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OK, as Cowboy fans, let’s stay in our shoes, even as KaVonte Turpin is juking opponents out of theirs. But he clearly has the ability to be at least a special teams difference maker. That 98-yard kickoff return TD against the Chargers was nice. The 86-yard punt return to the House was then at least as impressive. If you think that a guy returning a kickoff and a punt for TDs in the same game is rare, you are correct. That was the first time anyone had done that in any NFL game—preseason, regular seasonor postseason—in nine years. If the name KaVonte Turpin rings a faint recent bell, it may be because he was the USFL’s MVP in their just-completed season as a member of the New Jersey Generals. Or maybe you recall the six special teams TDs he scored at TCU before he was booted off the team following an assault charge, the second on his record.  Yeah. There’s that.

That’s it in 2022 for Panthers rookie QB Matt Corral. Torn ligament in his left foot. Here’s what that means for Carolina in the short run. If they harbored any thoughts of moving Corral into the number two QB slot behind Baker Mayfield, and then trading Sam Darnold, that’s over now.

A tense truce has been struck between the Bears and star linebacker Roquan Smith, who has ended his hold-in and decided to play out the final year of his rookie contract for $9.7 million. This friction is unfortunate, because Smith is a hellacious player and Bears fans love him.

What a brutal loss for the Astros Saturday night in Atlanta. Houston carried a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 11th. But a completely accidental check-swing double by the Braves’ Matt Olsen against an overshifted defense drove in the tying run. Pinch hitter Travis d’Arnaud then drove in the winner. Ouch. The ‘Stros will try to avoid a sweep in Sunday’s series finale. The Bravos have won eleven of their last twelve.

Do you think Brady will be back in the Buccaneers’ camp tomorrow? Inquiring minds want to know.

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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.