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Archive: August, 2013

Eagles preseason QB breakdown

Friday, August 30, 2013, 3:10 AM
Yes, we know it was just preseason and that not all the factors were even and that Chip Kelly didn't nearly pull the curtain back all the way and that there is no accounting for score of the game or downs-and-distance and whether or not the clock was running and ... well, you get the point. But, we... Read more

The striking Roy Halladay

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 9:50 PM
While most of Phillies nation will be glued to their electronic devices to see how Roy Halladay pitches Friday in Wrigley Field, the BoopStats staff is more concerned with his performance at the plate. Entering the game, Halladay owns the major-league single-season record for most plate appearances... Read more

Vick 8th in Wins Among Active QBs

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 3:33 AM
Mike Vick, the Eagles' starting quarterback (until he gets hurt or turns the ball over a dozen times) is tied for 8th among all active quarterbacks in starting wins. Those with 50 or more: MOST STARTING WINS, ACTIVE QBs Quarterback W L T Pct. Peyton Manning 154 70 0 .688 ... Read more

Hot As Chooch

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 4:55 PM
With four hits Sunday and two more Monday (including a homer), Carlos Ruiz is once again making the month of August his own. He is hitting .340 this month (16-47), while the rest of the Phillies are hitting .199 (101-507). Since 2009, Ruiz' line in August reads .311/.369/.489 ... And in 39 August... Read more

The First Step Out

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 11:32 PM
Other than the two men who had at least partial ownership of their teams — Connie Mack (Athletics) and Eddie Gottlieb (Warriors) — Charlie Manuel lasted longer in his job after winning a title than any head coach who won a major pro championship in Philadelphia. Here are those 10 coaches... Read more

Roll Call of Phillie-Killers

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:09 AM
The Braves took two of three games from the Phillies despite a 1-for-8 performance from catcher Brian McCann, who came into the series hitting .571 against the Phils this season. That is the same exact average that Tony Gywnn unfurled against them in 1994, the highest they’ve surrendered in... Read more

The La Salle Explosion

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 7:16 PM
La Salle's athletic year just keeps getting better ... First, the men's basketball team sneaks into the NCAA Tournament ... then wins three games en route to the Sweet 16. And then yesterday, Associate Director of Athletic Development (and men's play-by-play voice) Kale Beers managed to drop a 157-point... Read more

Two Thirds For Cole Hamels

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:05 AM
Cole Hamels hit the second triple of his career Monday night and scored the first run of the Phillies' 5-1 victory over the Braves. He is just the 10th Phillies pitcher since 1950 to leg out more than one three-bagger in their career. That includes ambidextrous reliever Greg Harris, for whom half... Read more

Four Digits For Charlie

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 1:39 AM
Monday night, Charlie Manuel became the 59th manager in major league history to record 1,000 career victories. He is the eighth active manager to reach four figures: Manager Current Team Previous Teams Career Record Current Team W-L Jim Leyland Tigers Pirates, Marlins, Rockies 1745-1707... Read more

Tiger Woods' Not-So-Major Year

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 10:26 PM
Another year passes on golf's major calendar and Tiger Woods fails to notch No. 15. In fact, his cumulative score to par in this year's four majors (+14) was his highest since 2003 (+18). He is +21 over his last 10 majors (2011-13), which is a long way from the —149 he put up in 164 major rounds... 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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