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A check-swing punchout to end the NLDS between the teams with the best regular season records in baseball? I’m going all Peggy Lee. You know, “Is that all there is?”

So it’s on to Atlanta for the Dodgers, with Max Scherzer still officially listed as L.A.’s Game One starter on Saturday. What a bulldog! Scherzer came out of the pen in the ninth Thursday night to get his first career save, throwing 13 pitches, including 11 for strikes.

The Giants? That’s an abrupt and painful ending for a team that won 109 games.

And speaking of sudden stops, adios to Cardinals manager Mike Schildt, who got bagged despite that 17-game September winning streak that boosted the Birds into the postseason. “Philosophical differences.” That means he pissed somebody off. I would know (lol).

ALCS Game One in H-town tonight. Framber Valdez gets the ball for the ‘Stros against Boston’s Chris Sale. But all eyes are on Houston righthander Lance McCullers Jr., whose series status is uncertain after he strained his right forearm in Game Four of the ALDS against the White Sox. The Astros will have to make a roster decision this (Friday) morning.

It’s not just that he’s somehow still playing at age 44. It’s that he’s still the best quarterback in the NFL at 44. You know who I’m talking about. Seriously. If you had to pick an All-Pro team right now through the first quarter of the season, who would your starting quarterback be? Dak? I hear you. Herbert? That kid is astounding, and he’s only going to get better. Lamar? Not quite yet.

But Brady is still The Dude. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

The Hoodie will probably try to “take away” the Cowboys’ running game Sunday. How’s he gonna do that?

You know who I don’t hear a lot of people talking about right now? Mike McCarthy. That’s a good thing. Especially for McCarthy.

Have you checked the sked for Sunday?  Count me IN!

Chargers (Herbert) at Ravens (Jackson)?

Cardinals (Murray) at Browns (Mayfield)?  Enough story lines for you?  Boomer!

There’s beer in the fridge and ball on my brain.

We’ll talk lots of college pig tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

Aw, hell, we can start now. Watch your ass, Roadrunners.

Tonight? I hope to see you in Boerne. I have the honor of doing the play-by-play on the livestream of the Boerne Champion vs. Kerrville Tivy game, working alongside my analyst partner Kerry Barboza.

Life is good!

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Paul's Bio

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.