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The NFL begins its 104th season tonight. No, despite what you think, I have not been around for all of the previous 103 openers.

This Thursday night lid-lifter at Arrowhead doesn’t lack for sizzle as the defending champion Chiefs host the league’s latest darlings, Dan Campbell’s Motown Lions. Kelce is listed as questionable with that knee owie. His presence (or absence) could be pivotal.

Chiefs DL stud Chris Jones is still holding out. But get this. Jones says all he wants is a raise and a new long-term deal in KC. He says he could play tonight if signed this morning.  Who needs practice in today’s NFL, right?  Practice? We talkin’ ‘bout PRACTICE.

Meanwhile, 49ers pass rusher extraordinaire Nick Bosa has ended his holdout (or “hold-in, if you prefer). Bosa presumably will play Sunday against the Steelers after signing a five-year, $170 extension that makes him the highest paid non-quarterback in league history. While I hope this will not be the case, I have a fiver that says Bosa gets hurt Sunday.

Rams QB Matthew (don’t call him Matt) Stafford says all is well in the locker room. But I’m guessing he has had a conversation with his wife, Kelly, who got on her podcast and told the world that her 35-year-old husband has a tough time relating to his young teammates. I’m just glad my wife doesn’t have a podcast. Oh, wait…

Stafford will not have WR Cooper Kupp to target Sunday against the Seahawks. Kupp is as tough as they come. But bad hamstrings don’t care how tough you are. You can’t get out of your own way…

Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon says he doesn’t want to talk about his quarterback situation. If all I had to choose between was Joshua Dobbs and rookie Clayton Tune, I’d want to change the subject, too.

So the Cards can start tanking in positioning themselves to draft reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams, right?  That may not work out either, since Williams’ dad said Wednesday that his son might forgo the 2024 draft and instead stay at USC for another season. I get it. The Trojan O-line is better than the Cardinals’.

The Texas Rangers are going to need collective psychological counseling. They just got swept in a three-game series against the Astros by a combined score of 39-10, capped off by last night’s 12-3 beatdown. Jose Abreu ran amok with seven RBIs on a grand slam and a three-run dinger. Houston hit five homers, three of them off Max Scherzer. The ‘Stros remain a game ahead of Seattle atop the AL West, with the fading Rangers now three back.

Oh, I forgot to mention that Houston touched up Texas pitching for 16 homers in that three-game set.  I said 16 homers. The Astros also became the first team in MLB history to score at least 12 runs and hit at least five homers in three straight games.

The Dodgers have canceled Jose Urias Bobblehead Night. The team’s ace lefthanded starter is on “administrative leave” after being arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, which will almost certainly lead to at least a suspension. Urias now has the distinction of being the only MLB player to face administrative leave TWICE since this process was collectively bargained in 2015. Yeah, he was involved in this kinda thing once before, although no criminal charges were filed in the previous incident.

All the best to Guardians manager and Red Sox legend Terry Francona, who hinted Wednesday that he will likely retire at season’s end for health reasons. Tito’s a good guy.

And it’s good to see the pay gap between men’s and women’s college coaches shrinking. LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey has signed a 10-year, $32 million deal, five months after she led her Tigers to their first-ever NCAA championship.

Yeah, I know the U.S. Open is going on. I’ll get to it sometime before Sunday, maybe.

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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.