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There’s a lot riding on that three-game weekend series between the Astros and Mariners that begins tonight in Houston. Houston is trying to close a two-and-a-half game deficit to the Rangers in the AL West, while streaking Seattle is now just a half game back of Toronto for the third Wild Card. Nobody is hotter than the Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez, who went 5-5 and drove in five runs in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Royals. Rodriguez had 12 hits in that three-game series sweep.

J.P France gets the ball for Houston tonight against the Mariners’ Bryce Miller.

Make it eleven straight wins for the Dodgers. Austin Barnes’ solo shot in the eighth was the only run in LA’s Thursday night win over the Brewers. It’s all but over in the NL West. The Dodgers are ten-and-a-half games up on the Giants in trying to lock down their tenth division title in the last eleven seasons.

Yeah, I caught a little bit of Thursday’s preseason game between the Eagles and Browns. I think ALL preseason games should end in ties. Very enlightened, IMO.

Let’s all hope Eagles’ WR Tyrie Cleveland and DL Moro Ojono are doing well following the neck injuries they suffered in that game. Both of those plays looked scary.

I’m eager to get a second look at C.J. Stroud when the Texans host the Dolphins Saturday. We may or may not see Tua, who hasn’t seen any game action since last December. Miami is hoping four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead will be back for Week One after the right leg injury he suffered Thursday in a joint workout with the Texans. Armstead says he’ll be OK.

The Cowboys visit Seattle Saturday night. I’m already sold on rookie Deuce Vaughn as he tries to lock up RB2 behind Tony Pollard.

I’m hearing more and more NFL pundits saying they think the Seahawks can challenge the Niners in the NFC West. I understand. Seattle is a good-looking young team, and I don’t think Geno Smith’s outstanding season a year ago will prove to be a fluke.

Titans’ rookie QB Will Levis went down with what is described as a “lower body injury” in Thursday’s joint practice with the Vikings. That means starter Ryan Tannehill may be pressed into service in Saturday’s preseason game.

Saying there was “reasonable doubt” about the case, a county judge in Ohio Thursday found Bengals’ running back Joe Mixon not guilty of aggravated menacing. Mixon was accused of pulling a gun on a woman following a road rage incident in January.

The wife of Jets’ cornerbacks coach Tony Oden is pissed at her husband. She had warned him to stay far away from any skirmishes in the Jets’ joint practices against the Bucs. The sling on Oden’s left arm suggests he didn’t listen.

What do you do if you’re Pat Fitzgerald, who lost his head coaching gig at Northwestern in the wake of that hazing scandal? You volunteer as an assistant coach at the high school your two sons attend.

October 25. That’s the night Wemby will make his NBA regular season debut as the Spurs host The Hated Dallas Mavericks.

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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.