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I can’t think of a more wonderful and moving tribute to the late Len Dawson than the one Andy Reid came up with. Prior to their first offensive snap from scrimmage in Thursday night’s home preseason game against the Packers, The Chiefs assembled in the iconic reverse-choir huddle that Lenny and the Super Chiefs used in the Dawson-Stram era. It gave me chills when I saw it. It’s giving me chills again now just to think about it.

Undefeated. OK, at least in their now-completed preseason. I’m talking about your 3-0 Houston Texans, who shut out the 49ers 17-0. Davis Mills threw a TD pass, and the Houston defense really got after ‘Niners QB Trey Lance. Progress.

The Cowboys and their fans will have two words on their minds tonight against the Seahawks. “Tyron” and “Smith.”

That helmet-swinging brawl in Thursday’s joint practice between the Rams and Bengals? C’mon, fellas…

It’s an allegation at this point, but Bills rookie punter Matt Araiza and two other men are accused of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl at a party in 2021. The accused were teammates at San Diego State when the alleged assault took place. The three are accused of rape, gender violence and false imprisonment in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday in a San Diego County court. The Bills and the NFL say they were recently made aware of the allegations, but have declined further comment. The alleged rape took place before Araiza was drafted, so he for now is not subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy. No criminal charges have been filed to date.

And then there’s this. Former heavyweight champion George Foreman faces lawsuits by two women who claim Foreman sexually abused them in the 1970s, when the women were underage. The 73-year-old Foreman has denied the allegations.

The recent trade that brought Trey Mancini from Baltimore to Houston is paying off in spades for the Astros. Mancini homered again as the ‘Stros finished up a three-game sweep of the Twins, 6-3. In 18 games as an Astro, Mancini has smacked six homers and driven in 16 runs.

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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.