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After a fast start followed by a steep slump, the Astros are surging again. Houston finished off a sweep of the Mariners with a 7-2 Wednesday matinee victory. After missing almost two years with arm miseries including Tommy John surgery, Justin Verlander looked a lot like the JV of old. Verlander is 3-1 in five starts with an ERA of 1.93.

Warning. If you haven’t seen the video of Jose Altuve fouling a ball off his groin, don’t. You can afford to miss that. (Looks like ‘Tuve is gonna be okay.)

I’m not big on NFL regular season games played outside the U.S.  Seahawks vs. Bucs on November 13 is an attractive game. I don’t want to see it affected by jet lag, kartoffel botulism, lederhosen panic attacks or a playing field that needs baling.  Munich? I am not in accord.

Good intentions are not enough. The NFL will hold a seminar for 64 minority prospective head coaching and general manager candidates May 23-24 in Atlanta. Let’s all sing, “Getting to know you…getting to know all about you..”  This appears to be poorly planned, poorly organized, undefined, nebulous in its goals and objectives, reactionary, defensive, p.r.-driven, deflective and self-congratulatory. Look, I’m ALL FOR minority hiring. But I’m not sure how this circus will help. And think about this. Who is going to construct this list of 64 candidates? And based on what? This is going to be like Selection Sunday for the NCAA basketball tournament.  Lotsa folks are going to be left out. And those lotsa folks are gonna be pissed. And many of them will have every right to be pissed.  And litigious. This could be disastrous “bracketology” for the NFL.

Hey, Cowboy fans. Objects growing larger in your rear-view mirror are Eagles. That is going to be a nasty, nasty flock. You can see this coming, if you’re paying attention.

Both Heat-Sixers and Suns-Mavs are gonna be short series. Let’s just get those over with.

It’s Thursday. That means it’s the day that the Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks is gonna get suspended for his filthy play that resulted in a broken elbow for the Warriors’ Gary Payton II. Is a 15-year suspension considered excessive under the CBA?

Payton is going to miss at least a month, meaning he will play again this postseason only if Golden State makes it to the Finals. The aggravation for NBA fans is that the absence of Payton and Brooks will significantly impact what is otherwise a sensational series between the Grizz and the Warriors.

Radially Rational has exclusively obtained a transcript of discussions among big-time conference commissioners and athletic directors regarding NIL and transfer portal crises.

Sam: “So wuddya think we should do, Harry?”

Harry: “I don’t know, Sam. Looks to me like we’re just fucked. I’m thinking about going into crypto.”

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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.