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I didn’t see anything that made me skittish about C.J. Stroud in the Texans’ preseason opener. Yes, he retreated in the pocket instead of climbing it, resulting in a 15-yard sack. And two plays later he threw a pick after holding the ball too long and staring down his intended receiver. But he seemed in command of the huddle and is certainly physically impressive. And that was a nice effort by the Houston defense in posting that 20-9 road win over the Patriots.

I had forgotten what a big arm Seahawks backup QB Drew Lock has. I got reminded Thursday night in Seattle’s 24-13 victory over the Vikings. Dang!

While I found the outcome less than pleasing, that was nevertheless a fabulous baseball game in Baltimore as the Orioles edged the Astros 5-4 to avoid a three-game series sweep. The O’s have not been swept this season. In fact, they haven’t been swept in 76 series dating back to mid-May of 2022. That’s remarkable. The loss dropped Houston two and a half games back of Texas in the AL West. The ‘Stros are back home Friday to open a weekend series against the Angels as Justin Verlander gets his first Minute Maid start since returning to H-Town.

Marquee names aplenty atop the leader board after the first round of the Fed Ex St. Jude in Memphis. Spieth. Scheffler. McIlroy. That’ll play!

Rory hit some great shots Thursday in carding a three-under-par 67. But his best “shot” was a verbal one he aimed at Phil Mickelson. A new book claims Lefty attempted to place a $400,000 bet on the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team, of which he was a member. Uhhh…you’re not supposed to do that. When asked about that allegation, McIlroy just smiled and said, “At least he’ll (Mickelson) will be able to bet on the Ryder Cup this year, since he won’t be a part of it.”  It’s in the hole!

Niners QB Brock Purdy says he’s almost 100 percent as he recovers from his elbow surgery. Remember when SF ran out of quarterbacks in the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles? Niners coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Thursday that if his team had somehow made it to the Super Bowl, the plan was to bring 41-year-old Philip Rivers out of retirement.

Who’da ever thunk that the Mountain West Conference would be a power broker? But the MWC is in great position to acquire any or all of the four remaining Pac-12 teams—including Cal, Stanford, Oregon State and Washington State.

I wonder why the football gambling scandal at Iowa and Iowa State isn’t getting more attention. This is beyond alarming. Four more Cyclones and three more Hawkeyes are now implicated.

Brett Favre still faces civil litigation for his alleged role in syphoning off welfare funds in Mississippi. That state’s Supreme Court Thursday refused to remove Favre as a defendant.

Finally, everyone in the Texas football community is crushed to learn of the death of Central Catholic High School head coach Mike Santiago following a bout with cancer. Mike also was the first head coach of the football program at University of the Incarnate Word. Forever First. I and many others will sorely miss our good friend.

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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.