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Willis makes his pitch

By Frankie Frisco

This article was published August 2, 2014 at 2:35 a.m.

Tom Willis was born without arms, but that hasn't stopped him from learning how to cook, drive or write.

It hasn't stopped him from throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at a major-league game either.

On Thursday night, Willis, who was born with congenital bilateral upper amputation, wowed the crowd at a Royals-Twins game in Kansas City when he threw out the first pitch with his foot.

"Pretty amazing and better than most we've seen this season," according to

Willis' toss was by far better than rapper 50 Cent's awful first pitch May 27 at a New York Mets game, for example.

For years, Willis, a motivational speaker, has been touring the country throwing first pitches at major-league games as part of his Pitch for Awareness campaign. He's made it to 22 of 30 stadiums so far.

"I might not make it to 30, but I'll have fun trying," he told The Washington Post in 2012. "My goal is to help people understand that when you look at a person who has a disability, it doesn't mean that they don't have a whole heck of a lot of abilities, including some that you can't even imagine."


When Dallas Cowboys season-ticket holders open the envelope with their tickets this week, they might be shocked to find what's in there.

Along with all the preseason and regular-season tickets, there's a sheet of playoff tickets, including a ticket for the NFC Championship Game, a game the team hasn't played in since the 1995 season.

With all the scrutiny on the lack of postseason success for the Cowboys, who have gone 8-8 each of the past three seasons and have missed the playoffs the past four years, the actual printing of the tickets and sending them ahead of time to fans is sure to cause a stir. Especially because no other NFL team is doing this.

"It's a convenience for our season-ticket holders to have everything in one package," said Brett Daniels, the Cowboys director of corporate communications. "It's an evolution to be fan-friendly. They have their tickets online and if we clinch a playoff berth they go to the computer and click they want the tickets."

Daniels said in previous years the Cowboys would send out playoff invoices in November and mail them out in December. Fans would send in a check or write in credit card numbers on the invoices. Now, everything is done online and gives the fans more control over what they want to do.

"Included in this package are your 2014 playoff tickets and parking [if applicable] for two potential home games at AT&T Stadium," read a letter that came with the season tickets. "The barcodes on the tickets will be activated when a home playoff game is clinched and the tickets have been paid in full."

Starting early

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams got himself thrown out of a joint practice with the Patriots last year for fighting.

He didn't wait until the teams got together later this month to throw his next haymaker.

"They are cheaters," Williams said of the Patriots, via Geoff Mosher of "They are."

Williams was referencing the Spygate scandal, where the Patriots were fined $250,000 and lost a 2008 first-round pick for illegally videotaping opponents' signals. Coach Bill Belichick also was fined an additional $500,000.

"I'm trying not to go into details about it or disrespect that organization because I give that organization nothing but all the credit," Williams said. "But one fact still remains, they haven't won a Super Bowl since they got caught. You got caught."


Where did Cary Williams play college football?


Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

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