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Aaron Judge is going to have a hard time today topping his Friday. He first hit his 40th homer, later smacked a grand slam for 41, and also reached over the right field fence to rob the Royals’ MJ Melendez of a homer. Judge finished that 11-5 NY victory with six RBIs, and has now hit eight homers and driven in 19 runs since the All-Star break.

But he’s a Yankee. So he can go pound sand. Nice win by the Astros over the Mariners as Verlander gets his MLB leading 14th win and Yordan rips his 30th homer.

Free agency funny business by the Sixers?  This could cost Philly draft choices as well as a huge fine, and team president Daryl Morey could get suspended. Looks like the team jumped the gun in contacting James Hardy, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House. Bad Sixers!

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliakoff wants to expand the CFP. Of course he does. Expanding the playoff to, say, 64 teams is the only way a Pac-12 school could get in.

I love NFL training camps. That’s probably because I’m a fan and not a player. But I do have to roll my eyes every time I see a news bulletin when a starting QB throws a pick in 7-on-7.

No, Kyler Murray is not being jammed because he’s a Black quarterback. He’s being jammed because he’s an immature knucklehead. Toddler Murray.

I was always a huge fan of Jared Allen. He always struck me as a “throwback,” and throwbacks like me like throwbacks. I smiled when I learned the Vikings surprised him with the news he will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in October.

What y’all know about these “Guardian Caps” offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers are having to wear at training camps? They fit over helmets and have proved to greatly reduce impact to the head. Those position groups have to wear them at practice until the second preseason game. Headgear technology is never going to eliminate concussions, but this is an interesting idea.

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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.