Philadelphia Eagles Lose CB Ron Brooks to Season-Ending Injury

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Ron Brooks
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An MBA graduate of Stanford University, Timothy “Tim” Shields serves as director of program portfolio management at UBS in Chicago. Outside of his professional activities at UBS, Tim Shields enjoys following his favorite NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles starting lineup recently took a hit when cornerback Ron Brooks ruptured his right quadriceps tendon during the team’s 21-10 victory over the Vikings on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Brooks suffered the injury during the first quarter of the game and was carted off the field. On Monday, coach Doug Pedersen announced that the injury would require surgery and that Brooks would be unable to play the rest of the season.

Brooks, a five-year pro out of LSU, just joined the Eagles from the Buffalo Bills and quickly found a spot as the team’s top slot cornerback. This season, Brooks had 12 solo tackles and two assists and provided the team with a boost of energy defending opposing teams’ passing and run games. With Brooks out for the season, the Eagles will likely rely on their top three safeties to take turns filling in at the cornerback spot.

Two Underrated Eagles Greats

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Irving Fryar
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Timothy (Tim) Shields serves as a program and portfolio manager for UBS, where he provides management for complex long-term process and technology projects. Outside his career at UBS, Tim Shields follows the NFL as a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Though he is more prominently known as a head coach and ESPN analyst, Herman Edwards played nine seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and was a member of the 1980 Super Bowl team. He recorded nine interceptions over his nine-year tenure with the Eagles, but perhaps his most well-known moment in uniform came in November 1978, when he returned a late-game fumble by Giants quarterback Joe Pisarcik for a touchdown. The moment would go on to be called the “Miracle in the Meadowlands” and was the pinnacle of Edwards’ productive, but often underrated career with the Eagles.

Another often overlooked Eagle is Irving Fryar. Though he only spent three seasons with the team, between 1996 and 1998, Fryar racked up a slew of impressive statistics. In his first two seasons, he hauled in 88 and 86 receptions, respectively. His numbers stand as two of the most productive seasons for an Eagles wide receiver to date. Only Brian Westbrook’s 2007 campaign that produced 90 receptions tops Fryar’s efforts. Fryar’s production is even more impressive given that he never had a top quarterback throwing passes his way.

Pederson Happy with Wentz’s Development So Far

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Carson Wentz
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Timothy Shields holds an MBA from Stanford University. As a program manager at UBS, Tim Shields handles complex, long-term technology projects. Outside of UBS, Tim Shields is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s not often that third-string NFL quarterbacks garner much press, but when that third-string quarterback is also the second overall draft pick, he tends to attract a little more attention.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been vocal about the development of Carson Wentz, who the team drafted earlier this year in the hopes of grooming him as a franchise quarterback. According to Pederson, Wentz’s development has been slow, but that pace has been intentional.

Pederson says that Wentz is “on track” and putting in good practices, learning from veteran quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel–both of whom are ahead of him on the team’s depth chart.

The biggest area of development for Wentz right now is his footwork. Pederson says that he can get jump in the pocket, and that coaches are trying to develop more spring and stability in his footwork in the hopes it will make him a more accurate passer.

Preparing for Your First Bike Race

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First Bike Race
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Working as a program manager at UBS in Chicago, Illinois, Tim Shields handles the management of complex long-term process and technology projects. Apart from his career, Tim Shields is a fitness advocate and participates in several activities to that end, such a biking.

When preparing for one’s first bicycle race, there are some important steps to take to ensure a smooth and safe experience. Here are three of the most important items to check off the list before race day:

Try to get as much experience as possible participating in group rides. This will give you the experience of learning how to comfortably ride within a large group when traveling at high speeds. It also allows for the development of key bike racing concepts, such as drafting and pack positioning.

Becoming familiar with the course is also a key component. It’s helpful to get a map of the course and study it in an effort to determine the particular skills necessary to complete the race. For instance, it is beneficial determine what percentage of the course is comprised of uphill terrain, downhill terrain, and how steep those grades are.

While studying a map of the course is important, it’s not a replacement for actually riding the course. A test-run of the race is extremely beneficial for the first-timer. Even a leisurely ride of the course, slower than the pace of the race, will help the beginner with key elements, such as which gears to use on which parts of the course.

The Phillies Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Yoervis Medina

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Yoervis Medina
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Holding an MBA from Stanford University, Timothy (Tim) Shields leads program and program portfolio management at UBS. Away from UBS, Tim Shields makes time to cheer on his favorite teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies.

At the beginning of 2016, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Yoervis Medina from the Chicago Cubs. The team traded its 2010 first round pick, Jesse Biddle, a left-handed pitcher who underwent Tommy John surgery and is expected to sit out the entire 2016 season, to the Pittsburgh Pirates to sign the right-handed pitcher.

Venezuela native Yoervis Medina is 27 years old and has played two seasons as a Major League Baseball (MLB) player. A relief pitcher, he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2013 and spent a majority of his career with the team before being traded to the Chicago Cubs mid-season in 2015. He holds a 10-9 win-loss record and a career earned run average (ERA) of 3.08. While his career walks are considered high at 79, Medina has performed well at striking out batters. In addition, he has given up only 10 home runs over the course of 146 games.

The Chicago Frontrunners

 

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Chicago Frontrunners Running Club
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As a program manager at UBS, Timothy “Tim” Shields handles complex, long-term technology projects. Outside of UBS, Tim Shields has been a runner for years, and has served as a member and former officer of the Chicago Frontrunners Running Club, which he joined in 2003.

The club is just one of dozens that are affiliated with International Front Runners (IFR), an affiliation of LGBT running/walking clubs worldwide. IFR reports some 100 Frontrunner clubs in 17 countries, including the United States.

Also known as Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago, the Chicago club meets twice weekly on the city’s lakefront. Runners typically cover a three- to five-mile course, the club’s website says, while for walkers, it’s one to two miles. Runners and walkers meet after their exertions at nearby restaurants. The Frontrunners club also hosts monthly social events and keeps club members informed of upcoming events, such as the Chicago Marathon, held in the fall.

Preparing for Race Day: Six Tips for First-Time Marathon Runners

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Marathons
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Timothy “Tim” Shields serves as a program and portfolio manager for UBS in Chicago, Illinois, where he provides management for complex long-term process and technology projects. Outside his work with UBS, Tim Shields enjoys running and participating in marathons and he previously provided an anecdote about his first experiences for a 2003 book on marathon running.

The following list includes tips for individuals participating in their first marathon.

1. Taper training. Start slow when training, and gradually increase your running distance. Follow a careful training schedule until the week before the race. Slowly decrease your mileage in the last one or two weeks before the race, and use this time to recuperate and rest your body.

2. Wear appropriate running gear. Invest in a pair of comfortable running shoes and socks for the race, and wear them during at last one 10-mile training run at marathon pace to break them in. You can also benefit from wearing real running clothes in place of casual, everyday clothing.

3. Stay hydrated. Remember to stay hydrated during training and the race itself. If you plan on consuming athletic or energy drinks during the race, drink them while training, as well. Hydrate well before the race, and don’t wait until you feel thirsty.

4. Warm up. Perform complete warm-ups before each run, especially on race day. Recommended warm-ups include about 10 minutes of light jogging followed by a series of dynamic stretches.

5. Pace yourself. Pace yourself during the race, and focus on finishing it rather than your speed or run time. Run at a pace that feels most comfortable and conserves energy without overexerting yourself.

6. Find your motivation. Identify a source of motivation for yourself to focus on during the rough patches of the race. You can dedicate each mile to a cause or person, create a list of mantras, listen to your favorite songs, or station friends and family along different points of the route to cheer you on. Setting up a reward for yourself for finishing can also help.