Saturday, February 13, 2016

The 281 Days

A look at some of the things that happened between Sept. 26, 2011 and July 4, 2012.

The 281 Days

Cliff Lee picked up his first win of the season in Wednesday´s 9-2 victory over the Mets. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)
Cliff Lee picked up his first win of the season in Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Mets. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)

Here is a look at some of things that happened in the 281 days between Cliff Lee victories:

38: Regular seasons wins by the Phillies.
7: Regular season wins by the Eagles.
5: Regular season wins by the Union.

1: Playoff series won by the Flyers.
1: Playoff series won by the Sixers.
0: Playoff series won by the Phillies.

0: Combined NCAA Tournament wins by the Big 5, Duke, Michigan, Connecticut and Notre Dame.

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4: National holidays celebrated (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Memorial Day). Feel free to make it 4 1/2 if you want to include half of Independence Day.

1: Ground-breaking health care initiative passed by the Supreme Court.

1: Sale and name changes of Philadelphia Media Network (now Interstate General Media, LLC).

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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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