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The Sixers' Under-50 Streak

Friday, March 1, 2013, 1:35 AM
When the Warriors' Stephen Curry went off for 54 points against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, it made us realize that it has been a while since a player hung half-a-hundred on your 76ers. Turns out, it's been a very long while. After holding Joakim Noah to 23 points in Thursday... Read more

Running On Empty

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 1:44 AM
For whatever reasons, Doug Collins’ teams tradionally play better in his second year on the bench, than they do in his first. But that trend reverses in Year 3: His clubs are exactly .500 in his first season, 40 games over in his sophomore season and under the break-even point in his third. In... Read more

Simon Gagne's Always Been Game

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 5:25 AM
When Simon Gagne rejoins the Flyers — presumably Wednesday in time for their contest against the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center — he will do so as the player with the 10th-most regular season games played in club history. If he wants to move up that list, he will have to extend his... Read more

Back to Earth for Barkley the Birthday Boy

Friday, February 22, 2013, 2:36 AM
We hope that Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has finished digesting all of his Birthday Cake (or Cakes), because this could give him indigestion. The 50-year-old former Sixer is by far the worst three-point shooter in NBA history. Since the shot was instituted in the NBA for the 1979-80 season, Barkley... Read more

Owls Try on Another City Series Crown

Friday, February 22, 2013, 2:20 AM
Thursday's night Temple-La Salle game capped off the 49th season of a full round-robin city series in Big 5 history. The Owls' 82-74 victory earned them a share of the crown, their 20th. (The 1992-99 half round-robin simply do not count in BoopStats World.) Total Outright Shared La Salle ... Read more

Get Hamels Out There Early

Friday, February 22, 2013, 2:09 AM
Roy Halladay has verbally put his support behind Cole Hamels being the Phillies' Opening Day starter. And that seems like a no-brainer to us, when you look at Hamels' numbers in his first start in each of the six seasons in which he broke camp with the major-league club. In the three seasons Hamels... Read more

Flying Shy of .500

Friday, February 22, 2013, 1:52 AM
Thursday night — for the fifth time this short season — the Flyers had a chance to reach the .500 mark, and once again (0-5) failed miserably trying to do so. But at least they have been consistent, allowing exactly five goals in each of those games. They are being outscored 25-10 in those... Read more

The Flyers' Magic Pittsburgh Number

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 3:22 AM
If you caught Tuesday's BoopStat, you already know that the Flyers are 0-5-2 in the game after they ring up seven or more goals in a regular season win since Dec. 30, 2010. That certainly doesn't bode well for Wednesday's game against the Penguins ... except for the fact that it is in Pittsburgh. In... Read more

Flyers Drolling Seven

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2:46 AM
Sure, a 7-0 thrashing of any NHL team would give a hockey fan cause for celebration, but if recent history is any indication, Flyers fans will be coming back to earth shortly. The last seven times that the Flyers scored seven or more goals in a regular season victory, they have not answered the bell... Read more

Monday High Noon Hot Stat Soup

Monday, February 18, 2013, 11:55 AM
So, Sunday was Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, so we take this occassion to steal some Jordan nuggets, mostly from ESPN Stats & Info: ♦ As a player, Jordan's teams had a .659 winning percentage. As an executive, his teams have had a .357 winning percentage. ♦ Jordan had five future... 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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