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Super Bowl Coaching Bounce Backs

Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:10 PM
Long before Andy Reid was shown the NovaCare door, many Eagles fans were longing for a Super Bowl-winning coach — Brian Billick, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden — to come to the Delaware Valley and win another ring. The problem is that no coach with a SB title has moved to another franchise... Read more

Two Touchdowns Worth of Eagles Tidbits

Monday, December 31, 2012, 1:48 AM
In honor of Andy Reid’s 14 years as head coach, we present 14 tasty tidbits about the Eagles’ game Sunday, this season and beyond. In no particular order: ♦ The 2012 Eagles defense intercepted eight passes. The 1965 Eagles intercepted nine passes ... in a single game (Dec. 12, 1965... Read more

Who Let The Balls Out?

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 3:58 PM
The Eagles fumbled the ball 37 times this year, the most in any season under Andy Reid, but a long way off from the NFL record (56: 1938 Bears, 1978 Niners) and the Birds' team record (54 in 1946, the third-most in NFL history). The most by the Eagles in the last 65 years was 44 by the 1987 club,... Read more

Sticking Around

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 12:00 AM
By all accounts, Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will come to an conclusion very soon. But it will end as the second-longest coaching reign in the city’s history ... and the longest by a coach who didn’t also own the team. Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, December 29, 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 current Major League ballpark has the... Read more

Touchdown Leaders

Friday, December 28, 2012, 12:10 AM
If Jeremy Maclin (6 so far) or LeSean McCoy (5) finishes with the most touchdowns on the Eagles in 2012, he would become only the second player to lead the Eagles outright in TDs for more than one season under Andy Reid. The year-by-year leaders (*tied for team lead): Year Player TD 1999... Read more

Vegas Vic, NFL and College Bowl Picks

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 11:04 PM
Click below for full versions of: Vegas Vic's NFL Selections Daily News Staff Week17 NFL Picks Daily News Staff College Bowl Picks Read more

Evan Turner Dialing 960

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:46 AM
Evan Turner Wednesday became the first Sixers to have at least 9 assists and 6 rebounds in a game without scoring a field goal since at least 1985-86 (which is as far back as basketball-reference.com will let us search). Over those 28 seasons, Villanova's Kyle Lowry has the most assists in a game... Read more

Eagles Aim to Sweep the Defending Champs

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 2:12 AM
The Eagles will be attempting to sweep an NFC East team coming off a Super Bowl championship for just the second time. The beat the 1990 titlists Giants twice in 1991. The Birds all-time are 8-23 facing a defending Super Bowl winner, 6-17 when those champions are out of their own division. Here's... Read more

Merry BoopStats Christmas To All

Monday, December 24, 2012, 1:30 PM
... From the real staff at BoopStats ... The Vetrone Family (Photo illustration by Maryanne Vetrone) 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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