

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 12:05 AM
This season, lefthander Dontrelle Willis (at right) is positioned to become the 16th former Rookie of the Year to play for the Phillies. Most of them have been National League winners. The last American League ROY to become a Phil was Stan Bahnsen, the 1968 recipient. Willis, who won the NL ROY with... Read more

Trent Edwards vs. Vince Young

Friday, February 24, 2012, 2:27 AM
Trent Edwards' career statistics look a lot like those Vince Young had coming into last season: Vince Young (Through 2010) Trent Edwards (Through 2011) Seasons 5 4 Games/Starts 54/47 37/33 Record in Starts 30-17 14-19 Comp.-Att. 689-1190 561-927 Pct. 57.8% 60.5% Yards 8098 6019 ... 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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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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