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The Cowboys were thin at linebacker heading into training camp, and the situation got worse Saturday night in a 22-14 preseason loss to the Seahawks. Rookie third-round draft pick DeMarvion Overshown—a former Longhorn—went down with a left knee injury on the second series. We’ll likely know more later today. Also concerning is the shoulder injury suffered by backup tackle Matt Waletzko.

Three prominent NFL starting quarterbacks cleared medical hurdles—and maybe settled some psychological jitters—on Saturday. Tua shook off an early interception to look solid in the Dolphins’ win over the Texans. The Niners’ Brock Purdy showed no lingering effects from his elbow surgery, and Jimmy Garoppolo’s foot was no problem in his Raiders debut.

I thought C.J. Stroud made some progress in his second preseason start. But did you see that bull-rush strip-sack off the left edge by Will Anderson, Jr.? That was a “wow”!

That was a great decision by Bill Belichick and Matt LaFleur to call off the final ten minutes of the Pats-Packers game after the scary injury suffered by New England rookie cornerback Isaiah Bolden when he collided with a teammate. The good news is that Bolden reportedly has feeling in extremities. Prayers would still be appropriate.

It appears Mahomes has an exciting new target. Eight catches for 96 yards by rookie Rashee Rice in a 38-10 blowout over the Cardinals.

If Trevor Lawrence stays healthy, he will be a holy terror this season. That young man has arrived.

And you know who looked surprisingly good Saturday night? Zach Wilson. It seems A-Rod has been a good influence on him.

But how ‘bout “J-Rod”? Baseball has not seen a hitter on a hotter tear than Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez, at least in the past 123 years. Four more hits in the Mariners’ 10-3 rout of the Astros, Seattle’s fifth straight victory and 13th in their last 16. The man is 17-22 in his last four games. I said 17-22.

That feat eclipsed the career milestone reached by Jose Altuve, who had three hits to reach 2,000 in his major league career. Toov joins Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell in the ‘Stros’ 2,000 Club.

I’m reserving comment on the incident involving Saints tight end Jimmy Graham until the facts are determined. Let’s just hope he’s OK.

Yes, I’m watching the Women’s World Cup Final as I write this blog. Spain leads England 1-nil in the 71st minute. Proud of me?

Yeah, and I saw that Saturday night goal by Messi, too.  Dang!

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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.