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Archive: October, 2012

Holiday Gets His Jrue

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 1:15 AM
Jrue Holiday, who signed a four-year extension late Wednesday night, finds himself in some exclusive 76er company historically. Only two Sixers had more assists through the first three years of their NBA career than the 1101 that Holiday dished out. And remember, the 6-foot-3 guard out of UCLA did... Read more

Iggy's Return

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12:00 AM
Wednesday night, the Nuggets' Andre Iguodala returns to the Wells Fargo Center, where he averaged about a point more than he did on the road in his eight seasons with the Sixers. He also shot better overall from the floor, from the line, and averaged more rebounds, assists and steals while playing... Read more

Sixers Rising with the West

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 11:21 PM
What used to be a common occurence for the 76ers, and then became a rarity, has re-emerged — opening their season against a Western Conference team. Wednesday night, it will be the Denver Nuggets helping the Sixers set off the season's fireworks. In the 1960s and early '70s, they opened quite... Read more

Sixers' Richardson Among NBA All-Time Three-ders

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 2:21 AM
The Sixers will enter the new season with a weapon they haven't had in a long time — legitmate threats along the arc. Jason Richardson (37.2% career), Nick Young (37.8%) and Dorell Wright (36.5%) are the new snipers and have been for most of their career. In fact, Richardson is 15th on the NBA's... Read more

Scrap the National Anthem?

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
Whatever the Eagles are usually doing before a game starts, they should stop it — just stop it right now. And whatever they do during halftime, they should think of doing that before kickoff. The Birds have scored a grand total of zero (0) points on the first possession of their six games this... Read more

The Throwin' Irish

Saturday, October 27, 2012, 12:00 PM
In honor of Brady Quinn being named the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs (BoopStats' second favorite NFL team), we present the relatively short list of NFL quarterbacks out of Notre Dame that have been named to the NFL or AFL All-Pro team: Quarterback Yrs. Team Seasons ... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, October 27, 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 THIS WEEK'S QUESTION In the 36 seasons the Washington Nationals... Read more

Playing Marco Polo with Lavoy Allen

Friday, October 26, 2012, 1:17 AM
The 76ers have seemed to handle the first speedbump of the season quite nicely. And, no, we don’t mean concerns about Andrew Bynum’s knee ... Two times earlier in the month, the club took out full page ads in the Daily News and other area papers to promote ticket sales, using photos of... Read more

The Andy Reid Epiphany

Friday, October 26, 2012, 12:00 AM
There was a time during the heyday of the Andy Reid era (you forgot there was one, didn’t you?), where he would seemingly have a moment of clarity during the bye week, and the Eagles would run the ball more often after their time off. And, lo and behold, the team would win more games. That seems... Read more

Todd "Super" Bowles

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 2:03 AM
Eagles' newly appointed defensive coordinator Todd Bowles knows the endgame of any pro football season is to win an NFL Championship ... We know this because he has been there and done that (and we have the photo — at right — to prove it). He is one of nine former Temple players to win... 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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