Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Controlling the MAVS

I want the Mavs to win.  I really, really want them to win.  So, I am not watching the games on TV.
Is this strange?  Not if you know me.  When I watch games on TV, my teams tend to lose.  I can’t tell you how many times the Cowboys have lost because I was watching.  I have named this the “Paige Effect”.
During Pre-Season and even for most of the Regular Season, I don’t worry about the Paige Effect on my teams.  They win sometimes and lose sometimes, but it isn’t for the big Kahuna, so I don’t worry about it much.  But, for the conference playoffs and finals, I make this sacrifice. 
BTW, what is a Kahuna and why do we want a big one?  Is it a fish?  I don't really think that I want a big fish.  A normal sized one is big enough, thank you very much.
Even my co-workers fear the Paige Effect.  Along with me, Joanna and Ann are the biggest Mavs fans in the office.  They don’t want me to watch either.  My friend Dave (a big Lakers fan) totally tried to get me to watch last week.  I didn’t.  Do you need further proof?  I think not.
Now, please know that the Paige Effect does not apply if I am watching the game while in the arena, so if you have a ticket to spare, just call me at 214-624-7557.
I do know that this all sounds crazy and of course the Paige Effect is just superstition.  But I believe it and it is working, so I am not going to start watching now.  I will say that the Paige Effect is really just me attempting to control something over which I really have no control. 
Having no control over something that really matters to us is frustrating.  As a human being – or especially as an American – I want to feel like I can make things happen and make things not happen at will. 
Mostly, I want to make something not happen:  Child Abuse.
Believe me, if I could stop Child Abuse by never watching TV again, I would.  I think that we all would.  Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy to stop abuse, so my Dish Network bill will keep getting paid.  But there is something that we can all do to stop Child Abuse and it has nothing to do with TV.  We have to report it. 
If you suspect Child Abuse in Texas, call 1-800-252-5400, or visit the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website at  If you are in another state, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-4-A-CHILD.
We can take control back from the abusers.
P.S.  If you want to see a great video featuring adult and teen survivors of childhood abuse and neglect, as well as about your duty to report suspected abuse, please visit


  1. Love your blog posts Paige. They always make me laugh, and they always inspire.

  2. Thanks, Alison! You are great! How's my baby?

  3. You must have turned off the TV with just a few minutes to spare for that last game! Unbelievable!

    Paige, thanks for all you do to give hope and a promising future to kids in Dallas!

  4. I didn't watch a second of it, Christie! I won't be watching this week either. GO MAVS!

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