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Look, I have an appreciation for the whole “Prime” thing and the job Deion Sanders is doing at Colorado. But let’s get this straight. The Buffs are gonna get bopped today.

Here’s what else is gonna happen. Andy Dalton is going to play well in place of the injured Bryce Young (whom I really like.) Right now, Andy Dalton is a much better NFL quarterback than is Bryce Young. Let’s see how Frank Reich then handles this going forward.

Speaking of young quarterbacks I like, there’s Anthony Richardson. But I hope he learned his lesson last week against the Texans. AR Cadillac-ed it into the end zone on his second rushing TD. He thought he was home free. Then he got absolutely pole-axed at the goal line, resulting in a concussion that could keep him out for a couple of weeks.

This just in.  BAYLAH STILL NASTY!!  Kick their off-putting asses with extreme prejudice, Longhorns. I mean, put the hammer down! You think I’m joking? Let me assure you that I genuinely don’t like any part of Baylor’s act. Eff ‘em.

My Owls will try to get to 3-1 with a win over Souff Florida. One thing is evident. The Owls’ overall level of athleticism has been raised.

OK. So how deep into this blog am I gonna wait to start bitching about the Astros? No deeper than right here, that’s for sure. WTF? The Royals?

The Twins don’t get much love. That’s a shame.

40-40? No, that’s not Saturday night in Beaumont. That’s the amazing feat that the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. has achieved. He’s just the fifth player in MLB history to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in the same season. That’s made all the more amazing when you consider that nobody steals bases anymore. Dang!

DeAndre Hopkins can sometimes be an inscrutable enigma. But I think he is a good guy and a very interesting one. D-Hop is going back to Clemson to get his degree in parks-rec-tourism to fulfill a promise he made to his mom. You bet I respect that.

Mike McCarthy says losing Trevon Diggs is “punch to the gut.” I know my solar plexus felt it.

Somebody stole $100,000 worth of equipment at Soldier Field Wednesday night. Certainly it’s not the first time the Bears have been robbed blind at home. I think the lead suspect here is Jordan Love, with advice from Aaron Rodgers.

This is Week 3 in the NFL. The Ravens already have seven starters out with injuries.

The ‘Niners ain’t no fools. They’ve locked up Shanahan and Lynch with extensions. That appears to be the best organization in the NFL.

PAUL’S PEERLESS PICKS (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)

Texas 143 BAYLAH 0.

CLEMSON 28 Florida State 24 (upset special)

Aggies 27 AUBURN 20

SMU 31 TCU 28

OREGON 37 Colorado 21

UTAH 34 UCLA 28

Ole Miss 31 ALABAMA 27 (You heard me.)

TENNESSEE 34 UTSA 24

Rice 28 SOUTH FLORIDA 24

Oregon State 37 WASHINGTON STATE 34

TEXAS STATE 45 Nevada 27

Ohio State 35 NOTRE DAME 24

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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.