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You think Brady is gonna show up Monday? This is weird. I admit I am curious.

Since the sport of football carries a 100 percent injury rate, the backup quarterback is among the most important players on any NFL team. Based on what we saw Sunday, the Browns, Eagles and Ravens ought to feel pretty good. Cleveland’s Joshua Dobbs and Philly’s Gardner Minshew were both outstanding in the Eagles’ 21-20 preseason win over the Browns. Dobbs ran for a touchdown and led four scoring drives. Minshew looked to be in complete control in engineering two long TD drives.

Dobbs is now a lock to be the Browns’ backup behind Jacoby Brissett while Deshaun Watson serves his eleven-game suspension. Dobbs has clearly beaten out Josh Rosen for that number two slot. That may spell the end of the NFL road for Rosen, a former first round draft pick.

But the most valuable backup quarterback in the NFL has to be Baltimore’s Tyler Huntley. Hear me out on this. It’s critically important that a backup be able to run the same offense as the starter does. That’s really difficult in Baltimore, because the Ravens’ offense is different than any of the other 31 NFL teams because of the unique skills (and limitations) of Lamar Jackson. Huntley is almost as dynamic a runner as Jackson, and the truth is he is a much better passer. Sunday night in Arizona, Huntley was 13-14 for 129 yards and a TD in the Ravens’ 24-17 win over the Cardinals. If you care, no, I wasn’t crazy about either the Cards’ black helmets or black jerseys.

Wishing the best for Giants rookie pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, who suffered a scary-looking right knee injury Sunday night when he was (legally) cut-blocked by Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss. Thibodeaux says he’s going to be ok, but Monday’s scheduled MRI will tell the tale.

New Texas Tech head football coach Joey McGuire has named senior Tyler Shough as the Red Raiders’ starting QB. Shough was the starter last year until his season ended with a broken collarbone against Texas.

Meantime, Patrick Mahomes is going into the Texas Tech Ring of Honor. I would certainly hope so.

After completely embarrassing himself in his ill-fated stint as an NFL coach, Urban Meyer is returning to Fox Sports as a college football studio analyst. Why?

That was a nice “save” by the Astros Sunday in avoiding a three-game series sweep in Atlanta. Kyle Tucker singled in Yordan Alvarez with the go-ahead run in the 8th in a 5-4 win. Houston finishes its road trip below .500 at 3-4, the first time that has happened all season.

Golfer Patrick Cantlay wins Sunday’s Sports Mental Toughness Award. He was nails under intense pressure in finishing birdie-par on his way to a 69 that clinched his second straight BMW Championship. Cantlay became the first repeat winner in any of the playoff events since the FedEx Championship series was established in 2007. He’ll be the number two seed in this week’s championship finale in Atlanta behind Scottie Scheffler.

A fond farewell and a tip of the visor to Tom Weiskopf.

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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.