Last week a friend and I were discussing the possibilities of my beloved Indianapolis Colts winning this past Sunday in San Francisco. I responded that if I had money to place on the outcome of the game I would have bet against the Colts winning. I was told the line was San Francisco by 2 and I said given those odds I would bet a lot. We laughed, and parted ways after discussing some other possible games, none of which I knew anything about, but was of course obliged to offer my manly opinion about. Now it turns out my beloved Colts did more than win, they literally had a game of their season against San Francisco. The final score was Indianapolis 22, San Francisco 7. Nothing went according to my prediction or for that matter any of the sports analysts across the country. I searched and did not find a single odds maker who predicted an Indianapolis win so at least I wasn’t alone.
So of course me blowing the call of an NFL game was nothing new. I routinely do not predict the outcome correctly, perhaps because I dislike football only second to College Basketball and my cherished Indiana University Hoosiers. I say my Hoosiers because I still have all four years of college eligibility so I am expecting to be called upon any moment and have been waiting for 35 years for the call. Even though I say I dislike these sports I tend to invest so much in these ‘games’ that I cannot bear to watch them and while I wish my team will win, I truly hate (yes hate) the NFL and college basketball season. My hate stems from the fear that my beloved teams will lose.
Now none of this matters to anyone on TUD except something did happen this morning that caused me to remember this unfortunate incident. On the radio as I was going to the doctor I was listening to none other than Doctor Radio and the psychiatry show. The two events are not really connected, contrary to the belief of some, I did not need psychological examination based on my calling the NFL result incorrectly. Ok maybe I did a little. I mean how can you hate the sport season of your favorite sports teams? Anyway, this show comes on about neurology, and the doctor is answering questions about seizure disorders.
So this lady calls in and makes the following statements about her child. She urinates often, drinks constantly, and seems listless. Well of course my ears perk up as she names a neurological condition I had never heard of. The guest doctor tells her that yes this is symptom of this disease and yes it is a sign of a seizer disorder. Well I yell at the radio check her blood sugar. To me of course I want to reach across the airways and strangle the doctor because I want him to say get her Blood Glucose examined. Well the discussion goes on and the neurologist says you should supplement her diet with salt. The neurologist says “I would absolutely give her electrolytes” (first lesson learned today electrolytes are really the ions of salt). Anyway I continue to scream at the radio get her Blood Glucose checked.
Time goes forward and the caller hangs up, so on to the next caller. I almost pull over to call while the doctor takes his next call. I am adamant that his poor little girl needs to get her Blood Glucose checked. So the doctor never says a thing about it, until the end of the program when the host says back to this caller (the one I was about to have a seizer disorder) she says just to be clear, this neurological disease appears to be type 1 diabetes but really it only mimics type 1, then repeats it is a real seizer disorder. Then further says of course if the little girl had not been tested, she should be test for type 1 diabetes.
Well of course I completely misunderstood the facts of the issue. Thinking back on the week, I thought about how many times we completely misunderstand what we have in front of is. With the Colts prediction, I took into account that four of their major starters including their running back was sidelined with injuries. What I didn’t take into account is that the Colts acquired the services of a new running back and it stepped up the production of the entire team. With the little girl, I failed to take into account that there is a neurological disease that mimics type 1 diabetes.
It drew my mind to wonder about how many times we misunderstand the circumstances we are presented with. We do not have either enough information (the neurological disease) or enough insight (the Colts) to make an informed decision. We simply fail to completely understand the situation, so we jump to our mostly wrong, but sometimes just uninformed opinions. It is really easy to jump to the wrong conclusion. I failed on both occasions to consider the obvious, first that the Colts would be motivated, and second that a leading neurologist would not consider Type 1 diabetes in a young child who presented like this. Ok, I am duly and completely corrected on both accounts. I find embracing that I do not know it all is actually refreshing. I should have told my friend, I didn’t know and I should have trusted the doctor. I didn’t and that was my fault.
Oh and as for my beloved IU Hoosiers, look for an awful year. After all I have yet to get the call so I am sure they are saving me for another season. With my talent level, you know they can’t wait forever. Well it has been 35 years so far. If I were you I would bet on it (or maybe not your choice).