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年の暮れに演奏される「第九」の魅力

年末になると、毎年決まってベートーベンの「交響曲第9番」が演奏されます。
場所によっては、この第九の演奏を聴くだけでなく、市民が合唱に参加できるイベントが開催され、大いに賑わいを見せるところもあります。
実際、年々参加者も増える傾向にあり、第九の演奏日までに熱心に合唱の練習が繰り替えされています。
また、参加者の声からは、一度この第九の合唱に参加すると、止められなくなるという声をよく聞きます。
第九には、人を引き付ける不思議な力があるのでしょうか。
もともと、第九が年末に演奏されるようになったのは、日本独特の文化です。
この文化が形成された背景には、日本のあるオーケストラ(管弦楽団)が、きっかけでした。
このオーケストラは、演奏会を開いてもなかなか、観客数が満員になる事がなく、経営が赤字状態になっていた時代がありました。
この頃、ちょうど年末の演奏会で、たまたまベートーベンの第九番の交響曲「合唱付き」の全曲演奏を始めて試みたところ、非常に聴衆にうけ、それ以降、第九は日本の人々に広く知られるようになった、と言われています。
一度第九を聞くと、誰もが圧倒的な力量感と、荘厳な旋律による合唱に魅了される事でしょう。
第九演奏会における合唱に参加する人々も、聴くだけでは満足できず、自ら唄ってみるというスタンスに変化していったケースが圧倒的に多い特徴があります。
そういった点で、第九は時代と共に人々に愛され、人々が育んできた面も大きく、またこのような背景こそが、人の心を掴んで放さない、第九の魅力に発展していったとも言えます。

Jaguars expect RB Leonard Fournette to play Week 7 vs. Colts

The Jacksonville Jaguars expect running back Leonard Fournette to play in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts after the star rookie injured his ankle Sunday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette suffered a sprained right ankle late in the team’s 27-17 loss to the Rams and his status for the upcoming week is unclear.
Fournette suffered a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter of the 27-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He was cleared to re-enter but remained on the sideline for Jacksonville’s final drive.

On Sunday, Fitzpatrick nearly led the Bucs to a comeback win. Down 31-0 in the third quarter, the team’s rally fell just short in a 38-33 loss. Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Fitzpatrick got time in the Bucs’ Week 2 win over the Bears, though he threw just one pass that fell incomplete. He was the starter for the Jets for the majority of last season, where he was 3-8 in his starts. The year before that, he led the Jets to a 10-6 record, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards along with 31 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

Depending on the severity of Winston’s injury, the Bucs will be hoping they get 2015 Fitzpatrick, as opposed to the one we saw in 2016.

A few games doesn’t sound like a lot, but let’s put that in context for what New Orleans has been like over the past few years. The Saints gave up 13 points to Carolina; over the rest of their games, the Panthers have averaged 23 points. The Saints held Newton & Co. 10 points below their season average. Miami hasn’t been great, but it fell 15.3 points below expectation when the Saints shut it out in Week 4. (The Lions exceeded their season average, but even that’s only a trick of defensive scoring.)falcons_029

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Carolina Panthers Jersey Film Analysis: The Shovel Option

The Carolina Panthers have had issues running the football on traditional run plays all year long. We saw these problems continue yesterday, as the Detroit Lions did an excellent job of stopping the Panthers on the ground, holding them to just 28 yards rushing. The Lions were able to stop the Panthers from effectively running the football because their interior linemen did a great job of clogging up the interior run lanes, while their edge defenders and linebackers stayed disciplined on the edge to prevent any cutbacks.

The Carolina Panthers are slowly bringing back option elements into their offense every week. As Cam Newton continues to recover from his off-season shoulder surgery, it will be interesting to see how the Panthers balance their offense with traditional runs and option runs moving forward.

After passing for just four touchdowns with five interceptions and three fumbles through Chicago’s first four games, the Bears have finally seen enough out of Mike Glennon. Head coach John Fox will give rookie Mitch Trubisky a shot under center in his first career start on Monday night.

Yahoo Sports has the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in its top five. The Eagles took care of business at home against the Arizona Cardinals, and the Panthers — led by quarterback Cam Newton — are on a two-game winning streak.

The Eagles moved up in ESPN’s power rankings, too. They were No. 8 last week but moved up to No. 4. The Panthers and Patriots also climbed up this list after their respective Week 5 victories.
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Game 4 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday. Jake Arrieta returns from his own hamstring injury for the Cubs, while Tanner Roark gets the ball for the Nationals.

“We’ve got to attack. We’ve got to be in attack mode,” Rizzo said. “There’s no relaxing just because we’re up in the series.”

Chicago committed four errors, including two by left fielder Kyle Schwarber on one ugly play, and Jason Heyward also made an uncharacteristic baserunning mistake. But the Cubs got a huge pinch-hit RBI single from Albert Almora Jr. and a solid pitching performance from Jose Quintana in the return of postseason baseball to Wrigley after last year’s World Series ended in Cleveland.

Francona said Saturday that Encarnacion was unlikely to start Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, but the three-time All-Star hadn’t been ruled out even though he used crutches and wore a boot during a day off in the series.

Encarnacion said nothing is broken in his ankle. The team had feared a worse diagnosis, but Francona said Encarnacion felt much better Saturday and the club had no plans to replace him on the roster.

The injury certainly looked bad. Encarnacion rolled in the infield dirt in obvious pain after going awkwardly into second base as he attempted to scamper back on a line-drive double play. But an MRI showed only the sprain.

Encarnacion batted .258 with 38 home runs and 107 RBI in his first season with the Indians this year. steelers_001

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Roark is 4-2 in seven career starts against the Cubs and is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA against Chicago this season.

White, who had a tryout with Vancouver during training camp and was cut Saturday, has a reputation as an NHL grinder. Boston is familiar with him from his time with the Montreal Canadiens.

“I’m just going to play my game wherever I go,” White told the Boston Globe. “I’m probably here for a reason. Just play physical, straight up-and-down, north-south game. Chip in where I can. Pretty self-explanatory the way I play. Can’t change it now.”

Tuesday’s game was officially called 35 minutes after it was scheduled to begin. With rain forecast throughout the evening, Joe Torre — Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer — said there was not enough of a window without rain to begin the game with hopes of getting it in.

Torre said that not burning either of Tuesday’s starting pitchers also played a factor in the decision not to begin the game even though rain did not start falling until shortly before the postponement announcement was made.

He camped at the left of the net, took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and put the puck past Bishop.

Mantha’s goal came when his shot from a low angle on the left side went inside the right post.

“We still felt that we had the tying goal in us,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said, “but didn’t really get much out of the 6-on-5. Got to win some more draws there; I lost three in a row.”

Jamie Benn got his 300th career assist on the first-period goal by Seguin. . Klingberg has scored a goal in each of the last two games and has at least one point in all three Dallas has played. . Both of Seguin’s goals have come on the power play. . Detroit’s Mike Green had two assists, giving him six in three games. . Red Wings D Danny DeKeyser left with a lower-body injury. . The video board showed a tribute to Detroit defenseman Trevor Daley, who played 756 games for Dallas.
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He Said What?! The Best NFL quotes of Week 6

From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches can’t escape the microphone..

1. Packers coach Mike McCarthy will have to trust Hundley There’s really no replacing a two-time league MVP like Rodgers, but McCarthy cannot afford to water down his offense with Hundley at the helm. Hundley is in his third year with the Packers, who selected the former UCLA quarterback in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. While he had attempted just 11 passes during the regular season prior to Sunday, completing three for 17 yards, he is an athletic player who can provide the same mobility as Rodgers.

2. Hit the free-agent market Hundley and Rodgers are the only two active quarterbacks on the roster. Green Bay can either promote second-year player Joe Callahan from the practice squad or sign a street free agent to back up Hundley. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has had some of his biggest games against the Packers, is the most notable free-agent QB, but he might not be a good fit in Green Bay.

Expect the Rams to go run-heavy with Todd Gurley to exploit the Jaguars’ biggest weakness (run defense), but ultimately, Jared Goff will be doomed by Jacksonville’s pass defense. That’s because Leonard Fournette can power right though the Rams’ front and allow Sacksonville to be unleashed on a young QB.

Derek Carr should return this week to lead his team after it struggled against Baltimore. The Raiders need every bit of his passing to knock any thoughts of an upset out of the heads of the Chargers, fresh off their first win. Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon make it interesting, but Carr, his receivers and Marshawn Lynch squash LA in the end.

Such confidence may invite ridicule, but McCarthy is right. Hundley has strengths that, utilized by other quarterbacks, have confounded NFL defenses before and, worth noting, possessed by a man the Packers opted not to sign in Colin Kaepernick.tigers_135

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Week 5 NFL picks straight up: Chiefs edge Texans; Raiders handle Ravens

Going into Week 5 of the 2017 NFL season, here are some fun facts after hot starts. Well, it may not be that much fun for the team with the hottest start.

That would be the 4-0 Chiefs, the league’s last undefeated team after their last-minute win over Washington on Monday. It may not necessarily be a good omen. Since 2013, of the six teams that were the last to lose a game each year, only one has even won a playoff game that season. And that was the 2015 Panthers, who began 14-0 and reached the Super Bowl.

New England wouldn’t lose two in a row, would it? A defensive mess on the back end isn’t exactly what you want when facing a red-hot Jameis Winston on the road and on a short week. But the solace here is the Buccaneers’ defense is riddled with injuries and even shakier back seven play in coverage. Tom Brady does his dropback often thing and comes through this time with a late TD to out-duel Winston.

Detroit’s defense isn’t getting enough credit for its 3-1 start. Anthony Zettel is leading a terrific pass rush, while Darius Slay and Quandre Diggs have nailed down the back end. Carolina’s defense is in a bigger funk against high-volume, diverse passing attacks, such as the Lions’ with Matthew Stafford. It’s a much rougher day for Cam Newton on the road as the Panthers let down after the win over the Patriots.x (18)

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Men who committed suicide.

NFL players who have demonstrated during the national anthem over the past year have said they are protesting police brutality and racism, not the flag or the anthem itself.

The protests began in August 2016, when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem in a preseason game.

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: For the third consecutive week, Cooper was held to two catches or fewer and 2.9 PPR fantasy points or fewer, as he finished Sunday’s game with 1.8 on his two targets. It’s the first time in his three-year, 37-game NFL career that Cooper has been held in single digits for three consecutive games, and that Michael Crabtree had 20.2 PPR fantasy points of his own on eight targets in his return from a chest injury doesn’t bode well for Cooper’s usage moving forward. EJ Manuel simply didn’t look to Cooper in this one, so consider Cooper a low-end WR3 at best for Week 6.

But that was then, and this is most definitely now. Research released in July on 202 deceased former football players revealed evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players’ repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died. These players include men who were barely functional in their final years. Men who were broken physically and emotionally.

So a player who suffers a brain injury should never be allowed to participate in his next scheduled game, or two. All the guardians of professional football — from owners to league commissioner Roger Goodell to team executives and head coaches — talk and talk about wanting to make the sport safer in the age of CTE, and yet nobody stopped Adams from suiting up and signing up for another three hours of collisions.x (1)

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Sources: Steelers’ Martavis Bryant, Jaguars’ Marqise Lee to play Sunday

Despite being listed as questionable because of an illness, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant will play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bryant was added to the team’s injury report on Saturday. He has 10 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown in four games this season for the 3-1 Steelers.

Also listed as questionable due to a rib injury, Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee is slated to play Sunday against Pittsburgh, a source said.

Lee did some work Friday, after not having practiced since suffering the injury during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.

He is Jacksonville’s second-leading receiver (13 catches for 159 yards), behind Allen Hurns (16 catches, 186 yards, two TDs). The Jaguars lost top receiver Allen Robinson for the season with a torn left ACL in the season opener.

At the end, key fantasy players listed Friday as “Out” for the week’s games will appear as a group. There are four teams on bye this week: The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins all have the week off.

The New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played on Thursday night, leaving 13 remaining matchups whose fantasy-relevant injured players are represented here. First weekend games kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET this week.
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Packers play hottest home game in Lambeau Field history

The Frozen Tundra was more like a sauna on Sunday afternoon.

With a kickoff temperature of 89, the Green Bay Packers officially played the hottest home game in Lambeau Field history.

Before Sunday, it was never warmer than 85 degrees for a Packers home game since they began recording temperatures in 1959. And that game wasn’t even in Green Bay. The 85-degree game came at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, where the Packers used to play two home games a season through the 1994 season. It was against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 10, 1978.

Players from both the Eagles and Giants took a knee around Sproles following an awkward plant and hit from safety Darian Thompson. Trainers were looking at the knee area.

Sproles was able to walk off under his own power, though, and the concern quickly turned to his wrist as he held his right arm in obvious pain as he headed indoors.

Hicks and Cox were both lost in the second quarter, further depleting a defense that was already down cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jaylen Watkins, as well as safeties Rodney McLeod and Corey Graham.

Despite the injuries, the Eagles’ defense shut the Giants out in the first half, thanks in large part to a goal-line stand at the end of the second quarter.a (1)

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Joe Thomas plays in 10,000th consecutive snap

It was a just shotgun trap run in the first quarter Sunday against the Ravens.

While the play itself was nothing special, it was a milestone for Browns left tackle Joe Thomas.

The 10-time Pro Bowler, now in his 11th season, has never missed a snap since the Browns selected him third overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. That Isaiah Crowell run gain against the Ravens was the 10,000th consecutive snap of his Hall-of-Fame career.

Nelson caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 win over the Seahawks.

The Packers also lost slot receiver Randall Cobb late in Sunday’s game. The speedy receiver, who already has 15 receptions this season, suffered a shoulder injury during the fourth quarter.

According to NFL Network, Cobb is considered day-to-day after avoiding serious injury. He underwent an MRI Monday.

Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams would start at wide receiver for Green Bay should Cobb and Nelson miss Sunday’s game.

Your league doesn’t have to limit itself to offensive players, either. You can use Individual Defensive Players (IDP) by selecting defensive positions, like Cornerback (CB), Edge Rusher (EDR), Defensive Tackle (DT) or Defensive Player Utility (DP — any defensive player position). This allows you to use players on both sides of the ball and really test — and even increase — your all-around football knowledge.

There are also some out-of-the-box options like Head Coach (HC, which gives you points when the NFL team you pick wins a game or reaches certain scoring thresholds) and Punter (P).

You can also include Injured Reserve (IR) spots, so you can stash an injured player until he is ready to play again, without sacrificing one of your active bench spots.b (13)

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