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After giving one away to the Angels Saturday, the Astros took one back Sunday night in Anaheim, overcoming a four-run seventh-inning deficit to win 9-8 and take the weekend series 2-1. Houston smashed five homers, all in the last three innings. Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker hit back-to-back dingers in the top of the ninth to give the Astros a 9-7 lead. The Angels closed it to 9-8 in the bottom of the inning on Shohei Ohtani’s MLB-leading 34th homer, but Tucker ended the game with a diving catch in right field. The Houston victory came a night after the Astros had blown a six-run lead in a 13-12 loss.

Sunday’s nationally televised finale provided a frantic end to a freakish series that produced 56 runs (32 of them in the seventh inning or later), seven ties and ten lead changes. After catching their breath Monday, Houston opens a two-game set at Colorado Tuesday hoping to cut into the Rangers’ three-game lead in the AL West.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to invest almost five hours watching the Wimbledon men’s final, but I’m glad and grateful I did. That one had it all. Ebbs. Flows. Peaks. Valleys. Fatigue. Recovery. Youth. Advancing age. Slumps. Comebacks. Power. Finesse. Pain. Jubilation. That match brought honor to both Alcaraz and Djokovic.

So there was Steph lining up an 18-foot eagle putt on 18 to win. There was never a doubt. I’m glad he has found a hobby.

Rory looks good to go for The Open. He showed some real steel in birdying 17 and 18 to overtake Scotland’s own Robert MacIntyre in Gullane.

That was a Messi scene in Miami. This should be fun.

D-Hop returns to the AFC South. Don’t crown the Jags just yet. This changes the equation. “Titan Up,” Hopkins posted on social media. Watch the turbo-boost DeAndre will give Tennessee’s offense. Tannehill is a well-above average NFL QB when healthy. King Henry can still hammer. And defenses are now going to have to single-cover Treylon Burks. The Titans can still play defense. And Mike Vrabel an still coach.

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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.