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We ain’t afraid of no Jankees…

Totals of four hits, eight baserunners and 20 Ks in Game One of the NLCS. Solo homers by Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber (“Damn, anything that flies that far oughta have a damn stewardess on it, doncha think?”) provided the game’s only runs.

The start of the NBA season is like a “soft opening” of a new strip-mall taco bar. Nobody notices for four months or so. I start paying attention the day after Valentine’s.

Lil’ Abner and Kraft got into it at the meeting? Hell, I’da paid a premium ticket price to see and hear that!  And apparently Jerrah has The Jolly Roger in his crosshairs. But at least at the moment Goodell has the other 31 owners in his corner.

This is just an off-the-cuff, seat of the pants inkling. I’ll betcha a cheeseburger that Taylor Heinicke will step as the Commanders’ QB and do a good job in place of the injured Carson Wentz. Washington may even beat the Packers this weekend, not that beating the Packers is currently all that big a deal. Heinicke could also preserve Ron Rivera’s job, at least for now.

Now we’ll see how much longer Dan Snyder has a franchise. “Not very much longer” would be a great answer. That seems to be the position of Colts owner Jim Irsay.

I’ve made my share of football “kicker” jokes over the years. Yes, I am ashamed. Yes, I am renouncing kicker jokes. No, I won’t do it again. Not a after watching the Chargers’ Dustin Hopkins Monday night. Holy guacamole, that’s a tough dude. All respect. He fought off stabbing leg pain to kick four field goals, including the gamer in OT to lift his team over the Broncos. Now he’s going to miss 2-4 weeks. That’s an hombre.

Brady publicly likened playing an NFL season with military deployment. That was most unfortunate, 12. He seems completely disoriented right now. It’s pretty clear that he has stayed too long at the dance.

The Browns and the NFL wondered if there was more stuff out there about Watson. The answer, apparently, is “yes.”

Nebraska A.D. Trev Alberts says all Scott Frost had to do to keep his job, get an extension and have his salary restored to $5 million was have the ‘Huskers show a little improvement, go 6-6 and play in a bowl game. Frost didn’t make it out of September.

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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.