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Kimmo's Shot in the Dark

Friday, December 30, 2011, 12:19 AM
When Kimmo Timonen opened the Flyers scoring with a power play goal at 9:56 of the first period Thursday night, it was his first goal of the season on his 56th shot. Below are the Flyers that were held scoreless through a full season with the most shots on goal. All but one on the list were defensemen... Read more

The Same New Sixers

Thursday, December 29, 2011, 1:58 AM
It is pretty amazing how similar the Sixers' offensive statistics from the first two games of the season have been ... except, of course, for the turnovers: Game 1 Monday at Portland Game 2 Wednesday at Phoenix Points 103 103 Total Field Goals 40-83 41-86 ... Read more

Birds Have Chance to Create the 20-20 Club

Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 2:40 AM
When @drewdavis71 tweeted us the following question last week — "any team ever boast a 20 td and a 20 sack man in the same season?" — we were equally immersed in Christmas shopping and something resembling egg nog, so we weren't able to answer him until the sales (and the headaches) were... Read more

Blame it on the Lockout

Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 1:44 AM
It looks like not many NBA players did their three-point shooting homework over the lockout. Over the first two days of the season (17 games), the league is shooting 32.3% from the arc. Through the first two days last season, the percentage was 36.7%. (That dropped off to 35.8% for the entire season... Read more

An Eagles Stat-Pourri!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011, 2:42 AM
A potpourri of Eagles and NFL stats today … Let’s call it a stat-pourri: ♦ By this time, everyone that cares knows the four things that must happen for the Eagles to win the NFC East, but just in case: 1) Jets must beat the Giants (Saturday, 1 p.m.); 2) Eagles must beat the Cowboys... Read more

The Jets' Starting Nine

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 12:10 AM
Sunday, Mark Sanchez will be the ninth different Jets starting quarterback in nine games against the Eagles. Season Eagles Jets 1973 Roman Gabriel Al Woodall 1977 Ron Jaworski Richard Todd 1978 Ron Jaworski Matt Robinson 1987 Randall Cunningham Ken O'Brien 1993 Randall Cunningham Boomer... Read more

Rollins' triple-less streaks

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 2:55 PM
Originally posted as "Phillies Blogathon: Hour 23" The Phils didn't do much hitting in the games immediately after they clinched the division title, but one good thing did come from the plate in those games: Jimmy Rollins finally hit a triple. Rollins, who had been stuck on 99 three-baggers since... Read more

Who starts when Rollins sits?

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 2:55 PM
Originally posted as "Phillies Blogathon: Hour 47" Since Jimmy Rollins made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 2000, the Phillies have played 1,796 games. While Rollins has made most of those starts (1599), he has been injured or sat often enough to have 13 different players start the other 197 games... Read more

Rollins ranks high among all-time Phillies hitters

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 2:55 PM
Originally posted as "Phillies Blogathon: Hour 56" We have not seen Jimmy Rollins' last regular season as a Phillie. That being said, here is where he currently stands in a variety of the clubs' batting categories: Category No. Rank Games 1636 5th At-Bats 6858 3rd Runs 1080 4th Hits 1866 4th Singles 1208 6th Doubles 388 3rd Triples 100 4th Extra-Base... Read more

Rollins part or rotating middle infield

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 2:45 PM
Originally posted as "Phillies Blogathon: Hour 62" The knee injury that kept Chase Utley from starting the season was the first in a series of events that led to the Phillies using nine different Keystone Combinations this season. (Editors Note: For those of you under 60 years of age, the Keystone... 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.

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