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Matt Araiza had to go. It was both warranted and wise for the Bills to act swiftly.

Similarly, BYU wasted no time in issuing a lifetime ban to a fan who yelled a racial slur at a Black volleyball player from Duke during a match Friday night. Zero tolerance.

Golf’s Uncivil War is escalating. We can add Open Championship winner Cameron Smith and Harold Varner III to the list of luminaries who are defecting to the Murderous Saudi Blood Money Sportswashing Tour. Bye.

Brady says he’s ready to go. Yeah, that 11-day absence was weird. But it’s also none of my or our business. Twelve looked OK Saturday night in his brief pre-season finale stint against the Colts.

Put this in ink. But not on your leg. Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman has been placed on the 15-day injured list with what is described as a “pretty bad infection” in his leg resulting from a recent tattoo. Baseball.

Somebody spent $12.6 million on a baseball card. I don’t get it. Even if it is a Mickey Mantle card.

Auburn A.D. Allen Greene is stepping away. Here’s hoping War Eagle football coach Bryan Harsin has a Plan B as well.

This is not a second guess. I was screaming at the tv in real time Saturday afternoon when soon-to-be ex-Nebraska football coach Scott Frost called an onside kick after his team had scored a touchdown to take an 11-point lead over Northwestern. It blew up in his face, as did the game, as will the ‘Huskers’ season. Self-inflicted. The good news is that for a time during the game in Dublin, Ireland, fans were treated to free beer. Cornhusker fans and Wildcat fans drank for different reasons. Nebraska…Nebraska…has now lost seven straight games.

Surprise, surprise. Jimbo has named Haynes King as the Ags’ starting quarterback. Actually, it’s no surprise at all. It is also, IMO, the right decision.

At least Jimbo made up his mind. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh still hasn’t been able to choose between Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy. So Harbaugh is going to have each of those QBs start a game before he decides on a Number One for the rest of the season. That’s no way to run a railroad.

The Astros are trotting out their starter, Verlander, this afternoon in Baltimore. Stop ‘em, J.V.

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Paul's Bio

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.