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Verlander got off to a very shaky start Wednesday night, throwing 45 pitches in the first two innings. And then he shook the Yankees’ world, finishing with eleven Ks over six innings, allowing only one run and retiring the last eleven batters he faced. Look up “pro.”

Yankee hitters struck out a total of 17 times. Houston hitters fanned only twice. That 15-K single-game differential is the largest in postseason history.

Now, get ‘em again tonight, ‘Stros.

I turned off Game Two of the NLCS after the Phillies jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. Silly me…

Spurs fans need to bring patience and a sense of humor to the AT&T Arena. Hey, we’ve had the sweet. Now’s the time to love on those teenagers.

I can’t imagine many things sadder than the passing of 18-year-old Mississippi State freshman football player Sam Westmoreland. Love and prayers to all. Sam would have turned 19 on Friday.

It occurs to me that, right now, the least respected team in the NFL is the Arizona Cardinals.  “Unprofessional and disorganized” is the universal description by league
GMs and experienced media analysts. And that franchise is not doing itself any favors by being the focus of “Hard Knocks.” Kingsbury is in genuine trouble.

I don’t know what to make of this. But the last time an Alabama road loss did not prompt celebrating home fans to rush the field was 12 years ago at LSU. So, yeah, there are going to be problems. Get it together, SEC.

Nothing but respect for the football legacy left by Charley Trippi, who died Wednesday at the age of 100. A case could be made that he was the most versatile college player ever during his days at Georgia. And don’t forget, he quarterbacked the (Chicago) Cardinals to that franchise’s last NFL championship. That was in 1947. Seventy-five years ago. Mr. Trippi was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. He concluded his speech by saying, “I’m glad I played football.” All of us who love football are glad that he played football, too.

:Look, it’s obvious that Brady is going through a difficult time and has made some mistakes. His recent statement that he likens the start of an NFL season to “military deployment” was particularly tone-deaf. But folks are making way too much of 12’s chewing out of his offensive line on the sideline during last Sunday’s loss to the Steelers. Yes, he dropped some F-bombs. I’m pretty sure his teammates were not hearing the word for the first time. They’ll be OK.

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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.