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There was never a doubt. Baker Mayfield is officially the Panthers’ starter. You don’t make the trade for Mayfield unless you plan to start him. Baker vs. the Browns on September 11. Yeah, I think that will hold my attention.

Giants rookie pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux caught a break. He’s only going to miss 3-4 weeks with a right MCL sprain. That still makes him questionable at best for the G-men’s opener against the Titans. Thibs was hurt when he was legally cut-blocked by Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss Sunday night. The rook needs to learn to get his hands down. He will.

So Brady’s back. Believe it or not, I sorta get it. You know Number 12 was sleeping on the couch for awhile after he unretired. Maybe the family had scheduled that big vacation while he was briefly retired. Canceling that was not an option. I think it’s enlightened that the Bucs understood, not that they really had a choice.

There’s no cheaper sports reporting trick than ranking quarterbacks. We all know it’s bullshit, but it’s irresistible bullshit. Yeah, I read ESPN’s rankings in different categories. Of course I did. Like I said, I’m a guy so I can’t help it.

Here’s their stuff vs. mine

                                          ESPN                 Coachie

Arm Strength                   Josh Allen            Justin Herbert

Field vision                      Tom Brady           Aaron Rodgers

Toughness                      Josh Allen            Matthew Stafford

Accuracy                          Aaron Rodgers    Aaron Rodgers

Touch                               Aaron Rodgers    Aaron Rodgers

Mechanics                        Tom Brady           Tom Brady

Decision making               Aaron Rodgers     Aaron Rodgers

Leadership                        Tom Brady           Joe Burrow (you heard me)

Pocket presence                Tom Brady           Tom Brady

Scrambling                         Lamar Jackson     Josh Allen

Designed runs                    Lamar Jackson     Lamar Jackson

Creativity                            Patrick Mahomes  Patrick Mahomes

Just call me Cheap Trick. I want you to want me…

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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.