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Just a hunch, and a highly partisan one at that, but I think it will be the Astros’ turn to get a come-from-behind win in Game Three tonight in Philly. With those Phanatical Fans in the stands and Sydergaard on the mound, the Phils may well get off to a hot start. But the ‘Stros will have the last word.

My first thought when I saw the Cowboys and Bears line up for Sunday’s opening kickoff was, “Are you kidding? Both of these teams have iconic uniforms. And they have both chosen not to wear them.” (Not a fan of the Bears’ orange helmets and jerseys, and I’ll never be a fan of those dingy and cheap looking Dallas blue jerseys, especially when they wear them voluntarily.)

OK, but my second thought quickly became, “The Cowboys are legit,” after they took the opening kickoff and drove it down for a quick seven. And then followed that with three more scores on their next three possessions.

The ‘Boys are 6-2. They don’t have many holes. That’s at least a top-three defense. The offensive line is gelling. Pollard is a neutron bomb. The bye week is coming at exactly the right time, as it will give both Zeke and Parsons a chance to get healthy. 

I’ll have a better read on where the Cowboys stand after they visit the Vikings three weeks from now. “Don’t overlook the Packers first,” you say?  Whatever. Although Green Bay rookie WR Samori Toure is starting to “get it.”

The Bears?  Justin Fields is a truly phenomenal athlete. And now he is at least starting to learn how to play quarterback. Although he should probably consider bothering to touch down opponents who recover his team’s fumbles.

Of course Derrick Henry ran for 200-plus yards. He does that a lot. And he seemingly does that every time he plays the Texans.

Hey, we all love our team above all others. But can we admit we’re all a little envious of Bills Mafia? “I’ll have what they’re having.” Along with Chiefs Nation, that’s the best and most lovable fan base in the NFL.

There is no truth to the rumor that Christian McCaffrey also drove the Niners’ team bus to the airport after (yet another) thumping of the Rams. Dude ran for a TD, caught a TD pass, and threw a TD pass. Imagine how good he’ll be after he learns the remaining 90 percent of the playbook. And imagine how good SF is going to be after that defense and Deebo get healthy. Beware.

The Jets really blew an opportunity. The Giants? Water will find its level. The Giants are good, but not great.

You want great, or at least a great job? Look up, “Carroll, Pete.” The Seahawks have been the league’s most pleasant surprise. And Geno is everything you would want in a leader.

Yes, I will give Russell Wilson some credit. He made a couple of really big plays late in that game across the pond.

As a result, Jacksonville sinks to 2-6. And the Jags could easily…easily…be 6-2.

Anyone who thinks J.J.Watt was mocking former Viking great Jared Allen by replicating Allen’s classic, “Rope ‘em up” sack dance is a moron. J.J. was paying tribute to Allen, who was in the stands in Minneapolis after being inducted into the Vikings’ Ring of Honor. Jeez…

Jimbo called Kiffin a clown in the offseason. Who’s wearing the red nose and the floppy shoes now?

Georgia and Tennessee are now 1-2 in the AP Poll. What? You mean they play each other Saturday? That does not suck. Yeah. I’ll prolly watch that instead of

American sports are often a microcosm of American culture. This tidal wave of anti-Semitism is an alarming case in point. I’m telling you friends, this is getting scary, and completely reflective of the neo-fascism that threatens our country.

So Michigan State has suspended four players who were in the middle of that Saturday night stadium tunnel assault of a Michigan player. Sparty ought to cancel the remainder of its football season. I’m not kidding. Shameful. “Lack of institutional control.”

You didn’t really think I was going to leave this daily space without first ripping Panthers’ WR D.J. Moore a new one, did you?  You want a mug shot of the Proverbial Selfish Modern Athlete”? Go to the Panthers’ website and hit the roster tab. Make a great play to give your team a chance to win a big divisional game. Then turn into a preening jackass and KEEP your team from winning a big divisional game. Keep your helmet on, man. You ain’t that good-looking dude.

Happy Halloween. I’m going as a cranky old man.

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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.