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I first heard this phrase, “The Goat Rodeo” on NPR’s “All Things Considered” where Yo-Yo Ma and three bluegrass virtuosos explained the title of their new album.

What’s a “goat rodeo,” you may ask? Thile says it’s an aviation term “where so many things … go wrong that you need to go right for everything to turn out not utterly disastrous.”

Of course The Urban Dictionary has a much less family friendly version. I have chosen one of their definitions suitable for BPI Campus:

A chaotic situation, often one that involves several people, each with a different agenda/vision/perception of what’s going on; a situation that is very difficult, despite energy and efforts, to instill any sense or order into Management’s nuts. By the time each of them has his say and policy gets to us, it’s a goat rodeo.”

Also from the urban dictionary, edited for BPI:

Lastly, there is the Goat Rodeo. The worst of the three, it is beyond even profanity. It describes a situation that involves many individuals screw ups, and implies that the f*** up is already well underway, meaning that there is no hope in stopping the mess. Usually said with a defeated tone.

I spent five hours in the car on Monday and the Interview with Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo was the absolute highlight of my drive. I think the Super Committee was a goat rodeo from the get go. I think the Republican Presidential candidates and many of their debates are a goat rodeo. I think Citizen’s United was a Goat Rodeo.

Actually, maybe those of you who are more in tune with pop culture than I am have already heard this phrase. As a newbie, I love this phrase. I am seeing goat rodeos everywhere. It says so much, so politely.

(No goats were harmed in the writing of this piece.)

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