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Chiefs-Chargers Rewind! I’m in! And we get the debut of the new Thursday Night Amazon Prime tv package. Assuming I can work the remote properly, that is. Michaels and Herbstreit. Interesting. If you’re not excited to see Mahomes and Herbert mix it up again, you don’t like boys tackle football.

The Chiefs will be without injured kicker Harrison Butker. That’s a big deal. The Chargers will be without injured WR Keenan Allen. That may prove to be a bigger deal. Yes, I’m taking the Chiefs at home on a short week. You think I’m crazy?

Aaron Rodgers is sounding very patient with his young and unpolished receivers. Yeah, give that about two weeks…

I’m a stats and numbers guy. The numbers are conclusive. Those goofy looking padded Guardian Caps that offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers and tight ends were wearing in training camp? They work. Concussions in those position groups were down 50 percent compared to the previous three-year training camp average. I’m sold.

Keep an eye on this. An “overwhelming majority” of Division I athletic directors at their big annual meeting in Washington reportedly want to keep FBS football under NCAA control. But they say they want the NCAA to essentially get its act together. Mutually exclusive?

Astros sweep the seven-game season series with the Tigers. Houston is 25-8 against AL Central foes this year.

NBA Commish Adam Silver says he didn’t have the authority to take the Phoenix Suns away from owner Robert Sarver. I’m confused. Silver rightly and properly got rid of Donald Sterling in 2014. What’s the difference here? Silver says the league’s investigation concluded that Sarver’s serial use of heinous racial slurs was not motivated by “racial animus”? Huh? Then what the hell was it motivated by? Silver doesn’t turn the ball over very often. But he kicked this one into the stands. This is systemic failure on the part of the NBA.

If you haven’t noticed, baseball is kind of a big thing in St. Louis. Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina made an MLB record-setting 325th start as battery mates Wednesday night. That’s cool. It’s even cooler that it happened at Busch Stadium.

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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.