Enlightened uncertainty

I don’t know.

That felt so good.

OK, yeah, you don’t know, either. And, yeah that felt pretty good, too.
Some things are certain, because they have been factually established. The acceleration of Earth’s gravity near the surface of our planet is 9.8 meters per second per second. I’m disinclined to argue with you about it. Smart folks have worked this out. So, yeah, I know that. And in this case, it would be disingenuous for me to say, “I don’t know.” I do. And denying a known fact is as unethical as advancing a known falsehood.

We don’t know everything. We never will. I find that exciting. It puts a little kick in every day ending in “y.”

We only know what we know when we know it. But we don’t have to know everything to know something. Knowledge is cumulative. There are things we don’t know yet, but inevitably will.

There are other things we don’t yet know but probably will.
And then there are things about which we should be humbly uncertain, because they are by definition uncertain.

Hubris is never on uglier display than when we assert certainty about a subject whose status is permanently uncertain. See, “Religious Wars” for $200.

Fair warning. “My god can whup your god” is not gonna go well for you here. Similarly, “There’s only one way to salvation, and it just so happens to be mine,” is not rational, and will command no intellectual respect. Please remember the name of our company.

Faith will be respected. Dogma, not so much.

Nothing is more enlightened than acknowledging our uncertainty. It is not only rational and ethical, it is “lightening.” It will lighten our load.

“I don’t know,” is not weakness. It’s strength.

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    The Games People Play—All Things Sports

    Sports Blog: 10/27/21

    So, the Astros didn’t win the first one. The idea is to win the last one. But to do that, they’d better win the next one. Meaning Game Two tonight. Man up, Charlie Morton!  You could only throw 16 pitches on a broken leg, Cupcake? Seriously, that was studly. Salute, and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. The Jolly Roger Tuesday restated that the Enneffell will not release its report on the WFT’s toxic culture. Goodell says the reason is that the league is committed to protecting the anonymity of witnesses who came forward. Some of those witnesses

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    Sports Blog: 10/26/21

    It’s pretty clear that Texas Tech is gonna chase after UTSA football coach Jeff Traylor with a wheelbarrow of cash. That reflects intelligence on the part of Red Raider A.D. Kirby Hocutt. But there’s a difference between chasing and catching. Where do we go from here? Wherever Traylor wants to, because he is the dealer in this card game. Dealer’s Choice. Roadrunner fans hope the name of the game is not “Cutthroat.” It is an absolute pleasure to watch Alvin Kamara play football. So, bye, Seahawks. That’s five losses. And your quarterback is still hurt. This is also now a

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    Sports Blog: 10/25/21

    Paul’s NFL Power Rankings (Following Week Seven) Cardinals (7-0) Not just the best record. The best team, at least so far. Rams (6-1) Can you find a weakness? Buccaneers (6-1) He threw four more TDs. That’s 602. He is still the very best. Cowboys (5-1) “Dey got da look. They musta took…a whole hour just to make up their face…” Packers (6-1) “I still effing own you, NFC Norff!” Titans (5-2) You want to play them right now? Bills (4-2) Still wouldn’t surprise me if they won the SB. Bengals (5-2) Burrow, yes!  But are you watching that defense? Raiders

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    Sports Blog: 10/24/21

    A Saturday that looked pretty ordinary at 11 a.m. quicky turned unforgettable, and stayed that way well into the night. Not only were our college football expectations exceeded. Our wildest dreams were as well. Saturday, October 23, 2021. Write that down. The Great Game was at its very greatest. Kansas vs. Au Jus.  Kansas? KANSAS? Navy scares the daylights out of Cincinnati? Wake Forest and Army combine for 126 points? Illinois and Penn State take it to nine overtimes? Nine? And the Illini win? At (un)Happy Valley? Did you see Kansas State and Texas Tech? Iowa State-Oklahoma State was everything

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    Sports Blog: 10/23/21

    When I grow up, I want to be Yordan Alvarez. Three trips to the World Series in five years for the ‘Stros. Steal THAT sign, bitches. Bang THAT trash can. What a weird (but wonderful) ALCS.. It looked like Houston was hopelessly outclassed after three games, when the Sawks had more Grand Slams than Denny’s. Then Boston receded faster than my hairline. And now objects at rest tend to remain at rest. Hey, Dodgers and Braves. Y’all work it out. Seeya next week. I’m not going to call this a “lackluster” Saturday in college football. There is no such thing.

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    Sports Blog: 10/22/21

    All systems go for UTSA as it heads to the American Athletic Conference. Higher profile. Much more lucrative. Sexier opponents. Better road trips. Better television exposure. Bigger media markets. The AAC is by far the best of the so-called “Group of Five” conferences, so much so that it is now touting itself as a “Power Six” league. That’s not much of a stretch. This is a big-time conference, and UTSA is becoming a big-time athletic program. The Roadrunners are one of six current Conference USA schools headed to the AAC, with membership commencing no later than July of 2024. My

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    Sports Blog: 10/21/21

    For the second straight game, the Astros turned to the Book of Genesis to smite the Red Sox. You know, “In The Big Inning…” Wednesday night at Fenway it was the fifth inning, as Houston hung up a five-spot. That came one evening after the ‘Stros rolled seven in the ninth. Those back-to-back wins at Fenway put Houston up 3-2 in the ALCS with Game Six back at Minute Maid on Friday. Can Framber Valdez just keep starting every remaining game, right on through the World Series?  No?  That’s not possible?  Damn! How good was Framber in Game Five? Good

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    Sports Blog: 10/20/21

    Pull up your sox, Boston!  That’s was a helluva 9th inning tea party by the Astros! Seven runs? So, like most ‘Stros fans, I spent about three minutes celebrating that Game Four victory, then immediately started freaking out about the remainder of the series. The Houston pitching staff is threadbare. But at least the series is now guaranteed to get back to H-Town. I’ve said several times that I keep trying not to like Baker Mayfield, and failing. That’s a tough dude. He says he’s going to play Thursday night against the Broncos, despite the fact he has a completely

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    Sports Blog: 10/19/21

    And that is why we watch NFL football.  That was a fabulous game Monday night in Nashville. Two big dog teams. Beautiful night in Nashville. Great stadium. Great crowd. Seven lead changes. Indescribable tension at the end. A goal line stand to win it. I thought Bills’ Coach Sean McDermott made the right decision in going for it on fourth and one at the Titans’ two, down by three at 34-31 with 22 seconds left. Sure, you can kick the chip-shot FG to get to OT, but you’re on the road and injuries are piling up. Your defense has been

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    Sports Blog: 10/18/21

    That was exactly the kind of game the Cowboys years have lost in recent years. Good win. They’re getting tougher. Dallas just looks “mentally stronger” this season. This is a much more mature team. News is defined as deviation from the norm.  This is news. The Jacksonville Jaguars won a football game. They had to leave the country to do it, but… That to me makes the Dolphins the most disappointing team in the league through the first six weeks. They had some aspirations going into 2021. Ashes, now… I guess you could put the Colts in there, too, after

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    It Was My Privilege

    I’m fortunate that over the course of my life and career I have encountered many unforgettable newsmakers. This series is not about self-aggrandizement or name-dropping. It’s just me expressing deep gratitude.

    Paul’s Memorable Encounter: Joe Namath

    This would have been the summer of 1981. I was working as a nightly sportscaster at KMOX (now KMOV) TV in St. Louis. My sportscasting partner was a very gracious gentleman named Tim Van Galder. TVG had been a record-setting quarterback at Iowa State (The ‘Clones) and later spent time with the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals, primarily as Jim Hart’s backup. But it must be noted that in one of his NFL starts, he led the Cards to a win over the Colts and Johnny Unitas. Yes. That Johnny Unitas. Timmy also had a cup of coffee with the Jets.

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    Paul’s Memorable Encounter: Howie Long

    January, 1984. I was working for CBS, based out of St. Louis.  I was sent to Tampa to cover Super Bowl XVIII between the Washington Redskins (yes, at the time) and the Los Angeles Raiders at The Big Sombrero. Washington was the defending SB champ and was heavily favored. The Raiders flew into Tampa on Monday. They arrived at their team hotel about a half hour before I was supposed to interview Raiders Coach Tom Flores in the hotel lobby. We had set up the interview through the Raiders’ p.r. staff.  Everything is cool. Until…two minutes before airtime and Coach

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    Paul’s Memorable Encounter: Walter Payton

    Fact.  I used to have a shoe contract.  Yeah, that still sounds every bit as absurd to me as it does to you. But, yeah. Mid-80s. I was living and working in St. Louis as a television and radio sportscaster. I was approached by a representative of a newly-launched athletic shoe company named “Kangaroos.”  They were sharp enough kicks, especially for the era. White, with red ‘Roos on both sides of the heels. Enter Big Money. Rep tells me Kangaroos will pay me fifteen dollars a week to wear their shoes. I asked my tv station management if they were

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    Paul’s Memorable Encounter: Deacon Jones

    This would have been the mid-1980s. My agent got me a gig doing two weeks of promotional work for Miller Lite. The star of the promotion was retired NFL Hall-of-Famer Deacon Jones.  The co-star was another unforgettable retired NFL defensive lineman, Ben Davidson. So on the first Monday morning of the gig, I walked into the coffee-break room of the production studio, where I was told I was to meet Deacon and Ben, aka Mr. Jones and Mr. Davidson.  I entered the break room and tried to stay as inconspicuous as possible. But suddenly, The Voice of Thor rang out. 

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    It was the Spring of 1980. I was living and working in Tucson as sports director at the CBS affiliate, KOLD-TV. I learned that one of history’s greatest athletes was being treated for a terminal illness at the University of Arizona Medical Center.Jesse Owens. The news staggered me. I’ve always been a track buff and an amateur Olympic historian. There was no American athlete for whom I had more respect and even reverence. When I was a very young child, my former sprint champion father taught me to revere his name and legacy.Jesse Owens. That Jesse Owens. The American hero

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