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That wasn’t good, was it? But despite the Game One meltdown, I still think the Astros will be OK. But they’d better start being OK Saturday night. Houston simply cannot win a World Series Game One (look it up) and JV can’t win a WS game, period. That was a Friday night reality check. The Phillies aren’t just hot, they’re very tough and very good.

Eric Burton declared War on the National Anthem prior to Game One. If you get that reference and deliberate play on words, great.  If not, I just made myself smile, which ultimately is all this blog is about. That brother spilled some lyrical wine.

No, I have no idea why the Spurs abruptly waived 2021 lottery pick Joshua Primo. I’m content to wait to find out until everybody else does. Didn’t seem to bother SA very much Friday night. That was another good win, this time over the Bulls.

Raise your hand if you would be perfectly happy to never hear the name “Kyrie Irving” again.

Zeke almost certainly will not play against the Bears. Good move. I’m actually relieved that his hyperextended knee isn’t worse. That looked gruesome on that play against the Lions. Let him rest all the way through next week’s bye. Get him well. Tony P will get the job done, and more.

No Deebo for the ‘Niners Sunday against the Rams. Hammy. That’s good news for
L.A.  Deebo is a habitual Ram-killer.

The Broncos reportedly are considering trading stud LB Bradley Chubb. Further evidence that the Broncos suffer from altitude-induced oxygen deprivation.

The Brady-Gisele thing is just sad. That will be my only comment, now and forever.

So long, Vince Dooley. You were a Coaching God.

Congrats to my beloved Lockhart Lions, who are playoff bound following Friday night’s 61-35 win over Pieper. Ditto to the Uvalde Coyotes and their wonderful head coach Wade Miller.

It’s an October Saturday. Let’s play The Great Game.

Saturday Soothsayer

Ohio State 44 Penn State 21

TCU 41 West Virginia 20

Syracuse 24 Notre Dame 21

Arkansas 31 Auburn 24

Iowa State 27 Oklahoma 24

Rice 31 Charlotte 20

Georgia 37 Florida 17

Oklahoma State 41 Kansas State 38

Tennessee 34 Kentucky 31

Texas Tech 31 Baylor 28

Pittsburgh 27 North Carolina 24

Ole Miss 31 Texas A&M 24

Incarnate Word 44 Texas A&M Commerce 27

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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.