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Tako Tuesday M.D.: Creating a highlight video

After leaving Oregon, LMJ is truly a Free Bird now
After leaving Oregon, LMJ is truly a Free Bird now

You know what's the best thing about the internet? It's not email that lets you communicate instantly with friends and family all over the world. It's not social networking, that at best, let's you know something about someone you would have found out eventually anyway. It's also not the way it has connected millions of people to increase the transfer of information that helps people and companies be more productive, create jobs and save lives.

Those are all good things. But the best thing about the internet is YouTube.

Now I lost a bet earlier this year to Tako during the jersey contest where the loser had to do a second "Bowels of the Internet" post this time breaking down Hasselhoff's other masterpiece, "Jump in my car." But see, this is actually an abuse of why YouTube was created. I could sit here and write 1000 words about how little sense this video makes, but that's not why you visit this site. And that's definitely not why YouTube was created. No, YouTube was created for a much greater reason, for us to be able to watch Duck highlights.

I have to admit, I've never been a big fan of highlight videos. They all seem to encompass the same thing. Take a couple of shots of plays, mash together with some random hip-hop soundtrack (or worse yet, make your own hip-hop track that actually deters from the highlight) rinse and repeat. Maybe it's the fact that I'm not a big fan of hip-hop, and I'm definitely not a fan of homemade hip-hop. But music plays such an integral role in our viewing experience that watching a highlight without it, almost seems mundane.

So I came up with a solution. I decided to take my second favorite internet invention, Pandora, and combine it with my first. If you're not using Pandora, then something is wrong with you. Pandora allows you to custom tailor your listening preferences and gives suggestions that match them. So you can take one of the myriad of suggested music selections from this post, create a radio station from it and you'll get even more titles and artist that are similar to it to listen to.

So like the person that makes their first peanut butter and banana sandwich, thinking it may not be very great, I put on one of my favorite genres (classic rock) and started clicking on madmike1951 highlight videos to create my own. Then it started getting me thinking, what songs fit best with what players. So after about 3 hours of listening to music and clicking through highlights, here is what I came up with.

De'Anthony Thomas - Stairway to Heaven, Led Zepplin: Just like the song, Thomas' highlights start out a little slow. Whether you're looking at it from the whole year or highlight by highlight. Thomas highlights usually start with a rather simple progression, then explode into a crescendo of varying moves, jukes and dust.

LaMichael James - Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd: I know, I just started off my highlight videos with two of the most classic and iconic rock songs of all time, but if you're watching a highlight video of two Ducks from the last couple of years, are there two players more classic or iconic than these two? Plus, the lyrics to Free Bird just make me think about LMJ's decision to go to the NFL.

Kenjon Barner - Give Me Three Steps, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Give me three steps, give me three steps mister and you'll never see me no more.

John Boyett - The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash: A soon to be famous John deserves another famous Johnny.

Dion Jordan - All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix: Explosive riffs, classic sound, innovator, artist, legend. That reminds of Jordan's play.

Cliff Harris - All of My Love, Led Zepplin

The Defense - Little Wing, SRV (or Jimi take your pick): The defense may not be the wing of the Ducks that gets the most attention or people see as the biggest, but never underestimate the little wing.

There, so now that you've just wasted an hour plus right-clicking and watching highlights, tell me in the comments what songs or genres you think go best with Duck highlight videos.