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Archive: September, 2013

The NFC Least

Monday, September 23, 2013, 7:24 PM
It took a while, but an NFC East team finally registered a victory against a team in another division. The Cowboys' 31-7 romp over the Rams Sunday was the first. Meanwhile, the AFC East has yet to lose outside of its own division. Here are how each division has fared to far against teams from other... Read more

From Curly to Andy

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 3:30 AM
This fall, Andy Reid and Lindy Ruff have brought to 10 the number of men in the four major sports who have coached one franchise for 14 or more continuous seasons and then went on to coach elsewhere. (Number of titles won with that team in parentheses.) Reid is one of five (*) of those 10 who moved... Read more

Sept. 19 -- Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 3:19 AM
Click here to listen to Boop on with Big Daddy Graham from Thursday Morning. Read more

The Game Donovan McNabb

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 2:31 AM
When Donovan McNabb is honored Thursday by the Eagles, he will do so with 148 games played for them, good enough to be tied for ninth on the club's all-time list, and tops among quarterbacks. Here are the Eagles' top 21 in regular season games played: Rk. Player Pos. GP 1. David Akers ... Read more

Sept. 17 -- Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 3:38 AM
Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17. Read more

The Phillies' 10 & 0 Club

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2:36 AM
Cliff Lee Monday became just the second pitcher in major league history to strike out at least 14 batters and knock in four or more runs in same game (Dwight Gooden, May 11, 1990). He also recorded his eighth game of double-digit Ks and no walks as a Phillie. That is one less than the club record-holder... Read more

Shady Times Two

Monday, September 16, 2013, 2:44 AM
LeSean McCoy was held to 53 yards rushing, which left him seven yards shy of matching Wilbert Montgomery’s club mark for most rushing yards through two games. McCoy now owns three of the top seven marks through a pair of games: Year Player Yds. 1980 Wilbert Montgomery 240 ... Read more

Home-coming up short

Friday, September 13, 2013, 2:10 AM
The last nine Eagles head coaches have gone a combined 1-8 in their first performance in front of the home crowd. Only Dick Vermeil came away with a win in his first Eagles game in Philly. By the way, Andy Reid's first game at home — the Jake Plummer comeback loss to the Arizona Cardinals —... Read more

Galvis vs. Rollins

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 11:43 PM
Freddy Galvis has more home runs (9) at this point in his career than Jimmy Rollins (7) did at the corresponding point (389 plate appearances) of his career. Rollins leads Galvis in every other category, with the exception of doubles. This came up because Galvis hit his ninth career home run to put... Read more

Play on, Eagles!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 1:07 AM
The Eagles ran as many plays (37) in the first 18:46 of Monday night’s game as they had in an entire game against the Steelers in 2004. Although they finished with “only” 77 plays (49 rushes, 25 passes, 3 sacks), it is safe to say there is more fun to come. How much fun? How does... 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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