09/28/22 Strange Sports Days Indeed! (Most peculiar, Mama…)

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The Yankees and Cardinals clinched their respective divisional championships Tuesday night. Judge is still holding at 60 HRs for the Bombers.

No work or business will be conducted today in St. Louis. I’ll promise you that. Winning baseball titles never gets old in The Gateway City.

Marlins lefthander Richard Bleier balked three times in the same at-bat Tuesday against the Mets. The last time a MLB pitcher managed to do that was 122 years ago. Overachiever!

The good news for the Jets is that starting QB Zach Wilson will probably be able to start Sunday against the Steelers after recovering from that preseason knee surgery. The bad news is that his blindside will likely be protected by a third-string career backup tackle. The Jets are in that fix after having to put three other tackles on IR since the start of training camp.

Sure, Cooper Rush has impressed. But the reason the Cowboys are 2-1 is that defense, which leads the NFL in sacks with 13 after only three games.

And are you paying attention to Lamar Jackson? He has thrown at least three TD passes in each of the Ravens’ games, while adding two rushing touchdowns.

There’s been no lack of excitement in the NFL. Eighteen games have been decided by three points or less. But play has been sloppy and often rusty. And injuries are up. I have to think part of this is that guys are just not ready coming out of camp because of the practice restrictions.

ESPN’s new weekly NFL Power Rankings have the Dolphins on top. They’ve been more than impressive. But right now I’d go with the Eagles. Oh, and the Texans are 32nd. Out of, you know, 32…

I’m just grateful the injuries Myles Garrett suffered in Monday’s one-car crash aren’t more severe. Garrett has an undisclosed shoulder injury and a biceps strain after flipping his Porsche on a wet road. A female passenger was briefly hospitalized with non-threatening injuries. Garrett’s status for the Browns game against the Falcons on Sunday is undetermined. Police say drugs or alcohol were not involved in the accident.

This transfer portal thing in college football is a Brave (Strange) New World. Four-year Boise State starting QB Hank Bachmeier got pissed off over the weekend when BSU fired his offensive coordinator. So he’s going to take his diploma—he has already graduated—elsewhere. And when he decides where elsewhere is, he will have TWO years of eligibility remaining. Oh, by the way. The guy is really good. He will encounter a “seller’s market” for his services.

Give Ian lots of room and lots of respect. South Carolina has moved Saturday’s scheduled game against South Carolina State up to Thursday night to dodge the effects of that monster storm.

Meantime, the Florida Gators have pushed Saturday’s game vs. Eastern Washington back until Sunday.

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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.