07/28/23 One thingy-dingy…two thingy-dingies…three thingy-dingies…

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I glanced at my phone and wanted to barf. Joe Burrow carted off. My first fear was a ruptured Achilles. Thank the deity of your choice that that was not the case. It’s being called a strained right calf for now. More info likely today.

See, here’s the thing about football. You can’t get good at it without practice. But you can’t practice without injuries. Newly acquired Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey could miss “several months” following surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. Ramsey collided with WR Tyreek Hill Thursday. Hill’s OK.

Dak says he’ll throw fewer interceptions this season. That’d be, you know, nice…

Yes, I have a calendar on the fridge. Yes, I actually circle dates on it. “October 8” just got the ink from me. That’s the Sunday the Jets host the Broncos in Week 5. My thanks to new Broncos coach Sean Payton, who says last year’s Denver coaching staff did “one of the worst coaching jobs in the history of the NFL.”  Payton didn’t stop there, adding “Everything I heard about last season, we’re doing the opposite.” That’s understandable. The Broncos were 5-12 in 2022, and then-Denver head coach Nathaniel Hackett didn’t make it through his first season. But see, Hackett is now the offensive coordinator for the Jets, where he has been reunited with his old Green Bay buddy Aaron Rodgers. Yes, Hackett proved to be a truly awful head coach. But he is a very good offensive coordinator. Very good indeed. Yep, the Jets are pissed, led by head coach Robert Saleh, who after he got wind of Payton’s “Hackett Job” first said, “I’m not going to acknowledge Sean.” Saleh of course then went on to acknowledge Sean. My favorite Saleh quote from Thursday?  “If you ain’t got no haters, you ain’t poppin’,” a motto I might just adopt for myself, incidentally. It’s now poppin’ between the Jets and Broncos. October 8. Football is always good. But football is always better when it’s personal. And don’t think Hackett didn’t notice how Saleh had his back.

It’s officially back to the future for the Colorado Buffs, who are leaving the Pac-12 and returning to their old Big 12 neighborhood following the 2023-24 sports season.

As for the Pac, that league’s future is all behind it. And what’s left of it could be raided,  especially if Florida State bails from the ACC as expected. Obviously, time zones are not really a thing anymore.

Everybody wants to be loved. Including Shohei. After the Angels told him he would not be traded, he responded by throwing a one-hit shutout in the opener of a doubleheader against the Tigers, and then hit two homers in the nightcap, both LA victories. Yeah, that kinda thing happens rarely. Like never. I often think we’re not fully appreciative of what this guy is doing. Oh, and those homers were #s 37 and 38.

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  1. we updated the dry-erase calendar for our office to reflect August… I got circle August 24 as the start of the high school football season. New Braunfels v Denton Ryan in Belton!!!!!!!!!

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

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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.