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I guess it’s all downhill from here for D-Backs pitcher Tyler Gilbert, who last night no-hit the Padres in his first major league start. Only three other guys have ever done that. Who can forget Bobo Hollomon, who until last night was the most recent pitcher to record a no-hitter in his MLB debut. In 1953.

On the flip side, lotsa guys have thrown No-No’s this season.  That’s eight and counting, which ties a MLB record that dates back to 1884 (no typo), the first year that overhand pitching was allowed.

Look, I am painfully aware that the Texans will be lucky to win four games this season. But, my goodness, they played hard last night at Lambeau.  They played way harder than the Packers did. As a fan, that’s really all I ever demand. And it’s obvious that the team likes playing for new HC David Culley.

So Dak will return to full-speed practice this week? It’s breath holding time for Cowboy fans. I choose optimism.

Right now Jacoby Brissett is a better NFL quarterback than Tua. There, I said it.

Justin Fields, si.

Trevor Lawrence, si.

Jordan Love, no.

Zach Wilson.  Hell, I don’t know.

Best pre-season decision by a rookie NFL head coach?  The Chargers’ Brandon Staley says Justin Herbert will not play a down.  That’s “veteran coaching wisdom.”

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.