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That turned out to be all countdown and no launch Tuesday night in Chicago. That uber-anticipated pitching matchup between Justin Verlander and Dylan Cease? Never mind. They were both “meh.” But the Sox wound up beating the Astros 4-3 to post their fifth straight win and move within a game of the Guardians for first place in the AL Central.

Aaron Rodgers had been using the “carrot” to encourage his young and raw receiving corps, praising them and “coaching ‘em up.” That is until Tuesday, when he went to the “stick” and his very public message became, “You children better stop dropping the ball,” something they did frequently in Tuesday’s joint practice with the Saints. I’m fine with Rodgers laying down the law. What good are receivers who don’t receive? Yeah. My backside can be pretty hard about stuff like that.

This currently looks like a Golf Duel to the Death between the PGA Tour and the Murderous Saudi Blood Money Sportswashing Tour. Tiger spent three and a half hours Tuesday in Delaware essentially leading a pep rally for the PGA Tour and telling the troops to get their minds right. Tiger can be very persuasive. Let’s see if Cameron Smith defects to the Dark Side, as he reportedly is considering.

This is rich. LIV Golfer Patrick Reed is suing the Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chamblee for defamation. How can anyone possibly damage Patrick Reed’s reputation?

That’s been a hot quarterback battle in Seattle between Geno Smith and Drew Lock. Smith looked like he had the edge when camp started, but Lock has been closing fast in the last week and a half or so. That is, until Tuesday, when Lock tested positive for the ‘Rona. He’ll miss Thursday’s preseason game, a game he was scheduled to start. That’s a tough break.  I do want to note that Lock is fully vaxxed.

I was so hoping that Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler would have a successful reunion with the Patriots, whose bacon he saved seven years ago with that last second goal-line interception to preserve a 28-24 win over the Seahawks. Butler later somehow fell out of favor in New England and didn’t play a snap on defense in a later SB loss to the Eagles. He then moved on to the Titans, and then was out of football in 2021 before being re-signed by the Pats. That would have been a nice story, but it ended Tuesday when he was placed on IR with a hip injury that has ended his season and probably his NFL career.

I’m privileged to serve as the live-stream play-by-play guy for the growing football program at University of the Incarnate Word. My goodness, the Cardinals have two big-time receivers in Taylor Grimes and Darian Chafin. And left tackle Nash Jones may, as they say, “play on Sundays.” Impressive.

It’s time, Serena. Yes, you need to soak up all the love at the upcoming U.S. Open, and we can’t wait to love on you. But it’s time. To your credit, you know that.

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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.