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Super Bowl Week: Day 4

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 5:20 AM
The object of the game is to get the ball into the endzone, and no one has done it in the Big Game moreso than these six players: PLAYERS WITH MOST CAREER SUPER BOWL TDs TD Player Pos. Team(s) GP Run Rec. 8 Jerry Rice WR 49ers-Raiders 4 0 ... Read more

Super Bowl Week: Day 3

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 5:25 AM
Sure, the Eagles' two appearances in the Super Bowl can best be described as forgettable (XV) and frustrating (XXXIX), but they did manage to ring up 31 points in those games. Here are their scorers: Player Pts. SB How Keith Krepfle 6 XV 8-yard pass from Ron Jaworski L.J. Smith ... Read more

Wing Bowl 21 Contestants

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 12:15 AM
Here's a look at the contestents, and the odds, for SportsRadio WIP's Wing Bowl 21: Click here for a full version of the Wing Bowl 21 Contestants list. Read more

Super Bowl Week: Day 2

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 5:15 AM
In more than half (25) of the 46 previous Super Bowls, a quarterback was named the Most Valuable Player. Throw in seven running backs and six wide receivers and a kick returner (Desmond Howard, Packers, SB 31), and that leaves seven times that a defensive player (or players) was named the SB MVP: ... Read more

Super Bowl Week: Day 1

Monday, January 28, 2013, 5:30 AM
Either the Ravens' Joe Flacco or the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick will become the 30th different starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. But the victor will have to wait at least another 12 months to join the exclusive list of QBs to start and win multiple Super Bowls (11). Here is the complete roll... Read more

Sinners, Not Saints

Monday, January 28, 2013, 12:02 AM
Daily News Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli points out that the Flyers have ranked as one of the two most-penalized NHL teams in four of the last five seasons ... and they are right back in that area this year. Here is where they have stood in every season since the 2004-05 lockout: Season ... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz Answer

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12:00 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun. On Sunday, we publish the answer with charts and commentary. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Who was the last pitcher to throw 300 or more innings in a season? THIS... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 4:36 AM
(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun. On Sunday, we publish the answer with charts and commentary. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.) THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Who was the last pitcher to throw 300 or more innings in a season? Read more

La Salle's Wins vs. Top 10 Teams

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 1:42 AM
La Salle's victory over ninth-ranked Butler was their 13th over a team ranked in the AP Top 10 and their first in 33 years. They had suffered 21 consecutive losses to Top 10 teams since then. All-time (since the first poll appeared during the 1948-49 season), the Explorers are 13-55 vs. AP Top 10... Read more

A Down Time All Around

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 3:18 AM
It hasn't been the best winter so far in Philadelphia sports history, and it may be very close to the worst. (Look for that on a different day.) Since Dec. 1, the Philly sports teams are a combined 8-26 (.236), which is bad enough by itself, but looks even worse when you compare it to the teams' records... 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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