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How important is Zack Martin to the Cowboys’ offense? Over the past four seasons, the team’s per-play average dropped more than a yard anytime Martin was not on the field. And that’s why it was a good idea to open your wallet, Jerry.

I’m eager to see how C.J. Stroud does today against the Dolphins. Stroud has still not been officially named the Texans’ starter.

But the issue is settled in D.C. Second-year man Sam Howell has beaten out Jacoby Brissett as the Commander’s QB-1.

Jadeveon Clowney has landed with the Ravens, who desperately needed an edge pass rusher.

That didn’t take long. Did you see Bijan Robinson’s first NFL preseason carry Friday night against the Bengals? He showed it all. Vision, acceleration, sharp cuts and a finishing burst for 12 yards. Robinson will make the Falcons relevant, and I thought Desmond Ridder looked sharp in that 13-all tie. The NFC South will be fun to watch!

Bryce Young took two more huge hits last night in the Panthers’ 21-19 loss to the Giants. That looks like Carolina’s biggest issue right now.

But it was smooth sledding for Giants’ QB Daniel Jones, who completed eight of nine passes for 69 yards and a touch. And it looks like he’s developing a real connection with newly-acquired tight end Darren Waller.

Packers’ G.M. Brian Gutekunst says there’s no way he’s trading five-time All-Pro tackle David Bakhtiari. Aaron Rodgers no doubt finds that disappointing. The Jets’ beaten up O-line is a huge concern.

The Astros’ recently red-hot bats picked a bad time to go ice cold last night at Minute Maid in a 2-0 loss to the Mariners. No such chill for Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez, who had four hits, including a solo homer. That’s three straight four-hit games for Rodriguez. The win moved the M’s a half game ahead of Toronto for the final AL Wild Card.

The only solace for Houston was the Rangers’ 9-8 loss to the Brewers, keeping the Astros within two-and-a-half games of Texas in the West.

So much for the Dodgers’ eleven-game win streak. Five Miami homers put an end to that in an 11-3 Marlins rout.

What the hell got into free agent pass rusher Robert Quinn Tuesday night in South Carolina? Police say Quinn rammed his pickup truck into four vehicles and hit a woman in the face before fleeing the scene. The 33-year-old Quinn usually channels his aggressive tendencies in a more socially acceptable manner. He has recorded 102 sacks in a long career with the Rams, Dolphins, Cowboys, Bears and Eagles.

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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.