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Archive: March, 2013

Galloway's Quick Run to 1,000

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:00 AM
Ramon Galloway, who spent his first two collegiate seasons as South Carolina before transferring to La Salle, is 12 points shy of becoming the 11th Explorer to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons at 20th & Olney. He has 550 points in 32 games this season after totaling 438 in 31 games... Read more

Wyatt Passes Lear, Gola Next

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 3:18 PM
One of the many thing Khaliff Wyatt did on Friday was make 12 free throws, giving him 62 over his last six games and 200 for the season, pushing him past Hal Lear (189) for the Temple single-season record. He is now one of only seven players in Philadelphia Division I history to have made 200 foul... Read more

Dialing Up Some "W"s in Dayton

Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:26 AM
Ed Barkowitz points out in Friday's Daily News that Big 5 teams are 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games in Dayton, Ohio, where Temple opens its postseason Friday afternoon just two days after La Salle kicked it's off its postseason with a victory there. The results (*No. 1 seed): Date Round Score ... Read more

Meet Me in Kansas City ...

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 2:17 AM
Thanks to La Salle's 80-71 victory over Boise State, two Philadelphia teams will partake in separate NCAA Tournament games at the same site away from the city on the same day for just the ninth time in the 75-year history of the tourney. And that doesn't include times when two schools have faced off... Read more

Sixers on the Road Again

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 3:24 AM
The Sixers have lost 13 consecutive games away from the Wells Fargo Center, the third-longest, one-season road slide in franchise history and just eight road drops away from setting a club record. They pick up with a West Coast trip Wednesday in Los Angeles, and things don’t look promising until... Read more

The Sixers' $24,000 Minute

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 1:49 AM
Now that Andrew Bynum has officially joined Jason Richardson on the Sixers' "Done For The Season" list, we can crunch some numbers and see just how much exactly the club's big offseason trade cost ... Tap, tap, tap ... Tap, tap, tap ... Tap, tap, tap ... Whirl ... Whirl ... and ... Cha-Ching!!!! .... Read more

Winner Take All

Monday, March 18, 2013, 2:31 AM
Villanova and North Carolina have met in the NCAA Tournament five times ... and four of those times, the winner of the game has gone on to win the NCAA Championship: Year Round Winner Title Game 1982 Regional Final North Carolina, 70-60 North Carolina 63, Georgetown... Read more

Villanova's Ryan's Hope

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 1:14 AM
The improvement made by Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono is none more evident than if you slice the Wildcats' season up into thirds (tacking the opener against Division II District of Columbia onto the first third). Over the last 10-game stretch, the freshman out of Neshaminy has shot better, especially... Read more

NCAA Bubble Teams' Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:32 PM
Bubbles will begin bursting Wednesday afternoon, when the last wave of conference tournaments get underway, and La Salle, Temple and Villanova will have their eyes and ears and hands glued to tubes and websites everywhere. Here are the next games for the last eight teams in and the first eight teams... Read more

Slugger vs. slugger

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 2:34 AM
There is little doubt that Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard will go down as the two greatest sluggers in Phillies history, but their careers have been anything but parallel. For instance, Schmidt’s career batting average rose steadily through his first nine years in the majors (1972-80), while Howard’s... 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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