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Finally, some smiles on the faces of the Astros and their fans. After losing four of their previous five games, Houston walked it off over the Orioles 2-1 to salvage the finale of that crucial three-game series. Mauricio Dubon did the honors with a one-out RBI single that plated Yainer Diaz that kept the ‘Stros a half-game ahead of the Rangers and Mariners in the AL West.

There is no such thing as a lock in the NFL. But the Thursday Night game that sends the Giants to The Bay to face the 49ers is as close as it comes. Nolo contendere, especially with Saquon out.

Wednesday’s trade that sent RB Cam Akers to the Vikings from the Rams in an exchange of draft picks was a good idea for everyone. Akers’ relationship with Rams coach Sean McVay had been strajned for two seasons. And the Vikings are desperate for help in their running game, having gained just 69 rushing yards in two games, both losses. Tell me again why it was a good idea for the Vikes to part ways with Dalvin Cook.

This one is strange. Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigned Wednesday, a week after he stepped away from the team to address “health and family” issues. The 53-year old Williams was in his second season as Chicago’s d.c. Both the Bears and Williams’ lawyer have denied reports of recent police activity at the team’s facility. Bears head coach Matt Eberflus will continue to call the team’s defensive plays this week against the Chiefs, as he did in last Sunday’s loss to the Bucs.

Wednesday was a rocky day for Eberflus. First He had to deal with Williams’ resignation, and then watched as his quarterback, Justin Fields, first said he wasn’t going to blame the coaching staff for his poor play right before he blamed the coaching staff for his poor play, then called the media back to say he wasn’t blaming coaches for his poor and “robotic” play. The Bears are a mess, having now lost 12 straight games dating back to last October.

Prayers for LSU starting safety Greg Brooks, who underwent surgery late last week for removal of a brain tumor. The transfer from Arkansas had been experiencing bouts of vertigo.

Saban says that Deion Sanders is “a very good coach.” Nothing bonds men more than doing Aflac commercials together.

Oh, Oregon is gonna smack Colorado on Saturday.

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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.