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One of the reasons we are fascinated by sports is that things can change so completely and so quickly.  The 111-win Dodgers are on the brink of elimination. The Yankees are nervous. Aaron Judge has suddenly gone from Legend to Legume. Yup. Things are ch-ch-ch-ch-changin’…

Don’t sleep on the Guardians. My buddy Terry Francona will smile at you right before he rips your aorta out. That dude knows baseball.

Mr. Lance McCullers Jr., he of the 12-6 curveball, gets the ball today for my Astros. Hook ‘em, Lance!

Taking a quiet moment to remember Bruce Sutter. I got to know him pretty well during our mutual time in St. Louis in the 80s. Fierce competitor. Gentle man. Gone too soon at 69.

I deeply love doing college and high school football play-by-play on tv and/or radio. I’m fortunate that I still have lots of opportunities, and my plate is pretty full. But I have an open weekend, and it could not come at a better time. I’m gonna kick back and watch OTHER people work. I’m a big fan of other play-by-play dudes and dudettes. I learn from all of them.

Today’s college football schedule has been described as the best lineup of games in 20 years. At first I thought that was hyperbole. Then I actually thought about it. Tennessee-Alabama. Michigan-Penn State. TCU-Oklahoma State. Yep. Sure enough. This is the most attractive regular season Saturday in two decades. Don’t mind if I do…

Scroll down to get my Saturday picks.

Seven days after wasting Au Jus, the Longhorns wouldn’t lay an egg today against Iowa State, would they?

Nice job of taking care of business Friday night by the now 5-2 UTSA Roadrunners.

Do you get the feeling that this Dan Snyder thing could produce nuclear Armageddon in the NFL? There are some nervous people out there.

WTH is up with my coffee maker? It’s making some ominous noises. Don’t fail me now! 5:23 a.m. is no time to disconnect my caffeine IV.

Brady gets fined 11-large for trying to kick Falcons DE Grady Jarrett. TB-12 is actually a serial offender. He was fined 10-Gs for attempting to kick former Ravens safety Ed Reed back in 2013. Keep your feet to yourself, man…

It was just a couple of days ago that I was wondering what had happened in that offseason assault charge against Saints RB Alvin Kamara. And there it is this morning. The man Kamara allegedly beat the hell out of outside a Vegas nightclub is now suing the hell out of Kamara. That’s often the way these things work.

Speaking of the Saints, Andy Dalton will start at QB Sunday against the Bengals in place of the injured Jameis Winston. Dalton, you know, is pretty familiar with the Bengals.

OK. I can’t put it off any longer.

Paul’s Peerless Picks

Michigan 27 Penn State 24

Kansas 32 Au Jus 27

N.C. State 38 Syracuse 27

Arkansas 31 BYU 28

Rice 28 Florida Atlantic 21

Troy 37 Texas State 24

Utah 37 USC 30

Kentucky 34 Mississippi State 31

Notre Dame 38 Stanford 24

Texas 34 Iowa State 28

Tennessee 31 Alabama 28 (You heard me.)

Oklahoma State 37 TCU 35

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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.