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Archive: June, 2012

NBA Finals: MVP vs. Scoring Leader

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 12:24 AM
These NBA Finals will be just the fifth to match the regular season Most Valuable Player against the scoring champion. So far, each has two wins: Year Most Valuable Player Scoring Leader NBA Champ 1967 Wilt Chamberlain, 76ers Rick Barry, Warriors MVP 1970 Willis Reed, Knicks ... Read more

Chooch With the Bags Goosed

Monday, June 11, 2012, 12:05 AM
Carlos Ruiz managed to come to the plate with the bases loaded each of his first three times up Sunday in Baltimore, a situation in which he was hitting .387 (12-for-31) over the previous three seasons. He struck out in the first inning and hit into a fielder's choice to end the second. His fourth-inning... Read more

Charlie's O With a Hundred to Go

Sunday, June 10, 2012, 11:29 PM
For whatever it is worth, in five of Charlie Manuel's seven previous seasons as Phillies manager, the club has averaged more runs per game in their final 100 regular season games than in their first 62 (which is where they are right now). The bad news is that the two years those numbers went down... 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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