Strength in the middle. It’s been bantered about in all the major team sports. NBA championships, folks used to say by rote, can’t be won without a dominant big man clogging up the middle. It’s not required nowadays, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Strong interior blocking, in the middle of the offensive line, is indispensable when it comes to establishing a ground game in the NFL. Conversely, superior middle linebackers have been the hallmark of countless championship platoons, too. Hockey’s glamour guys are the flashy centers—the fancy playmakers who can also score. And in baseball? You’ve heard it countless times: “One of the reasons why (insert team) are so successful is because they’re strong up the middle!” The middle being, ...
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