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The Chargers have to be kicking themselves. They were in complete control of that game in the first half, yet led only 17-14 at intermission. KC then ran off 13 unanswered points to take a 10-point lead.

That 99-yard interception return by rookie Jaylen Watson that gave the Chiefs their first lead at 24-17? Herbert will get most of the public blame, but that was on the Chargers’ play-side receivers, who had bad spacing and made poor leverage adjustments vs. coverage.

Herbert later got drilled in the ribcage and had postgame X-rays taken. We’ll know more today.

Cooper Rush says the Cowboys are “ready to roll” Sunday against the Bengals. So I guess that settles it.

Looks like Giants edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeux really will be ready to roll vs. the Panthers as he continues his recovery from that pre-season knee sprain.

My initial impression? That Amazon Thursday Night Football outfit is not quite ready for prime time. There were some positives, starting with the fact that I was actually able to find the game. (OK, BB helped me some.) Michaels and Herbstreit were largely quite good together. I would have expected nothing else. And Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Gonzalez and Richard Sherman brought some fizz to the party. But the audio levels were messed up pretty much all night long. Some of the highly-touted bells and whistles fell flat. Panel host Charissa Thompson contributed exactly nothing, was clearly uncomfortable and completely out of tune, key and tone with her fellow commentators. But I’m a charitable grader. We’ll just write INC for “incomplete” on Amazon’s initial report card until they work out the kinks, which they will.

The Roadrunners may be catching Texas at exactly the right time. The Longhorns and their fans are still giddy and basking in the glory of having lost a football game. You think I’m kidding?

There is no college football coach in America who will be feeling more pressure Saturday than Jimbo Fisher. And Miami is absolutely good enough to win that game, despite the absence of the Hurricanes’ injured leading receiver, Xavier Restrepo.

Attention Astros fans. Houston ace Justin Verlander will make his first start in almost three weeks tonight against the A’s. JV says his calf strain is ok. Let’s hope so.

Finally, nothing but love, respect and admiration for Roger Federer. A true sportsman. Well done, Good Sir.

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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.