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Adapting a sports quote to real life

You might have heard that skeptical coach's assessment of passing in football.

“Three things can happen when you pass. Two of them are bad.”

Or something like that.

If I might digress for a moment, here's this:

Well, have you ever felt that way about answering a knock on your door when you didn't know who it is?

I have.

You certainly want to answer if it is a friend or a neighbor. Or someone who might need help. I don't even mind the occasional chat with a politician.

Of course, it's often some brand of disingenuous selling or outright lying. 

I suppose a case could be made for using the peephole as a screening device. But I wouldn't exactly feel like a man in full if the day came when I was reluctant to open my own front door in the middle of the day.

I'd revise that quote to make it read this way: “Ten things can happen when you answer the door. Nine of them are bad.” 

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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