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If it seems like we’ve waited almost a week for Game One of the World Series, it’s because we’ve waited almost a week for Game One of the World Series. Yes, I know there are logistical scheduling considerations, and I know the lengthy break gives both teams time to line up their pitching rotations. But it also interrupts the sport’s natural flow and can lead to “rust” on baseball’s biggest stage. Let’s play already!

Not to be a buzz-kill, fellow Astros fans. But tonight could be Verlander’s final home start as a member of the ‘Stros. He can become a free agent in a couple of weeks.

With a 90 percent chance of rain in the Houston Friday evening forecast, the roof will be closed tonight at Minute Maid. It will likely stay shut for Game Two on Saturday.

There are no American-born Black players on either the Astros or the Phillies. That makes me sad.

Watching the Ravens’ running game pave the Bucs was stunning. Tampa Bay’s run defense, once a fortress, is now a tiki hut. Like I said, stunning.

The Bucs are 3-5. And it’s legit. That team is lifeless. Tampa’s defense has not forced a turnover in four straight games. And now it looks like they’ve lost Shaq Barrett for the season with a torn Achilles.

You know what team has reason to smile? The Atlanta Falcons. You heard me. Those Birds are 3-4, and currently in first place in the NFC South. And they have some talent. And they get to play Carolina Sunday…

How badly will the Bills beat the Packers Sunday night in Buffalo? As badly as they choose to. Green Bay is a mess.

In recent weeks the Bengals have started to emerge as the third-best team in the AFC, behind Buffalo and Kansas City. That progress may be stalled a bit while WR Ja’Marr Chase recovers from a hip injury (4-6 weeks), but Cincy’s strength is its defense. The Stripes have not allowed a second-half touchdown all season.

Cooper Kupp says all NFL games should be played on grass.  And?…

Newly-acquired 49ers’ RB Christian McCaffrey is from the Bay Area, grew up a ‘Niners fan and played his college ball at Stanford. So, he’s all smiles, right? Well, yeah, except he says he takes it personally that the Panthers were willing to trade him. That’s just the way the mind of an elite athlete works. You gotta find something to be edgy about. I get it.

Speaking of the Panthers, both Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold are buried on the Carolina QB depth chart behind…P.J. Walker. Mayfield is playing out the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Wonder where his next contract is coming from.

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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.