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It is 6:28 a.m. as I write.  Cole Beasley is still an idiot.

We’ll have to wait to see what this “alliance” among the Big 10, the ACC and the Pac-12 means going forward. But we do know this.  So long, Big 12.

That means Texas Tech will be pissed off and paranoid this season. Pissed off and paranoid is always a good mental state for a football team, especially if it has a hotrod quarterback. Red Raider Coach Matt Wells has named Oregon transfer Tyler Shough as his QB1.  Shough started seven games for the Ducks last season. He’s a bad man.

I know you’ll appreciate this cheery reminder. But COVID is going to jack with this football season at least…at least…as much as it did a year ago.

Seems Cam made an innocent COVID protocol mistake. That’ll just make it easier for the Hoodie to go with Mac Jones, which I think he clearly wants to do.

The Bears are doing the right thing. Justin Fields is going to be a force. But I saw him over the weekend and he still has zero clue what he’s doing.  Dalton gets the regular season start against the Rams. Fields will have to wait awhile to assume the throne.  Like, you know, until Week Three or so.

Lamar Jackson takes exception to the notion that this is the year the rest of the NFL will “figure him out.”  Then he’d better learn how to throw the ball outside the numbers like an NFL quarterback. If he can do that, the league will NEVER be able to figure him out.

I’ll give LSU credit for trying. No vax, no negative test, no-go for fans at Tiger Stadium. Can you imagine what a boiling cauldron of Saturday night COVID that place would be without those restrictions?  “Death Valley,” indeed.

No, it’s not Liz Frank.  It’s Lisfranc, which is French for “really bad news.”  Here’s hoping Jags’ rookie running back Travis Etienne makes a full recovery from the foot injury that has ended his season.

Delighted to see that Dick Vermeil and the late Cliff Branch are now finalists for the PFHOF. Vermeil impacted the sport. Branch was part of three Super Bowl winners with the Raiders. Only guys named Rice, Edelman and Irvin have more postseason receptions in NFL history.

Yadier Molina is coming back for one more season with the Cardinals in 2022. I left St. Louis in 1986.  I think Yadi was only in his fourth year with the Birds.

Orioles have lost 19 straight. Ghost of Johnny Unitas?

Giants have taken 20 of their last 27.  Moving moment last night as Brandon Belt hit two homers, hours after learning his grandmother had died of COVID.

No Federer. No Nadal. Now no Serena. So no interest in the U.S. Open.

It’s 6:57 a.m.  Cole Beasley is still dumber than slow dirt.

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

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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.