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“Colby, you live on in our hearts. We will always speak your name.” That was the most  emotional moment of what proved to be another annual wonderful August Saturday in Canton. Bryant Young. Tony Boselli. LeRoy Butler. Richard Seymour. Dick Vermeil. Cliff Branch. Sam Mills. Art McNally. We salute the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2022.

I saw a little bit of the Rams’ training camp practice Saturday on the NFL Network. Matthew Stafford threw the ball well, despite that mysterious and chronic elbow pain. The Rams were also delighted to have cornerback Jalen Ramsey back on the field for the first time since his offseason shoulder surgery.

But nobody was happier Saturday than the Saints. Yeah. That was Michael Thomas taking part in full speed 11 on 11 drills for the first time since the end of the 2020 season. Have I mentioned that the Saints are my “sleeper” team in the NFC?

The Giants’ very thin offensive line just got thinner. Rookie fifth-round draft pick Marcus McKethan is lost for the season with a torn right ACL.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule says he won’t name a starting quarterback until after the second preseason game. OK. I’ll do it for him. It will be Baker Mayfield.

The Cowboys’ defense is getting kinky. They showed one look Saturday in which not one player had a hand on the ground.

Right now three of the Bears’ top four wide receivers are out of action. That will not aid the development of QB Justin Fields.

If the Ravens are to extend their impressive but bizarre string of 20 straight preseason games, they will do so without Lamar Jackson, who will be held out of this week’s match with the Titans.

All the best to Astros manager Dusty Baker, who is battling COVID. Rally time, Dusty! Bench coach Joe Espada is running the show until Baker returns. Houston had won seven straight times in Cleveland dating back to July 31, 2019 until Saturday night’s 4-1 Guardian victory.

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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.