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That’s the best starting pitching matchup of the season—maybe the last several seasons—tonight in Chicago as the Astros’ Justin Verlander faces off with White Sox ace Dylan Cease. They rank first and second in AL ERA, with Verlander at 1.85 and Cease just a tick behind at 1.96. Cy Young will be in attendance.

The Dodgers are really good. But their starting pitching staff is leaking oil. Clayton Kershaw has been out for a couple of weeks with lower back trouble. And Monday came word that Walter Buehler needs season-ending elbow surgery.

Tiger Woods as statesman? He’s trying to rally the PGA Tour troops against the Murderous Saudi Blood Money Sportswashing Tour. He is doing so with my blessing.

I think it’s likely that the 80-game PED suspension given Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was the result of sloppiness rather than sinister intent. It does appear that the banned substance clostebol was an ingredient in the ringworm medication he had taken. OK. Doesn’t matter. Players are responsible for knowing what they put in their bodies. End of story.

New Au Jus head football coach Brent Venables isn’t ducking the challenges facing his program. Those players were blindsided when Lincoln Riley headed to Hollywood, and then earholed again when longtime assistant coach Cale Gundy was fired for repeatedly reading aloud a racial epithet during a video session. Venables appears to be doing a nice job of supporting his players while not allowing them to get distracted.

I have a lot of respect for Bears linebacker Roquan Smith, as a player and a person. But I hope he is not messing up big-time by trying to hire a non-NFLPA certified agent. Nothing good can come of that.

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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.