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There will be questions. And there should be questions following the head and neck injuries suffered by Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa Thursday night. The facts are not established, and the immediate focus should be Tua’s health. But he was playing on a short week following what was officially diagnosed as a back injury just four days earlier against the Bills, an injury that first appeared to involve his head. The NFLPA then expressed concerns that perhaps the league’s concussion protocol had not been properly followed. Those questions will get louder and more pressing now. And they should. A full investigation is warranted.

Of course, there was also a football game Thursday night. The result is that just as we begin Week Four, the Philadelphia Eagles are the league’s only unbeaten team. And they face a Jacksonville team Sunday that suddenly looks formidable. The league wants parity. The league gets what it wants.

Apparently the league is hell-bent on playing international games as well. Have I mentioned how much I’m not in love with this tired London Drill? I’m sure the Saints and Vikings share that view. Ridiculous.

But Sunday night’s Chiefs-Bucs game is staying in Tampa. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the NFL had considered moving the game to Minneapolis. I have no reason to question the league’s decision in this case.

It’s the final day of September, and the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey has a quad injury. Right on schedule. McCaffrey is a wonderful talent, and I’m throwing him no shade. But the guy just can’t stay on the field. His status for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals is undetermined.

Yes, seeing how joyful Joel Embiid is that he recently became a U.S. citizen should remind us of how fortunate we are as well. Civis Americanus Sum.

Hey, Miles Garrett. You’re a lucky man. Slow the hell down.

I awoke to the news that former Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was one two people killed in an apparent rock climbing accident Thursday near Idyllwild, California. Escobar was 31 and leaves behind a wife and two small children.

Former Baylor football player Samuel Ukwuachu was convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting a female former Baylor soccer player in 2013. After rounds of appeals, the Texas Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco Thursday upheld Ukwuachu’s conviction, saying it found “no reversible error” in his 2015 trial. Finally, closure for the victim.

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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.