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Archive: February, 2012

Lin vs. Iverson: First Four Starts

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:05 AM
Knicks wonderkind Jeremy Lin scored more points (109) in his first four NBA starts than any player since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. That eclipsed the total set by the Sixers' Allen Iverson (101) in his first four starts in 1996. Lin came off the bench for 39 games in his first year-and-a-half before... Read more

Ranting on a NHL Record Injustice

Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:51 AM
The Flyers are stinking it up, and we feel the need to take it out — at least statistically — on somebody. So here goes: You will read in many, many places today that the Red Wings on Sunday tied an NHL record (shared by the Flyers) by recording their 20th consecutive home victory. We... Read more

Flyers' 20-Game Home Winning Streak

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 6:49 PM
Not only will the Flyers be trying to get the taste of another loss to the Rangers out of their mouths Sunday night in Detroit, they will be trying to keep one of their own NHL records intact. The Red Wings have won 19 consecutive home games, one off the record set by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and... Read more

Ivy League Race is Back On

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 12:56 AM
One night after seemingly seeing its Ivy League championship hopes disappear, the Penn Quakers once again have life, thanks to Zach Rosen and ... Princeton? While Rosen's three-pointer with three seconds left helped the Quakers hold off stubborn (and winless in the league) Dartmouth, the Tigers were... Read more

The Flyers-Rangers Turnabout

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 3:43 PM
The Flyers' seven-game losing streak to the Rangers hits home even moreso when you realize that it directly followed five consecutive victories over the New Yorkers. The last 12 Flyers-Rangers matchups: Date H/A Result April 11, 2010 H W 2-1 (so) Nov. 4, 2010 H W... Read more

The Ivy League Race Begins Friday Night

Friday, February 10, 2012, 2:50 AM
Penn's quest to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 begins Friday night, when Harvard (6-0 Ivy League) comes to the Palestra to face the Quakers (4-1). Those two, along with Yale (5-1), have separated themselves from the rest of the Ivy pack already. Here are how Penn and Harvard... Read more

Is Spencer Hawes the Sixers' MVP?

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:48 AM
Okay, maybe that's a little bit of a stretch, but it did keep us from using a "Spencer For Hire" headline. And the thought of Hawes as the Sixers' key may not be as farfetched as you think. Hawes, who has missed 12 games off-and-on with a bad back, is averaging 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists... Read more

Moore in Line for A10 POY

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 2:01 AM
Players from the Big 5 have won 14 of the last 28 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Awards, and Temple's Ramone Moore has as good a shot of anybody to make it 15/29. Moore, whose 18.0 average leads the league, was just named the A10 Player of the Week for the second time. Here are the A10 POY's that... Read more

Sixers Turnovers Four Real

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 1:04 AM
The 76ers tied a franchise record by committing just four turnovers in their 95-90 victory over the Lakers Monday. They also had four turnovers — to go along with six technical fouls — in a 117-116 overtime loss to the Knicks in New York on Jan. 21, 1991. The NBA single-game record for... Read more

NBA Final-ly Rid of Phil Jackson

Monday, February 6, 2012, 12:05 AM
The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Sixers Monday night sans long-time NBA icon Phil Jackson, who retired as head coach following the Lakers' loss in last seasons playoffs. And if you disagree with the term "icon" consider this: In the 41 seasons from 1969-70 through 2009-10, Jackson's teams appeared... 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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