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  1. Rating real or not: Biggest surprises for all 32 NFL teamsTue, 18 Sep 2018 19:23:04 EST
    Antonio Brown's modest start. An unstoppable Patrick Mahomes. NFL Nation picks out what's real and what's a mirage from the first two weeks. More...
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All-Pro Secrets
Tid Bits From An All-Pro 2011-05-10 11:51:07

During the Speedsac Workshop that was held at 68 Inside Sports on May 7th, I had the pleasure of swapping stories with All-Pro, Future Hall Of Famer, Will Shields and he gave me a few golden nuggets.

Shields called working in the trenches of an NFL offensive line "Controlled Violence."  He demonstrated what he meant by giving lightning fast forearm shivers to a room full of punching bags.  I felt sorry for those bags.  When asked if he had anything left in the tank, he jokingly said "You might be able to wheel me out there on 3rd downs."  Someone please call Todd Haley!

Of all the defensive linemen in the NFL, who do you think taught Will Shields the most about becoming a dominant NFL offensive lineman?  Hint: He did not play in the AFC West.  Hint, Hint:  He did not play in the AFC.  Hint, Hint, Hint:  He played for the Minnesota Vikings...... Yes, it was John Randle.  He said Randle "always kept him guessing."

Finally, Mr Shields gave me the secret to becoming an All Pro offensive lineman and it starts at a very early age.  You will never guesse this one so I will tell you......TONKA TRUCKS!!!  That's right Tonka Truck,s he said, are "durable and built to last."  The other thing about those trucks is that when you go to push them, "you have to bend your knees, get low, and drive your legs forward" and these are the same skills needed to become a great offensive lineman. 

So there you have it!  It helps to grow over 6 feet and 300 lbs also, but you have to start somewhere.  Why not Tonka Truck?.

Marcus Austin




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    Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday afternoon left-hander Eric Skoglund would be on a pitch limit when he made his second start since coming off the disabled list. The 25-year-old southpaw managed to be both efficient and effective in Tuesday night's 2-1 walk-off loss to the Pirates in 11 innings at PNC Park, throwing six scoreless innings on 85 pitches and exiting with the score tied. More...
  2. Fillmyer hopes to build on last start in finaleTue, 18 Sep 2018 19:23:45 EDT
    Right-hander Heath Fillmyer (3-1, 4.76 ERA) will take the mound for the series finale with the Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. CT. Fillmyer is coming off the longest start of his career, when he allowed four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings and earned a win against the Twins on Thursday. Right-hander Chris Archer (4-8, 4.66) will start for Pittsburgh. More...
  3. Keller solid into 7th, but Royals fall to BucsTue, 18 Sep 2018 00:45:37 EDT
    Brad Keller broke into the Royals' rotation in late May after spending the first two months of the season in the bullpen. Making his 19th start of the year against the Pirates at PNC Park on Monday, the rookie right-hander continued to showcase himself as one of the most dependable arms on the Royals' staff in their 7-6 loss. More...
  4. 30 breakout performers -- 1 for each teamMon, 17 Sep 2018 09:42:26 EDT
    Today we take a look at players on each team who, in 2018, had the breakthrough year that augurs great things for the future. Some of them are rookies, some of them just finally turned the corner, but all of them are players we'll be talking about for years to come. And this was the year they got it all started. More...
  5. Mondesi stays hot, but Royals fall in slugfestSun, 16 Sep 2018 19:02:19 EDT
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  6. Veterans lead the way in blowout win over TwinsSat, 15 Sep 2018 23:54:59 EDT
    Ian Kennedy ended a streak of 17 starts without a win as the Royals blew out the Twins to clinch a series victory. He allowed just two runs (one earned) over six innings and had plenty of support, especially from veteran bats. Alex Gordon hit a pair of two-out, two-run doubles, the first of which helped the Royals power a four-run fourth inning to jump out in front. He finished with five RBIs. Alcides Escobar fell a homer shy of hitting for the cycle, knocking in three runs. Chase De Jong was charged five runs (three earned) in his 3 1/3 innings of starting work for the Twins. More...
  7. MRI confirms Lopez has deep bruise on ribsSat, 15 Sep 2018 18:55:34 EDT
    Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez underwent an MRI on Saturday morning that showed exactly what the Royals initially diagnosed Friday night: He has a deep bruise on his left rib cage. More...
  8. Royals' Top 30 Prospects listFri, 3 Mar 2017 19:26:59 EDT
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  9. Perez crowns 9th-inning rally with walk-off slamSat, 15 Sep 2018 01:04:35 EDT
    Baseball suddenly is becoming fun again at Kauffman Stadium. Trailing by a run and having lost starter Jorge Lopez to injury, the Royals clawed back in the ninth inning and tied the score on Whit Merrifield's single. Moments later with the bases loaded and facing a five-man infield, catcher Salvador Perez blasted a 3-2 slider from Trevor Hildenberger into the center-field seats for a walk-off grand slam to beat the Twins on Friday night. More...
  10. Lexington claims first title since 2001Fri, 14 Sep 2018 23:24:41 EDT
    The Lexington Legends took the lead in the ninth inning and then escaped a bases-loaded jam as they edged Lakewood, 2-1, on Friday to lock up their first Class A South Atlantic League title since 2001. More...
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Most Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks Under 6'4 2011-02-09 20:50:52

In the NFL, there has been a trend over the past decade.  This trend is to have your prototypical quarterback to be at least 6 feet 4 inches tall, or a so called "pocket passer."  We have seen the likes of Tom Brady, Ben Rothleisberger, and Peyton Manning.  There is no doubt that these are excellent players and without a doubt, hall of fame quarterbacks.

However looking back at history, it shows that these quarterbacks are the exception and not the rule.  Look no further than the last 2 quarterbacks to win the super bowl.  Drew Brees is only 6 feet tall and Aaron Rogers is only 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Out of the 25 quarterbacks to win the super bowl, 64% have been 6 feet 3 inches or under.   If you eliminate the Mannings, Brady, Aikman, and Rothleisberger, that number grows to 84%.  It may be a safe bet to say that Michael Vick will be the next 6 footer to win it all.  So unless you have an exceptional stud like one of the aforementioned players, that can put a team on his back and will his team to victory, a smart General Manager would look for one of the many excellent players who were deemed "too little."

Marcus Austin


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  5. Iowa State to Host Incarnate Word on Dec. 1Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:26:00 CST
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