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.

Arnaldur Indridason – An Icelandic Writer of Crime Fiction

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Arnaldur Indridason
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A certified public accountant with an MBA from Stanford University, Timothy “Tim” Shields manages programs and program portfolios for UBS in Chicago. In his free time outside of UBS, Tim Shields enjoys running, biking, and reading. He lists Arnaldur Indridason among his favorite authors of all time.

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1961, Arnaldur Indridason is a Nordic writer of crime fiction who published his first book, Sons of Earth, in 1997. Most of Indridason’s books feature the protagonist Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson, an enigmatic and antisocial character who spends his time investigating cases and obsessing over stories and legends about people who have gone missing in the wilds of Iceland.

Through Erlendur’s investigations and struggles with personal turmoil, Indridason provides readers with insight into Icelandic culture and history. His novels touch on a range of topics, including criminal justice, racism, immigration, and corporate greed. Indridason’s books also feature themes that pay homage to the Icelandic literary tradition of the saga.

Indridason’s Erlendur series comprises over a dozen books, including the recent Into Oblivion, which was released in February 2016. Over the years, Indridason has received the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Silence award, the Glass Key Award, and other literary prizes. His novels, which are available in 25 countries, have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

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.

Supporting WITS Chicago in its Mission to Improve Literacy

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Working in the Schools
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Since 2002, Stanford MBA graduate Tim Shields has been serving as director of UBS, a financial services company with offices in Chicago. In his free time, Tim Shields supports Working in the Schools (WITS) Chicago.

Established in 1991 by three change agents in Chicago, WITS started out as two programs: one aimed to mobilize volunteers to act as literacy mentors for students throughout Chicago while the other was created to promote the professional development of teachers. In 2015, these programs merged to form a comprehensive model that proposes to ignite students’ passion for reading.

In its 25 years of existence, WITS has been able to fulfill its mission through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations. There are many ways to help WITS including direct financial support to any of the organization’s nine programs. This financial support can activate the organization’s nearly 2000 volunteers and provide for the professional development of hundreds of teachers in nearly 100 schools nationwide.

Donors include companies such as Credit Suisse and Exelon and foundations such as Polk Bros. Foundation and The John Buck Company Foundation. For more information on how to help the organization, visit WITSChicago.org.

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.