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Archive: September, 2012

Rollins Moves Up On Another List

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:00 PM
When Jimmy Rollins stole his 30th base of the season Sunday (left), he joined the 30 SB/20 HR club for the fourth time. Only two players in baseball history (who coincidentally have the same last name) have had more than four 20/30 seasons. Rollins is one of eight with exactly four: Player Yrs... Read more

Andy Reid's Centers of Attention

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:54 AM
When Dallas Reynolds assumes the position in front of Michael Vick Sunday in Arizona, he will become the ninth different player to start a regular season game at center for the Eagles in the Andy Reid era. The previous eight (*seasons in which a player started): Center *Seasons GS Jamaal... Read more

Eagles Game 2 By The Numbers

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:22 AM
Click Here for a readable copy of our By The Numbers Page (at right) from the Sept. 17 Daily News Eagles coverage. Read more

Low-Flying Falcons

Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:00 PM
When Atlanta hosts the Denver Broncos Monday night, the Falcons will bring with them the worst Monday Night Football record (five or more appearances) in the NFL. (The Houston Texans are 1-3.) The bottom five: Team W L T Pct. Falcons 9 24 0 .273 Cardinals 6 ... Read more

Turnovers Times Two

Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:37 AM
The Eagles are the eighth team since 1940 to start a season 2-0 despite committing four or more turnovers in each victory. The most recent to do so was the 1983 Rams, so long ago that the Rams were still in Los Angeles. Among the seven previous teams were two NFL champions, albeit champions of the... Read more

Oh, Henry's Been Punting Well

Sunday, September 16, 2012, 12:49 AM
At BoopStats, one of our biggest problems with punting statistics is that a punter's strategy changes according to his team's position on the field. A 60-yard punt doesn't do any good if you are kicking from the opponent's 40-yard-line and deposit it into the fourth row of drunken fans. So we like... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 12:00 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Which major league player hit just five... Read more

Rollins Rolling Another 20

Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:29 PM
It didn't take long for Jimmy Rollins to get to 20 home runs Friday night. And it didn't take long for @mitchgolich to point out he is the 12th SS to reach 20 HRs in four separate seasons. Also, only 10 players in Phillies history have more 20-homer seasons than Jimmy Rollins. That list is below: ... Read more

Just Four Kicks

Friday, September 14, 2012, 12:44 AM
Last Sunday, former Eagle David Akers became the fourth NFL kicker to hit a field goal from 63 yards, joining, among others, former Eagle Tom Dempsey, who did so before coming to Philadelphia. Interestingly enough, both Akers and Dempsey also have two of the three longest field goals in Eagles history... Read more

Phils Striking Hot in September

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 12:00 AM
The Phillies pitching staff, which has been striking out opponents at a pretty good pace all year (they are second in the National League to the Brewers), has really upped the ante in September. Through nine games this month, the Phillies' hurlers as a whole are averaging 9.40 strikeouts per nine... 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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