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Okay, Mariners. Say bye to your 14-game winning streak. The Astros put a stop to that Friday night in Houston, 5-2. The ‘Stros are 3-0 following the All-Star break.

What’s more notable?  Somebody hitting an inside-the-park grand slam or a team scoring 28 runs? Yep, the Jays apparently threw four TD passes in a 28-5 rout of the Saux in Baahstan, including that salami by Raimel Tapia.  Every Jays starter had at least two hits.

Is Sydney McLaughlin the world’s greatest athlete?  She would have a case, don’t you think? She’s now set the world record in the women’s 400m hurdles four times in the last 13 months, most recently Friday at the world championships in Eugene. McLaughlin clocked 50.68, shaving a ridiculous 0.73 seconds off her previous mark.

Maybe the very best thing the Tennessee Vols have going for them is that Jeremy Pruiitt is no longer their head football coach. They whacked him in January of 2021 for a lengthy list of what now turns out to be 18 NCAA violations involving $60,000 in illegal benefits. Pruitt had a $12.6 million buyout in his contract, but the university fired him for cause and says it has no plans to pay him.

Vince McMahon retiring as chairman of the WWE?  Hmm. Impacts my life not at all.

I’m flatly not a fan of Kyler Murray, either as a teammate or a quarterback. The Cardinals just bought $230 million worth of trouble.

But I am a fan of Derek Carr. He was a mensch last season in dealing with all of the Raiders’ off-field crises. That’s a leader.

‘Bout time to get this Deshaun Watson thing decided, in my view. With his season cloaked in uncertainty, he showed up at the Browns’ training camp Friday along with the team’s other quarterbacks. I think it will be a travesty if he gets less than a full year’s suspension. Keep that wing warm, Jacoby Brissett.

The whole NFL “alt helmet” thing?  Meh. But that white bonnet the Bengals are going to break out at least once this season is sweet. I’m way less enthusiastic about the white headgear the Cowboys are going to wear against the Giants on Thanksgiving.

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of former Chiefs’ OLB Jim Lynch, who died Thursday of undisclosed causes at the age of 76. Lynch was a stud on those great Chiefs teams in the late 60s and early 70s, including the Super Bowl IV champions. When I think about classic NFL 4-3 linebacking corps, I rank K.C.’s trio of Lynch, Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier behind only the Steelers’ trifecta of Lambert, Russell and Ham. Yeah, and Jordan, Howley and Edwards weren’t too shabby, either.

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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.