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In the words of the late Meat Loaf, “two out of three ain’t bad.” True, Wednesday night was not good for the Astros, who despite the return of Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve blew an early 3-0 lead and got rolled by the Rangers 13-5. Still, Houston won the series 2-1 to get within two games of Texas in the AL West.

The Angels say they are not going to trade Shohei Ohtani. That sounds rational to me. In fact, the Halos were in “buy” mode Wednesday as they acquired right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito and right-handed reliever Reynaldo Lopez from the White Sox in exchange for two top prospects.

That one-all draw between the USWNT and Netherlands leaves those teams even atop Group E World Cup play with four points each. Portugal is next up for the U.S., while Netherlands will face Vietnam. The U.S. needed a second-half equalizer from fired-up Lindsey Horan to salvage Wednesday’s draw.

Maybe the NFL’s running backs should form their own union. I’m kidding, I think…

I still think there’s a 50-50 chance Zeke returns to the Cowboys as a backup. He can still be a short-yardage hammer and he is still a demonic pass protector.

It’s been said that a rising tide lifts all boats. The next boat belongs to Joe Burrow. You think Justin Herbert broke the bank with the Chargers? Wait till you see what JB reels in.

Aaron Rodgers apparently will not be “one and done” with the Jets. He hinted strongly a couple of days ago that he would stay on in 2024, and then yesterday signed a re-worked contract that reduces his pay by $35 million over this season and next. I would say that’s being “cap friendly.”

I can’t make up my mind if I think Bills WR Stefon Diggs is a drama queen or just an uncommonly intense competitor. Either way, I wouldn’t blame Bills coach Sean McDermott if he keeps a flask in his office desk. He and Diggs say it’s all cool now. Sure, until next time.

Yes. I think the Texans can win six games. No, pharmaceuticals did not influence this statement. This team is gonna get pretty good, pretty fast. They have a plan, and they are executing it, witness Wednesday’s signing of tackle Tytus Howard to a big extension.

It’s official. Panthers coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that top overall draft choice Bryce Young will be his starting QB. You mean it wasn’t official before Wednesday? So Andy Dalton can count his money and save himself some bruises.

It’s all but a done-deal. The Colorado Buffs are almost certainly headed for the Big 12. The league’s presidents and chancellors reportedly voted unanimously to accept CU Wednesday. It’s a smooth move by the Buffs, since it will come following the 2023-24 sports calendar and coincide with the expiration of the Pac-12’s television deal, meaning Colorado will not have to pay an exit fee.

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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.