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YouTube Thursday: STOP, JAHVID BEST, OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT!

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Last time we faced off against Maryland, it ended poorly for Jahvid Best.  He only had like 25 yards on the day, although he did lead the team in vomit.  Best is our key player for next year, we don't need somebody like Greivis Vasquez leaping into the crowd and tackling him again, causing ectoplasm to spray wildly among the nearby fans.

So, if anybody in Kansas City sees Jahvid Best at or near the game, please, I repeat, please force him to leave.  I don't care what it takes.  Well, OK, I do care, because let's not hurt him.  No violence, please.  Do not taze him, bro. 

Basically, what I am saying is, if need be, place Jahvid Best under Citizen's Arrest.  My belief is that Citizen's Arrest (without the use of deadly force, please!) is the way to go.  You can't go wrong with Citizen's Arrest.  We don't need another one of these:


Their big win is over UNC:


More videos of their games:




Here are videos of their star player Greivis Vasquez:


 



 

When I first met my wife, she was attending a music conservatory.  She really loved classical music and would always get upset at my insistence at its lack of originality.  Ok, that came out wrong.  There is a lot of original stuff going on in the classical community.  Kronos Quartet and Turtle Island String Quartet are just two groups who are pushing boundaries, for better or worse.

Its more like when you go to see a Symphony or Orchestra play they aren't trying to create something new.  They are trying to recreate something old.  Take whatever the original composer had and redo it to the best of their abilities.  Which, don't get me wrong, can be amazing.  But I've always felt that people should work off of the music of their predecessors, paying homage to those who came before, but not being beholden to their original vision.  Read these lines from the Wikipedia article for Dizzy Gillepsie's classic song "Groovin' High":

The song is a complex musical arrangement based on the chord structure of the 1920 standard "Whispering" by John Schonberger

 

During the 1956 tour, Gillespie simultaneously performed "Groovin' High" and "Whispering" to demonstrate the way jazz musicians build on the bones of earlier compositions

Since those rather inane domestic spats, I have softened my views on classical music strongly, especially on cadenzas.  And, ultimately, even if the Symphony or Orchestra isn't creating something new, it doesn't mean that the song isn't beautiful or gorgeous.  Here is an example of a piece I think is truly gorgeous:  Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 1.  I was lucky enough to see the SF Symphony perform this one for free a few years back at Yerba Buena Gardens.  They are actually having Yo Yo Ma come next year to perform Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 2, but that one isn't as good. 

This is performed by Msaoirghaoregh Rostropovich.  That's not his real first name, but it's as consonent heavy as the real name.  Actually, it's less consonent heavy.  Far less!  I don't even know how to pronounce it!  It's like his parents were in the middle of a Scrabble game when they tried to name him.  Did they just hit the keyboard on a computer randomly to come up with that name?  There are too many consonents!  In reality, the name is Mstislav.  How do you pronounce Mst????????????  My wife says its pronounced Mitaslav.  There's no "I."  I dont see an "I."  I CAN'T HANDLE YOU EASTERN EUROPEAN NAMING SYSTEM!!!  We'll call him Joe.  Joe Rostropovich.  He might just be the greatest cellist of all time.  And his name is Joe.  Here he is playing the Cello Concerto: