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Haven't We Been Here Before

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2:50 AM
This year's Final Four schools are no stranger to the final weekend, having reached the national semifinals a combined 49 times. Consider this: There has never been four consecutive Final Fours without at least one of this year's participants. Those F4 appearances in reverse chronological order: ... Read more

The E Street Band's Delaware Valley Roll Call

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 2:36 AM
Today, we take a temporary reprieve from the world of fun and games and concentrate on the world of Rock 'N' Roll. Wednesday and Thursday nights, the butt-kicking, history-making, Boop-rocking, legendary E Street Band returns to stage their 115th and 116th shows in the Philadelphia area. Those appearances... Read more

Which Chase Returns?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:47 AM
The question of "when" Chase Utley returns is one of the problems the 2012 Phillies are facing, but the more important question may be "which" Chase Utley returns. His nine-season major league career to date, breaks down neatly into a trio of three-year segments. And it doesn't take much to see that... Read more

Flyers Still Flying in March

Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:23 PM
Before Monday's loss, the Flyers had a chance to tie their team record for most points recorded in March. Now, with two games left in the month, the best they can do is their fourth best. The Flyers' best Marches (*includes ties, overtime losses and shootout losses): Season GP ... Read more

A Bryz Run Like Bernie's

Monday, March 26, 2012, 2:50 PM
Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 consecutive starts. The Elias Sports Bureau says that he is the first Flyer to do that since Bernie Parent in 1974-75. By the way, if you did not get a chance to vote in our Parent/Ashburn poll (or if you want to vote again ... and again ... and... Read more

Sixers Divided By (Final) Four

Monday, March 26, 2012, 1:47 AM
You can probably expect some trash-talking on the part of a couple Sixers this week, except it may not be towards their opponents, but toward a teammate. Two Sixers — Kentucky's Jodie Meeks and Ohio State's Evan Turner — have teams headed to New Orleans for the Final Four. The two schools... Read more

Sixers' San Antonio Slide

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 6:56 PM
The Sixers haven't won in San Antonio since January of 2004. A look at how they have fared there since: Date Result Sixers Leading Scorer Jan. 3, 2004 W 83- 77 Eric Snow/Derrick Coleman 20 Dec. 1, 2004 L 72-105 Marc Jackson 18 Dec. 3, 2005 L 91-100 Allen Iverson 37 Dec. 16... Read more

Don't Cry For Temple

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3:59 PM
“Juan ‘Pepe’ Sanchez with a jump shot.” — Davidson coach Bob McKillop in 2008, describing new Temple recruit Juan Fernandez Just because they were from the same country (Argentina), stood at the same height (6-foot-4), wore the same uniform number (4) and played the same... Read more

The Pitonovan Three Ball Count

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 2:44 PM
We're going to go out on a limb and suggest you might see more than a few three-pointers in Saturday's first regional final (Louisville vs. Florida). And we have 28,440 reasons why. That is the number of three-pointers attempted by college teams coached by either Rick Pitino or Billy Donovan, who... Read more

Looking at the Sixers' Slides

Friday, March 23, 2012, 12:05 AM
On the surface, the Sixers' recent 6-12 slide looks a lot like their 3-13 start to last season. Statistically, it's not even close. Statistically, it looks more like they are 12-6 over their last 18 games, rather than 6-12. Consider, over the last 18 games: ♦ The Sixers are outscoring their... 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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