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That’s Cy Young Number Three for Verlander, and it was unanimous this time. Richly deserved, as he returned to the mound after missing almost two seasons following Tommy John surgery. “Richly” also describes Verlander’s position as he enters free agency. While he has not ruled out returning to the Astros, he sounds “already gone” to me.

QB Roundup

Baker Mayfield gets the start for the Panthers Sunday against the Ravens. That won’t go well. Sam Darnold will no doubt get another chance before the end of the season. No telling where either of those guys will be or what they will be doing next year.

“I feel good.” No, the author of that quote is not James Brown, but rather Kyler Murray. Still, Murray says he’s questionable for Monday night’s game against the 49ers in Mexico City because of his injured hamstring. Murray’s backup, Colt McCoy, is also gimping with a banged-up left knee and a sore hammy. Whoever Arizona trots out at QB will not have tight end Zach Ertz to throw to. Ertz is lost for the season after suffering a knee injury that will require surgery.

Matthew Stafford is expected to clear concussion protocol and will start for the Rams Sunday versus the Saints. New Orleans will stick with Andy Dalton after considering reinstating Jameis Winston as their starter.

Taylor Heinicke gets another start for the Commanders against the Texans. Carson Wentz is still not practicing as he recovers from a broken finger on his throwing hand. Washington head coach Ron Rivera says he is still not sure if defensive end Chase Young will be activated. Young is coming off ACL surgery and has not played this season.

I’m interested to see how the Packers play in a short-week game tonight against Tennessee. My guess is that they will get rolled, even though the Titans have been ravaged by injuries to multiple starters.

The Raiders are beyond dysfunctional. But don’t you know the Broncos are nervous about playing them Sunday in Denver?  The Broncos are bad enough to lose that one.

Oh, joy. Kyrie Irving may rejoin the Nets as soon as Sunday. What a vile human being.

No. I will not pronounce Qatar “Cutter.” Actually, I don’t plan to pronounce it at all.

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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.