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  1. Harper wins Home Run Derby in thrilling fashionMon, 16 Jul 2018 22:32:39 EST
    Bryce Harper finished the final round of Monday night's Home Run Derby with 19 homers at Nationals Park, winning the contest dramatically in bonus time over Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber. More...
  2. LSU's Orgeron: Shouldn't have hired CanadaMon, 16 Jul 2018 17:35:19 EST
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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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  1. All-Star Salvy's reputation speaks for itselfMon, 16 Jul 2018 19:26:46 EDT
    Royals catcher Salvador Perez is so respected by his peers and league coaches that he was voted into his sixth consecutive All-Star Game. And because of an injury to his good friend, Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos, he will make his fifth straight All-Star start. That's a starting streak that hasn't happened in All-Star history since Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez started from 1993-2001. More...
  2. Royals ready to reset after 'pen hit hard in lossSun, 15 Jul 2018 18:01:50 EDT
    Five Kansas City relievers, putting together a bullpen day due to Ian Kennedy's oblique injury, combined to give up 10 runs to their American League Central rivals as the Royals dropped Sunday's rubber game at Guaranteed Rate Field, 10-1. The Royals enter the All-Star break at 27-68. More...
  3. Salvy torn replacing countryman Ramos in ASGSun, 15 Jul 2018 14:22:49 EDT
    The Royals announced Saturday that Salvador Perez will replace Wilson Ramos as the American League's starting catcher in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. More...
  4. Matias homers for World at Futures GameMon, 16 Jul 2018 00:48:21 EDT
    The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives. More...
  5. Philly outslugs KC in Commissioner's CupMon, 16 Jul 2018 15:46:22 EDT
    The Philadelphia Youth Academy players cheered throughout their fifth-inning rally during the Commissioner's Cup championship game Monday afternoon against the Kansas City Youth Academy at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. More...
  6. Bonifacio powers Royals to win after Duffy's gemSat, 14 Jul 2018 19:21:13 EDT
    The Royals Jorge Bonifacio supported a sterling start from Danny Duffy in a win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday. Bonifacio's first homer of the year was a two-run shot in the first, and he later added an RBI triple. Duffy would take the early lead and run with it, tossing seven scorless innings and striking out eight. New father Reynaldo Lopez was up to task after allowing the first inning home run, but a Salvador Perez homer in the eighth robbed him of a quality start. More...
  7. 'Bullpen day' on tap with starters on mendSat, 14 Jul 2018 13:57:26 EDT
    Manager Ned Yost said Saturday that Burch Smith will start the finale and throw about 50-60 pitches, with Glenn Sparkman or Brian Flynn likely picking up in long relief. Smith made his only start of the season last Wednesday, giving up four runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings to the Twins. More...
  8. Royals' Top 30 Prospects listFri, 3 Mar 2017 19:26:59 EDT
    Who do the Royals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Kansas City's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch. More...
  9. Keller's struggles continue against White SoxSat, 14 Jul 2018 00:55:35 EDT
    One outing after giving up four runs and five walks in 4 2/3 innings, Brad Keller couldn't make his way out of the third inning in the Royals' 9-6 loss to the White Sox in the series opener on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. More...
  10. Duffy looks to keep rolling after break vs. TwinsSun, 15 Jul 2018 19:09:37 EDT
    The Royals will have four days off for the All-Star Break before resuming play Friday against the Twins in Kansas City. Salvador Perez heads to Washington, D.C., to start his fifth-straight All-Star Game following Wilson Ramos's injury. Danny Duffy (5-8, 4.59 ERA) opens the second half at 7:15 p.m. CT vs. Minnesota. The Twins will send out Kyle Gibson. 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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    The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award. More...
  2. Big 12 Football Championship Tickets on Sale FridayMon, 16 Jul 2018 09:45:00 CST
    Tickets for the 2018 Big 12 Football Championship game will go on sale Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m. CT. More...
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    Maggie Nichols (Gymnastics) and Baker Mayfield (Football) are Oklahoma's 2017-18 Big 12 Athlete of the Year candidates. More...
  4. Sooners Picked to Repeat in Big 12 Preseason Football PollThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:00:00 CST
    Oklahoma was chosen to finish at the top of the standings for the third consecutive year in the Big 12 football preseason poll, voted on by media representatives. More...
  5. Big 12 Announces Media Preseason Football TeamWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:00:00 CST
    The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team and individual awards, chosen by media representatives who cover the league. More...
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