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Baseball is voodoo. How else do you explain the difference between the Astros’ bats in Game Three as opposed to Game Two. Pitching? That can’t be it. Spare me the drama and controversy about Braves starter Ian Anderson being sat down after five scoreless innings. Anderson wasn’t particularly good. He walked three batters, hit another one, and went to a full count with five Houston hitters in five innings. I thought the move by Braves manager Brian Snitker to give Anderson the hook was completely defensible.

What was indefensible was Eddie Rosario’s failure to go hard after that soft single by Houston pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz that broke up the no-no in the top of the 8th. That will not play well in the Braves’ clubhouse.

Which is ok with me.

Baseball is voodoo.

College Pig Prognostications

Michigan State 31, Michigan 24

Wisconsin 24, Iowa 17

Texas 38, Baylor 35

Pittsburgh 31, Miami 20

Rice 27, North Texas 24

Iowa State 28, West Virginia 24

Georgia 38, Florida 24

Purdue 27, Nebraska 17

Clemson 21, Florida State 13

Kansas State 28, TCU 27

Wake Forest 34, Duke 23

UTEP 36, Florida Atlantic 20

Oklahoma State 37, Kansas 21

Auburn 36, Ole Miss 35

Kentucky 34, Mississippi State 24

SMU 34, Houston 31

Ohio State 37, Penn State 27

Notre Dame 31, North Carolina 28

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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.