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In a world full of John McEnroes, be a Roger Federer. A huge lifetime and career salute to the Ultimate Sportsman.

If you’re going to reach a baseball milestone, you couldn’t do it wearing a more appreciated uniform than the Bat and Birds. I had the privilege of living and working in St. Louis. That’s the Ultimate Baseball Town. Cardinal fans are as knowledgeable as they are passionate. They will celebrate Albert Pujols’ ascendence into The 700 Club (sorry, too easy) as no other baseball evangelicals would.

I’m an Astros fan. So I don’t have much to bitch about. But I will anyway. Shut out by the Orioles on consecutive nights?

Of course Mike McCarthy had to walk back Lil’ Abner’s “quarterback controversy” inanity. That eye-roller probably made Dak’s thumb throb. I’m not particularly a McCarthy fan, but his boss does him no favors.

This Brady-Rodgers thing Sunday is going to be interesting. Because right now neither of those QB royals has anybody to throw to. (Although Brady’s receiving cupboard may be even more bare than Rodgers’.) What size Dunce Cap does Mike Evans wear?

The situation is so dire that the Bucs have had to seek relief from Cole Beasley. Yes. It has come to that.

Remember Nick Rolovich, the Washington State football coach who got canned for refusing to be vaccinated, as mandated by the state?  I call this Coaching Natural Selection. He’s just not smart enough to be a head coach and entrusted with the well-being of 150 or so young men. Bye.

Mutual desperation usually leads to good NFL matchups. I’ll be watching the Raiders and Titans on Sunday.

Chargers’ QB Justin Herbert practiced Thursday despite his fractured rib cartilage. I said fractured rib cartilage. After practice, he reported “I felt good.”  I’ll take that bet. Herbert will be a gametime decision vs. the Jags.

You’re familiar with the NFL adage that “The best ability is availability”? Pay attention, George Kittle. He is a ginormous talent, but…

Asking for a friend. Can you get a refund on any early NBA wager you placed on the Celtics?

OK. It’s time for Paul’s Peerless (college football Saturday) Picks!

Arkansas 24 Texas A&M 20

Texas 41 Texas Tech 24

UTSA 45 Texas Southern 17

Houston 37 Rice 28

Clemson 31 Wake Forest 21

Baylah (They still nasty!) 34 Iowa State 27

Auburn 21 Missouri 17

TCU 37 SMU 34

Kansas 35 Duke 31 (Hoop it up!)

Tennessee 24 Florida 21

Notre Dame 38 North Carolina 28

Michigan State 27 Minnesota 24

Indiana 34 Cincinnati 31

Oklahoma 38 Kansas State 24

Oregon State 31 USC 30

Washington 27 Stanford 27


Happy Saturday, all!  Now please excuse me. I have to go crash into an asteroid to save humankind…

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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.