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The Cowboys are hamstrung and their 2022 season is hanging by a thread. Yeah, this is that big a deal. Multiple news sources report that star left tackle Tyron Smith tore his left hamstring at practice on Wednesday and will be out for “months.” That hole in Smith’s ‘string leaves a canyon in the Cowboys’ already disheveled offensive line.

Yes. This is a crisis. This is an emergency. There are some veteran free agent tackles still out there. And the club has some cap space that could enable a trade. But whoever or whatever they end up with ain’t Tyron Smith. And that’s Dak’s blind side.

But look at it this way. Dallas is not going to put receiver Michael Gallup on the PUP as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired left ACL. So there’s a chance Gallup could be available for the opener against the Bucs.

First the good news for the Giants. Veteran WR Sterling Shepard returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he tore his Achilles last December. Now the bad news. Shepard returned on the same day that rookie receiver Collin Johnson was lost for the season with a torn Achilles of his own. That’s a tough break for that former Longhorn.

What’s with this Achilles thing? Even punters are going down. The Colts’ Rigoberto Sanchez’s season is over. Enter Matt Haack, who was cut by the Bills earlier this week.

Retiring NFL linebacker Shaquem Griffin says he’s now going to “Plan A.” He says football was always Plan B, and that he’s grateful for his time in the sport. That’s a beautiful attitude expressed by an inspiring man who played in the National Football League with one hand.

I’m very happy that jury awarded Vanessa Bryant $16 million. I wish it had been $160 million.

Altuve hit a homer to lead off the game last night. Of course he did. It’s what he does. And this one was on the first pitch. Houston went on to deal the Twins their fifth straight loss, 5-3.

Mariners right-hander George Kirby threw 24 consecutive strikes to start Wednesday night’s game against the Nats. Nobody in MLB had done that since 1988. But the shine was dulled by the fact that he gave up five hits in that 24-strike stretch and the M’s wound up losing 3-1.

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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.