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Just a little light crop-dusting on a hot August Monday morning.

Here’s what I learned Sunday about Niners quarterback Trey Lance. Nothing. He had zero protection in that 34-7 Raiders preseason rout.

In that same game, Raiders rookie QB Aidan O’Connell looked like, I don’t know, maybe this year’s version of Brock Purdy? The fourth-rounder out of Purdue was in complete control, going 15-18 for 141 and a touch. Two of his three incompletions were dropped balls. Here’s another Purdy Parallel. Just as Brock did in 2022, O’Connell will start 2023 backing up Jimmy Garoppolo. 

To say the Saints are getting thin at running back would be an understatement. Alvin Kamara will serve a three-game suspension to start the season. Rookie Kendre Miller went down with a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Chiefs. New Orleans had already lost Eno Benjamin for the season with a ruptured Achilles. The Saints will now likely redouble their efforts to sign free agent RB Kareem Hunt.

Colts coach Shane Steichen says he expects Jonathan Taylor to report to camp some time this week. Taylor still says he wants to be traded. Colts owner Jim Irsay still says that ain’t gonna happen. We’ll see.

The season is over for Eagles LB Shaun Bradley. Yep, Achilles, suffered covering a punt in a preseason game.

Ten days ago, 40-year-old Lucas Glover was ranked 112th in the Fed Ex Cup standings. That was before he reeled off back-to-back wins at the Wyndham and the Fed Ex opener in Memphis. Sunday’s playoff victory over Patrick Cantlay vaulted Glover to the #30 position in the world. And he now has a chance to make the Ryder Cup team. It gaut bettah for Lucas…

Homer #41 for Shohei in the Angels’ 2-1 win over the Astros. Dang it. Four hundred forty-eight feet is a long way, wouldn’t you agree?

But at least the Rangers lost, too, as Patrick Bailey’s ninth inning two-run dinger lifted the Giants to a 3-2 win, stopping SF’s four-game skid. Texas still leads Houston by two and a half in the AL West.

Wonder what Aaron Boone will be doing next year. ‘Cause he won’t be managing the Yankees. New York blew a 7-1 sixth-inning lead and managed to lose to the Marlins 8-7. The Pinstripes are in last place in the AL East and are five games out of the final wild card spot.

Wuddup with Rays shortstop Wander Franco? I wander. He’s not with the team while MLB reportedly looks into some of his social media posts.

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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.