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The 1972 Lefty Effect

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 1:52 AM
There were a great many amazing things to behold in Steve Carlton’s fabulous 1972 season (which we have been celebrating all summer in SportsWeek and on BoopStats — see them here, here and here), but this one is our favorite. Not only did Carlton excel every time he took the mound that... Read more

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2:04 PM
(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 Who are the only two players chosen... Read more

DJohn vs. DJax

Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:00 PM
For those clamoring for DeSean Jackson to return punts because of Damaris Johnson's dismal numbers so far, consider this: Johnson, his bevy of fair catches notwithstanding, has gained more yards (32) in his first six career PRs than Jackson did in his first half dozen (19). And, yes, Johnson did fumble... Read more

Boop on WIP w/Big Daddy Graham Sept. 28

Friday, September 28, 2012, 3:43 AM
Click here to listen to Boop on WIP with Big Daddy Graham on Friday morning, Sept. 28. Used with permission by SportsRadio 94WIP and CBS Philly. Read more

Daily News NFL Picks

Friday, September 28, 2012, 1:58 AM
Click here for full versions of -- Vegas Vic's NFL Picks Daily News Staff NFL Picks Read more

Eagles Taking Offense

Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
When the Eagles’ lost to the Cardinals, 27-6, on Sunday, it ended their 36-game streak (including postseason) of scoring at least one offensive touchdown. That was the fourth-longest streak in franchise history, just two games shy of the third-longest but barely a third of the way to the team... Read more

Daily News College Football Picks

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 7:39 PM
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This NFL Team Does Like Mondays

Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:00 PM
Last week, we pointed out that the Falcons had the NFL's worst winning percentage on Monday Night Football, and they went out and beat the Denver Broncos. This week, we pass along the fact that the Seattle Seahawks, who host the Green Bay Packers this week, have the league's best winning percentage... Read more

A Banner Day at Parx Racing

Monday, September 24, 2012, 8:00 AM
We bet most of you didn't know the staff here at BoopStats are a bunch of closet horse racing fans. We have certainly invested enough in the sport ... $2 at a time. Long gone are the days half the neighborhood would pile into someone's station wagon for a trip to Liberty Bell Park or Atlantic City... Read more

The 300 Report: Howard vs. Schmidt

Monday, September 24, 2012, 4:04 AM
In case you missed it — and truth be told, we almost did — the Phillies' Ryan Howard clubbed his 300th home run Saturday, doing it in the second fewest games (1,093) ever (Ralph Kiner, 1,087). So, here we compare Howard numbers at the time of his 300th homer with those of Mike Schmidt... 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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