Ides of March The End of Knight Caesar


Beware the Ides of March. Everyone knows that came from Shakespeare. The Ides of month in the Roman calendar was the 15th of March, May, July and October. The other months the Ides fell on the 13th. Most people know it from Shakespeare’s Julius Caeser. Turns out Bill was using history as a guide for his script. See, the ancient Greek biographer Plutarch tells us that the soothsayer Titus warned the emperer about March 15, 44BC when he said “beware the ides of March.” Caesar ignored him and on that day, a group of Senators ganged up to commit tyrannicide. At least that is what the self described group called themselves instead of murderers as they said they were preventing Caesar from continuing his supposed monarchal dreams.

So, what does that have to do with today? Well, its the Ides of March and the General, Bob Knight, has suffered the same fate as Caesar. I had Texas Tech winning, too. So far, thats my only loss. I end up with UCLA winning it all over Ohio State with Florida, UCLA, Texas and Ohio State in the final four. The only thing more accurate than my fearless weather forecasts is the forecast for my wife’s bracket each year. And this year she did not disappoint. She usually does pretty well until she gets to the end and puts UK vs. UL in the final game. If both teams make it against each other in the finals, I’ll be nice to Matt Milosevich for a whole day and to Steve Burgin for 46 minutes.

Speaking of nice. After giving Bryan the Webhog(our webmaster) a good beating with a rubber hose under a bright light, the new real live format is supposedly in the system and will be there soon. To show my benevolence, I will suspend the beatings and give him the benefit of the doubt.

Looks like I’ll be at UL this month giving a presentation and review of safety procedures. If you have any questions, feel free to email. I’ve gotten some pretty good questions and will post some responses this weekend. Keep in mind that when you hear rules and procedures, there are no hard and fast absolutes. I mean, if you want a guarantee, get a toaster. The truth is that people often follow procedures and yet bad things still happen. A couple of years ago in Illinois, a group of folks in a bar knew a tornado was coming. They went to the basement. None of them survived. Is that unusual? Yes. Is is surprising? No? They had winds of over 250 mph come over them bringing a tremendous amount of violent, chaotic energy. Did they do the right thing? Absolutely. It was the only thing to do. But safety precautions and procedures are meant to increase the probability of your safety and survival. That probability does not reach 100%. Often I get questions where people want absolutes and the truth is there are no absolutes. You do the very best you can with what you have to deal with and the information you have.

The Texas Aggies fans are doing the best they can with the information they have, but they will not be able to fully understand what a basketball is or understand the game, regardless of how well their team does. The only absolute there is that they are still Aggies. Hook’em.

rsymon@wlky.com

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