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Nicely done, Nebraska! I’m talkin’ ‘bout that world record crowd to witness a women’s sports event. The Huskers packed 92,003 fans into their football stadium Wednesday to watch NU’s volleyball team beat Omaha 3-0 on what was dubbed “Volleyball Day in Nebraska.” The previous record was 91,648, set in April of 2022 at a Champions League soccer match in Barcelona.

I’ll give Colts G.M. Chris Ballard high marks for candor, at least. Ballard summed up what appears to be the unsalvageable relationship between the Colts and running back Jonathan Taylor thus: “It sucks for the Colts. It sucks for Jonathan Taylor. And it sucks for our fans.” Roger all of that.

The ‘Niners say there is no way they will trade holdout defensive superstar Nick Bosa. Duh…They’ll get all this worked out by early next week.

Am I missing something? (Always a possibility.) Trey Lance poses no threat to Dak Prescott, now or going forward. That trade was just an opportunity for Dallas to acquire a young, physically talented backup who is still on his rookie contract in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

Joe Burrow is back on the Bengals’ practice field, six weeks after he strained his right calf. Joe Cool should be greenlighted for Cincy’s opener against the Browns.

That’s five straight for the streaking Astros, who completed their first-ever sweep at Fenway with a 7-4 win over the Red Sox. Houston is now just a percentage point behind Seattle in the AL West, with the slumping Rangers a game behind. The ‘Stros are seeking their sixth division title in seven years.

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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.