Monday, August 4, 2014

David Wilson's Career is Over Due to Diffuse Cervical Stenosis

"I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me," Wilson said in the team's release. "I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too."
ESPN:
The promising career of New York Giants running back David Wilson appears to be over before his third NFL season.

The Giants announced Monday that two doctors have advised Wilson, 23, to stop playing football due to the condition of his neck and spine. The Giants placed Wilson on injured reserve, which means he will not play for them this season. And according to a team news release, Wilson appears to understand that his playing days are over.

Wilson injured his neck in a Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles and missed the rest of the season. He had spinal fusion surgery in January and was not cleared for full contact until July 21, the day before the Giants' first training camp practice.

He was injured during practice a week later and spent a portion of last week being examined by doctors. Monday morning, he met with Frank Cammisa, who is the chief of spine services at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the doctor who performed Wilson's surgery in Januay. Cammisa and Giants team doctor Russell Warren then advised Wilson not to play anymore.

"David has diffuse cervical stenosis," Warren said in the team's news release. "He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week's episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank and I both told David he should not play football anymore. We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious."

The Giants drafted Wilson in the first round of the 2012 draft out of Virginia Tech. He was a star kick returner as a rookie and opened the 2013 season as the starting running back. He fumbled twice in the 2013 opener and was benched while coaches worked with him on his ball carrying technique. He has 115 carries for 504 yards and five touchdowns in his NFL career, as well as six receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. He also scored a touchdown on a kick return in 2012.

After his appointment Monday morning, the Giants say, Wilson returned to the team facility to meet with team officials.

"David and I had a great talk," general manager Jerry Reese said. "He's disappointed like all of us, but he's a strong young man and understands that he has a lot of life left to live and it's not worth to him, his family or us to put his health in harm's way by continuing to play football."

"I'm thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football," Wilson said. "I always try to find the positive in everything. This morning, I didn't hear what I wanted to hear, but I expected what they told me could be a possibility. I had played out both scenarios in my mind."

The Giants will open the season with Rashad Jennings as the starting running back and back him up with Peyton Hillis, rookie Andre Williams and either Michael Cox or Kendall Gaskins.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Childish Gambino - "3005" (2013)


Wikipedia:
"3005" is a song by Childish Gambino from his second studio album Because the Internet. The song was released on October 22, 2013 as the first official single from the album. It was produced by Gambino, Stefan Ponce and Ludwig Goransson. The song has since peaked at number 11 on the UK R&B Chart and 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The video received a MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Hip-Hop Video.

The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and number 12 on the Canadian Albums Chart, with first-week sales of 96,000 copies in the United States. This would be an 84% increase in first week sales in his home country, compared to his debut album Camp. As of April 20, 2014, it has sold 257,000 copies in the United States. Due to Record Store Day, the week ending April 20, 2014, the album peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Vinyl LPs chart, selling 3,600 vinyl copies.

Childish Gambino said that he wrote the song early in the morning, as he does with all the songs he considers his best songs. He spoke on the track's significance saying, "Everybody's like, 'It's a love song.' It's kind of an existential thing. I'm just really scared of being alone. When I was little, there was a big dog down the street. I was really scared of it. But when I was with my sister, when I knew I had to protect her, I wasn't afraid of the dog as much because somebody was there. I had a purpose...I kind of feel lost. I kind of lost that, I feel."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Best of Weird Al Yankovic


Wikipedia:
Mandatory Fun is the fourteenth studio album by American musician "Weird Al" Yankovic. Self-produced, the album was released by RCA Records in the United States on July 15, 2014.

Yankovic composed the originals first, and wrote parodies last in order for them to be as timely as possible upon the album's release. Many artists were positive in their assumptions of being parodied; Pharrell Williams remarked that he was "honored" to be spoofed by Yankovic, while Imagine Dragons advised Yankovic on how to achieve similar sounds as their original song "Inactive."

Although the music video aspect of Yankovic's songs had long been a part of his success, RCA Records opted not to fund any video production for Mandatory Fun. Yankovic instead turned to various social media portals including Funny or Die and CollegeHumor which he had worked with in the past; these sites helped to cover the production cost of the videos with Yankovic foregoing any ad video revenue.

The release of Mandatory Fun marked "Weird Al" Yankovic's first number one album on the United States Billboard 200 in his 38-year long career, debuting atop the chart the week of August 2, 2014. Mandatory Fun is also the first comedy album to reach the number one spot since Allan Sherman's My Son, the Nut in August 1963. It achieved the largest sales week for a comedy album since The Beavis and Butt-head Experience in 1994 after selling 104,700 copies during the sales week ending July 20, 2014.







Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The ShowHawk Duo


Alice Park, Bath 2014: Tribute to Daft Punk


Tron Kirk, Edinburgh 2013: The Anthem


Street Performance, Bath 2013


Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2012