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Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been; why I haven’t been posting or even really interacting on social media lately. Some of you hadn’t even noticed, some of you didn’t care, and well, some of you were just kind of glad. I’d like to say that I “disconnected.” That I got, “unplugged.” Sadly, this isn’t the case, although many times I wish it was. Nope, I didn’t get “unplugged.” I got stoned. Kidney stoned. (How many people got nervous there for a second? Mom?) If you’ve not had the pleasure of experiencing a kidney stone, well, let’s...

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braemar, highland games, mckim, Stone throw -

On paper, and on film, the Braemar stone throw should be the easiest of the events to master. Yet, for as simple as it looks, there are a few things to remember if you want to pop out a big stone throw. For starters, let's look at rhe set up. (Again, I'm writing this as if I'm coaching a right- handed thrower.  So, you lefties will just need to translate/convert this in your head.) For starters, set your feet up in a heel to toe relationship, meaning, your left foot shouldn't be in an equal stance with your right foot;...

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Caber, highland games, mckim -

It can all crumble at the end if you're not careful. You might have an amazing "pick" that just drops into your hand cradle, a high carry that allows you to drive the stick with speed, and a quick gather step that puts you in just the right position to finish the throw ... but now what? I've seen it countless times in competitions and all too many times to me. When, and how, should we pull the caber? Timing This is such a hard, hard thing to coach, as it all depends on the length of the caber -...

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1. FootballNeed I say more? Fall season is football season. A word to the wise, and skinny, we big guys will corner you and regale you with stories about some massive pancake block that won the game, the one time we picked up a fumble and took it to the house, and act out the time we used our cat-like reflexes to tip and catch a ball at the line of scrimmage. In short, our stories can be summarized into these four categories. - We were the star linemen in high school, and would have played quarterback but the coach...

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