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The Astros scored a season-high 17 runs Saturday night to close within a game of Texas in the AL West. Jeremy Pena posted a career-best four RBIs in a 17-4 laugher over the Rays at Minute Maid.

The Rangers lost to the Padres (again), but then announced the acquisition of RHP Max Scherzer in a trade with the Mets. The 39-year-old Scherzer waived his no-trade clause and was then dealt to Texas in exchange for hot prospect Luisangel Acuna. The Rangers will pay the three-time Cy Young Award winner $22.5 million this season while the Mets still owe him 35-mill. This is a “right now” move for the Rangers, since Scherzer can opt out of his contract at the end of the year.

We move into August with a hot two-horse race in the West!

Rams coach Sean McVay says he has nothing but love for running back Sony Michel following his surprise retirement. The two-time Super Bowl champ with the Rams and Patriots hung ‘em up Saturday following the Rams third training camp practice, saying his body had had enough. McVay described the 28-year-old Michel as “the epitome of a pro.”

Zeke to the Patriots? That could happen. Elliott is still the most vicious pass-protecting back in the league, and could make Mac Jones more comfortable in the pocket. The Hoodie knows that.

Dak turned 30 Saturday. Yeah, I’ve heard all the “If you don’t get it done by 30, you’re not going to get it done” stuff. I disagree. Prescott has the skill set and resolve necessary to get the Cowboys where they want to go, providing Mike McCarthy makes good on his promise to run the ball more.

Can the marriage between Colts RB Jonathan Taylor and club owner Jim Irsay be saved? Nope, at least IMO.

Have I mentioned I’m not a Kyler Murray fan? What?  I have?  Oh…

What is it about male radio sportstalk hosts and their death wishes? D.C. motor-mouth Michael Sorse, whose on-air name is (was?) Don Geronimo, committed career hara-kiri Thursday at the Commanders’ training facility. After spotting local television anchor Sharla McBride at the facility, Sorse called out on-air, “Hey look! Barbie’s here. Hi Barbie girl!” He later referred to McBride as “that chick” and said, “I’m guessing she’s a cheerleader.”   Gee, who could have guessed that McBride didn’t like that? And, particularly given Dan Snyder’s series of workplace scandals, the Commanders wasted no time asking radio station WBIG to fire “Geronimo.” WBIG wasted no time, either. Bye.

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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.