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

    05/20/22

    I’m not a Saban hater. Far from it. I respect him. But he was flat-out wrong to single out Texas A&M and Jackson State in his otherwise accurate description of the chaotic NIL landscape of college football. Jimbo has every right to be pissed. So does Deion. Oh, and regarding NIL rules (and absence thereof), acquaint yourself with the term “collectives.” It’s today’s euphemism for “big money boosters.” We don’t even realize how filthy this already is, or how filthy it’s going to be. I have the privilege of being on the Chris Duel Show with Shannon Sweeney this morning

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    05/17/22

    Game One in the East tonight in Miami. It’s a matchup of familiar playoff foes as the Heat host the Celtics. The Eastern Conference Championship Series has been the end of the road for Boston in three of the last four seasons, but I think the Celts will get over the hump this time. I’m taking Boston in six, starting with a road win tonight. This should be a solid series pairing the conference’s top two seeds. Man, it’s hard to believe that Erik Spoelstra is now in his 14th season with the Heat. And maybe even harder to believe

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    05/16/22

    Once again, the Suns set in the West. And the Bucks stop here, too. Playing at home in Game Seven, Phoenix scored 27 points in the first half against the Mavs. No, Suns fans were not screaming, “Lou!” The Celtics picked a good time to win two straight, something neither they nor the Bucks had done previously in their Eastern Conference title series. The City of Dallas broke even in Sunday Game Sevens. Look, I like birdies. But that looked like a remake of the Hitchcock classic at the Byron Nelson. Even Tippi Hedren was hitting it stiff to the

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    05/15/22

    Suns players are saying they’re not nervous about Game Seven against the Mavs today. I’ll take that bet. One hundred career homers for Shohei Ohtani. I’ve been told he’s a decent pitcher, too. Dangit, Astros! You can only win eleven in a row? Just give the ball to Justin today and start a new streak. Former Longhorns Seahawks and Ravens safety Earl Thomas is from Orange, Texas. One would assume he’s pretty recognizable in that town. Thomas walked into a restaurant in Orange on Friday and promptly got arrested by Orange PD. Two weeks ago, a warrant was issued in

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    05/14/22

    Ryan Tannehill took a bad rap a couple of weeks ago when he told the media it is not his job to mentor Titans rookie Malik Willis. He’s right. It’s not. Tannehill did not say he was going to cold-shoulder Willis or in any way be a bad teammate. He said he would always answer Willis’s questions and help the rook when asked. Tannehill merely said it was not his job to initiate any tutoring. That’s on Willis, who says he gets all of that and is off to a good start in his relationship with Tannehill. Panthers rookie QB

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    05/13/22

    Things just got real! The release of the full 2022 NFL schedule Thursday night means we are now rolling downhill toward September. YOWW! Quick-flash reactions: The Cowboys’ sked is not nearly as “easy” as some folks are saying it is. The league did the Texans zero favors. Houston plays back-to-back home games only once, and that Week 6 bye is WAY earlier than any team would like. I have NEVER seen the NFL load up the MNF schedule the way it has this time. That is Big Dog on Big Dog almost every Monday. Buck and Aikman must be feeling

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    05/12/22

    Tonight is Full Schedule Announcement Night in the NFL! Yes, of course I’m a sucker. I love everything about it. The league is already serving appetizers. Cowboys vs. Packers in Week Ten at Lambeau. So, we’ve got the whole Return of McCarthy thing. This will be the first Dallas-Green Bay matchup since 2019. You like “Chaos Theory”? Then college football is your sport. From NIL, “the portal,” conference realignments and now even scheduling, this is anarchy. The Celtics are gonna rue the one that got away. They had a a 14-point lead and a chance to take Milwaukee to the

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    05/11/22

    Comforting to know that Brady will be financially secure following his retirement from the NFL and that he’ll have something to fill his free time. One question. Will he actually be any good as a tv analyst? I’m not saying he won’t be. But neither am I sure he will be. Oh, ok, one more thing. Did you get the feeling that yesterday’s announcement by Lachlan Murdoch was timed to bump up Fox’s stock price? Rams and Broncos on Christmas? Yeah, I’ll probably carve out some time for that. The NFL is again doing a masterful job of teasing ahead

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    05/10/22

    Don’t you love it when you remember you have something to look forward to that you had previously forgotten you had to look forward to? The preceding excited gibberish is brought to you by eight-year-old Paul Alexander, who just remembered the entire 2022 NFL season schedule will be announced Thursday night!  Go ahead! Make fun of me!  I’m making fun of me!  I love the schedule announcement show! From that moment on, the season is REAL, and it is approaching fast. We already got a little taste when we learned Monday the season’s kickoff Monday Night doubleheader will match the

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    05/09/22

    Yeah, I’m surprised the Sixers have squared up their series against the Heat. I’m even more surprised that James Harden is helping to key this Philly comeback. But you can’t ignore these Game Four numbers—31 points (including 16 in the fourth), seven boards and nine assists in 41 minutes. It probably doesn’t hurt the Sixers’ cause that Joel Imbiid is back on the floor and doing his best Raging Bull impression. Collars getting a little tight in Miami? A “fan” assaulted Chris Paul’s mother and wife Sunday in Dallas. The “fan” put his hands on Paul’s mother and pushed his

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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: Keith Hernandez

    My first full day of work at KMOX (now KMOV) TV in St. Louis was June 7, 1980. I was a 25-year-old, just-hired sportscaster whose previous tv jobs had been in Tucson and Austin. Movin’ on up to the East Side! I was incredibly fortunate and grateful. KMOX was CBS owned-and-operated. I reported to the newsroom at 8:30 a.m. and was immediately told to high-tail it to the airport along with photographer Bob Bauer. The Cardinals had just fired manager Ken Boyer, a former Card All-Star third-baseman and St. Louis hometown fan favorite. The early-morning whacking had occurred in Atlanta,

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    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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    PAUL’S MEMORABLE ENCOUNTER: Jesse Owens

    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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