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Wayta go, Rory McIlroy. You are not only a great champion. You are a great sportsman and a wonderful advocate and ambassador for the PGA Tour. That was a perfect ending to the season.

TPIO—The Preseason is Over. So you and I will be spared from that stuff for the next 49 weeks.

Unfortunately, the preseason did not end soon enough for the Steelers, who saw both receiver Diontae Johnson (shoulder) and pass-rushing ace T.J. Watt (knee) leave Sunday’s 19-9 preseason win over the Lions. Tomlin says he’s optimistic both will be good to go in the opener against the Bengals.

Yes. The Texans finished the preseason 3-0. So did the Bears. So did the Jets. And how’s this for strange? The Jets look good. And fresh. And exciting. And dynamic. And fun.  The Jets. WTH?

Wishing all the best to Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson, who suffered multiple but non-life threatening gunshot wounds Sunday evening in what appears to have been a robbery or attempted carjacking. Robinson was the Commanders’ third-round draft pick out of Alabama, and had been getting reps with the first team offense.

Astros ace Justin Verlander was cruising. JV had thrown three shutout innings against the Orioles, striking out six including three in the first inning, when he had to leave the game with discomfort in his right calf. For now, I’ll go with what manager Dusty Baker said after Houston’s 3-1 win: “I’m just glad it wasn’t his arm.” Let’s see where we go from here.

Yes, major league baseball players make a lot of money. But minor leaguers frequently get treated like dirt. So, yes, bringing minor leaguers into the MLBPA is a good and long-overdue idea. This move could affect 5,000 minor leaguers.

Make it four Little League World Series titles for Hawaii. Those kids won six games in Williamsport by a total score of 60-5, capped off by beating Curacao 13-3 on Sunday.

Finally, let’s go, Serena! Give ‘em something to talk about…

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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.