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Archive: April, 2012

An April To Forget

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:14 AM
Even with their virutal landslide of 33 runs over the past seven games, the Phillies' offensive numbers in April pale in comparison to any in April of the previous five years. For instance, they hit just 13 home runs, less than one-third of those they hit in 2008 (41). Yet, their record (11-12) is... Read more

Danny The Game-Winner

Monday, April 30, 2012, 3:45 AM
Danny Briere is now second only to Rick MacLeish on the Flyers’ postseason game-winning goals list: GP G GWG Rick MacLeish 108 53 10 Danny Briere 64 36 9 Reggie Leach 91 47 8 John LeClair 116 35 8 ... Read more

Danny The Point Producer

Monday, April 30, 2012, 3:40 AM
The Flyers' Danny Briere this postseason has joined teammate Jaromir Jagr as one of 19 players in NHL history averaging more than a point per playoff game with a minimum of 100 postseason contests. GP G A Pts. PPG Wayne Gretzky 208 122 260 382 1.84... Read more

Danny The Devil Killer

Monday, April 30, 2012, 12:41 AM
Danny Briere has the game-winning goal in each of the Flyers' last three postseason wins over the Devils. Here is a brief description and a video clip of each: April 20, 2010: Briere drilled a slap-shot from the right circle that beat Marftin Brodeur top shelf to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 2:33... Read more

The Giroux 14 vs. the Kerr 15

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 1:16 AM
As the Flyers kick off their second-round series against the Devils Sunday, we take a look at how Claude Giroux's 14-point first-round performance compared to the Flyers' record of 15 set by Tim Kerr in 1989. Their game-by-game totals are below. Notable: ♦ Kerr had two of the Flyers' four game-winning... Read more

Bulls' Stats With and Without Rose

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 12:05 AM
On the surface, Derrick Rose's unfortunate season-ending injury would seem to have a huge effect on the Bulls' first-round series with the Sixers. But Chicago did play 40% of their season without the reigning MVP and played those 27 games to a .667 winning percentage that would have been good enough... Read more

Sixers Scoring Leader Bottoms Out

Friday, April 27, 2012, 3:34 AM
Lou Williams finished as the Sixers' leading scorer, but with an average (14.9) that was lower than any Sixer leading scorer in history. It is the lowest average of any team's scoring leader this season. In fact, the scoring average for the Sixers' top point producer has gone down each of the last... Read more

Ten-Day Schedules

Friday, April 27, 2012, 1:22 AM
A quick look at how the next 10 days look for the Phillies, Flyers and Sixers (home game times in bold): Day Team Opponent Time TV Friday, April 27 Phillies vs. Cubs 7:05 CSN Saturday, April 28 Sixers Phillies at Bulls vs. Cubs 1:00 7:05 CSN, TNT TCN Sunday, April 29 Phillies Flyers vs... Read more

Sixers Seeding Doesn't Matter

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 2:22 AM
With one night left in the NBA season, the Sixers still have a shot of moving up one slot to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Historically, it won't matter. Since the NBA went to a 16-team postseason in 1984, the No 8 seed is just 4-52 vs. the conference top seed in the first round... Read more

NHL's North Going South

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:45 AM
If the Rangers defeat the Senators in their Game 7 Thursday night, Canada will not have a team advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 1996. That season, five Canadian teams all fell in the first round. This season, Vancouver (who was eliminated by Mike Richards and Friends)... 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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