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It’s September!


Yep, she still has some magic. No way Serena should have been able to win that second-round match Wednesday night. But she did.  TBC.

We really don’t need expansion of the CFP, IMO. But we’re gonna get it, maybe as early as 2024. You could probably talk me into eight teams if you plied me with nachos and beer. But anything beyond eight is absurd.

Aaron Donald has “explained” his helmet-swinging incident in a recent joint practice with the Bengals. “It was just a practice.”  Practice? For what? American Gladiator? I’m glad you cleared all this up, AD.

Sony Michel to the Chargers. Good fit.

Wow. The Raiders waived their 2021 first rounder, former Alabama tackle Alex Leatherwood. That just doesn’t happen. Chicago quickly claimed Leatherwood, but you wonder what the problem was in Vegas. I do know this. Leatherwood was roundly trashed on NFL Sirius XM Radio.

Speaking of NFL Sirius XM Radio (channel 88), their afternoon show with Jim Miller and Pat Kerwin is beyond wonderful. It’s my football “blankie.” Highly recommended.

That was not cool on the part of NFL Network reporter Cynthia Frelund. She said on Monday night’s “Around the NFL” podcast that she recently told Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield to “f— them up,” when Carolina faces the Browns in the opener. She said that Mayfield then echoed, “f— them up.” Much ado about nothing has ensued, of course, and Mayfield denies saying it. But Frelund should have kept her mouth shut.

Just-released Broncos punter Sam Martin was picked up by the Bills to succeed the disgraced Matt Araiza.

Hoping 77-year-old White Sox manager Tony La Russa is ok. He’s out “indefinitely” for undisclosed medical reasons.

The Astros beat the Rangers Wednesday. That’s not news. Here’s news. It looks like Verlander is going to be ok following that right calf strain last weekend. Should be 100 percent by mid-month. The ‘Stros are 84-47, matching their best-ever record after 131 games.

It’s September!


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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.