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After pounding their first two opponents by a combined score of 70-10, things were great for the Cowboys, until suddenly they weren’t. Losing All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs to a torn ACL suffered in Thursday’s practice changes things. Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn no longer has TWO shutdown corners (Stephon Gilmore being the other one) to tie up opposing offenses. Plus, Diggs has been an interception machine. Dallas now has to go shopping for an available veteran corner. I vote for Bryce Callahan.

That’s 13 straight regular season wins for the 49ers. They are devastating when they get McCaffrey, Deebo and Kittle going at the same time.

Of course, I’m looking ahead. Of course, I am. October 8. Cowboys at ‘Niners. That may well be 4-0 vs. 4-0. And those are the two best defenses in football.

Remember Monday when Giants coach Brian Daboll said he wouldn’t rule out Saquon Barkley playing vs.the 49ers on TNF? The Giants will be lucky to have Barkley back on the field by November. That is the dreaded “high” ankle sprain, and that is no trifling matter.

The Panthers will be without rookie QB Bryce Young Sunday against the Seahawks. While Young is hobbling with an ankle injury, veteran Andy Dalton will get the start. Right now Dalton is a better NFL quarterback than is Young. Things could get interesting if the Panthers pull the upset.

Unlike last week, there’s nothing “lackluster” about Saturday’s college football slate. The sked features eight matchups between teams that are 3-0 or better. Check it out:

Ohio State at Notre Dame

Colorado at Oregon

Rutgers at Michigan

UCLA at Utah

Oregon State at Washington State

Iowa at Penn State

BYU at Kansas

Memphis at Missouri

While not a battle of unbeatens, Ole Miss at Alabama has plenty of tradition and plot lines. ‘Bama is having a tough time protecting its quarterback. The Tide have given up 12 sacks in three games.

After a couple of years of remarkably smooth sailing, the UTSA Roadrunners have hit some choppy waters. I’m intrigued to find out how they will play Saturday at Tennessee.

That was quick work by a group of Louisville Cardinals football players who rushed to the scene of an automobile crash earlier this week near the team’s stadium. Video posted by Louisville police shows at least five Cardinals righting the flipped vehicle back onto its wheels before first responders arrived. The driver will be all right.

Yeah, I was waiting for some folks to start accusing Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick of delivering a dirty hit on the play that ended Nick Chubb’s season. Sure enough, there is some such chirping, especially on social media. Fitpatrick insists he had no intent to injure Chubb, calling him a “great player” who “makes the game a lot better when he’s playing.” I just hope we see Chubb playing again.

A tip of the cap to retiring USNWT member Julie Ertz, who exits the pitch with a pair of World Cup titles and universal respect from teammates and opponents.

I leave you today with this ominous quote from Murderous Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “If sportswashing is going to increase my GDP by way of one percent, then I will continue doing sportswashing. I don’t care.”

I sure as hell care.  And you should, too.

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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.