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Who Saw This Coming

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 2:00 PM
He was batting .267 for the season. His average had dropped 41 points in the previous 27 games, during which he was hitting .211. So all those who foresaw Pete Rose beginning to tear off a 44-game hitting streak 33 years ago Tuesday, please feel free to send along the winning numbers for Wednesday’s... Read more

Eye Openers: Great Openings

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 2:27 AM
♦ Through five games of the NHL Finals, the Bruins and Canucks had played 100 minutes of first-period hockey and had scored a grand total of two goals. Boston scored four goals in a span of four minutes and 14 seconds in Game 6’s opening stanza Monday. ♦ How cool is it that even... Read more

Haven't We Been Here Before

Monday, June 13, 2011, 3:10 PM
Let’s see if I got this right: ♦ Superstar basketball player joins two other established stars on a team in a deal that involves a lot of cash. Expectations for said team go through the roof and the public wonders if there will be enough basketballs available for all the players on the... Read more

Eye Openers: Double Triples

Monday, June 13, 2011, 12:43 AM
♦ Both centerfielder Austin Jackson (Saturday) and catcher Alex Avila (Thursday) had rare two-triple games for the Tigers in their four-game set with the Mariners this weekend. ♦ The Padres and Nationals have played seven times this season. Four of the games have ended with 2-1 scores... Read more

Fun With Numbers

Friday, June 10, 2011, 12:49 PM
The Cardinals' Tony LaRussa will manage his 5,000th game tonight in Milwaukee. He is second to Connie Mack (7,755) in games coached/managed among the major American professional sports. Even if the NFL does extend its seasons to 18 games, it would take the Eagles' Andy Reid until the year 2278 to... Read more

Eye Openers: Three Cheers For The Canucks

Friday, June 10, 2011, 1:03 AM
Three reasons we are rooting for the Canucks to shake off their Boston blues (Vancouver has been outscored 12-1 over the last 100 minutes of play there) and win the Stanley Cup: 1. The Canucks are just the third team in the post-1967 expansion era to lead the league in most goals scored and fewest... Read more

Introduction to BoopStats

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 5:47 PM
Blame it on Barkann … Or thank him. For years, as we have come across quick, snappy pieces of statistical information on Philadelphia’s sports teams, we would send them to the appropriate writers and columnists at the Daily News as well as some other people who we thought would find interest... Read more
About this blog

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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Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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