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The Astros are only a half-game back of the Rangers atop the AL West, but also a half-game ahead of the Mariners for the second AL Wild Card berth. Kyle Tucker hit his 25th homer of the year, a two-run shot in in the first, in Tuesday night’s 7-3 win over the Red Sox. Justin Verlander, in his fourth start since returning to Houston, pitched six scoreless innings and rang up a season high nine K’s to get his ninth win of the season.

The Rangers dropped their sixth straight, falling to the surging D-Backs 6-3. That’s five in a row for Arizona.

The Mariners have put together their second eight-game win streak of the season. Seattle beat the White Sox 6-3, hours after Chicago (49-77) fired executive vice president Ken Williams and g.m. Rick Hahn.

Continuing our “streaking” theme, the Yankees have lost nine straight for the first time since 1982.

No real surprise in Tampa. Baker Mayfield has beaten out Kyle Trask as the Bucs’ QB-1.

Reggie Bush and the NCAA are still going at it? Bush will file a defamation suit today, 13 years after Nancy Charlie Adam Amy stripped him of the 2005 Heisman Trophy. You remember. Cash. Travel expenses. Free home in San Diego for Bush’s family. Reg says he had nothing to do with any of that stuff…”Wudden me…”

Saints TE Jimmy Graham is expected to return to practice soon, maybe as early as today. Graham was taken into custody last Friday night in Newport Beach, California, near where the Saints and Chargers were holding joint practices. Police suspected narcotics use, and also charged Graham with obstructing a police officer. Saints doctors say Graham’s erratic behavior was likely the result of a seizure.

 Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon on her superstar A’ja Wilson. “She runs like a deer, jumps like a cat and catches as if she were Spiderman.” A’ja dime-danced her way to a WNBA regular season record-tying 53 points in a 112-100 win over Atlanta, going 16-23 from the floor and 20-21 from the line. Let’s see Spidey do THAT!

You remember Haynes King, right? Yeah, he started each of the last two season as the Aggies’ quarterback before transferring to Georgia Tech last December. King won his preseason battle with heralded redshirt freshman Zach Pyron and has been named the starter for the Ramblin’ Wrecks.

Tragic news from the Houston Cougars basketball family. Former Coog forward Reggie Chaney Monday was found dead in his Arlington, Texas apartment. The 23-year-old Chaney played on UH’s Final Four team in 2021 and was preparing to launch a pro career in Greece. Houston coach Kelvin Sampson described Chaney as the “ultimate teammate.” Foul play is not suspected.

And a house explosion in North Carolina that killed the 61-year-old father of Titans’ cornerback Caleb Farley appears to have been an accident resulting from an accumulation of natural gas.

Finally, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says he is “confident” the deal with The Murderous Saudis will go through. In fact, he says he’s “certain” of it.  Oh, I hope not.

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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.