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It’s 3:17 a.m.   Yes, I’m watching the USWNT’s World Cup match against Portugal. Sixtieth minute. Still waiting for a goal. I looked up the derivation of the word “soccer.” Turns out it’s Old Gaelic for “Ohhh!…All-most!…”

Yordan Alvarez has been on fire since returning to the Astros’ lineup following that oblique injury. YA ripped a three-run homer in the sixth Monday night at Minute Maid to help lift Houston to a 7-3 win over the Guardians that left the ‘Stros just a half-game behind the idle Rangers in the AL West.  Texas opens a home series Tuesday night against the White Sox.

The MLB trade deadline is this afternoon. Let’s see what Houston pulls off.

The Cowboys’ training camp battle to determine who will back up lead running back Tony Pollard will not include Ronald Jones for a while. Jones has been popped for two games for an unspecified violation of the league’s PED policy. He’ll be reinstated following the Cowboys’ Week Two game against the Jets. Bad timing. Not that there’s such a thing as good timing in these matters. Jones signed a one-year deal in Dallas back in March following a single—and lackluster—season with the Chiefs. I’m pulling for rookie Deuce Vaughn to earn that backup role behind Pollard, although Rico Dowdle and Malik Davis are very much in the picture.

(Still waiting for a goal…looking more and more like the U.S. is playing for a tie that would be enough to advance to the Knockout Round.)

Broncos WR Tim Patrick will miss his second straight season after tearing an Achilles in a 7-on-7 drill at camp on Monday. Patrick—one of the most respected members of his team—was out for all of 2022 with a torn ACL. Denver is getting thin at receiver. Also Monday, K.J. Hammer announced he is being treated for the heart condition known as pericarditis. Hammer says he should return sometime this season.

Things just get uglier and uglier—and weirder and weirder—between the Colts and RB Jonathan Taylor. And now Indy will be without backup Zack Moss for 4-6 weeks. Moss suffered a broken right arm Monday in the team’s first padded practice.

I just saw a video clip of Damar Hamlin in full pads. That gave me chills.

Nick Bosa is just “chillin’” away from the 49ers camp. Bosa is waiting to finalize an extension that will make him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. That’s “will,” not “might.” Bosa doesn’t seem too concerned. Neither does Niners G.M. John Lynch.

“It gaut bettah” between the Vikings and stud pass-rusher (ten and a half sacks in 2022) Danielle Hunter. A couple of days ago it looked like they were going to part company one way or another. But now Hunter says, “I want to be a Viking forever” after signing a one-year deal. One year hardly seems like “forever” to me. He is set to become a free agent following this season.

Arguments about who is or was the best all-around athlete in Cowboys history can get pretty animated. Bob Hayes? Mel Renfro? Herschel Walker? All I ask is that Chuck Howley be included in the discussion. Do the Wikipedia thing on Howley. Football. Basketball. Track. Field. Baseball. Gymnastics. Swimming. Diving. Wrestling. I will stand and applaud when #54 is finally inducted into the PFHOF this weekend. It’s long overdue. Howley was a five-time first-team All-Pro. He was also one of the smartest and instinctive players the NFL has ever seen.

OK. The U.S. women just finished up a thrilling nil-nil draw with Portugal to advance to the Round of 16. Sweden is likely up next. “Rudderless, uninspired and confused” is the way TV dude just described the Americans’ performance.

Happy Tuesday to you from this Tuesday Baby.

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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.