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Yeah, I watched the highlights at least. And that’s notable for me, given my aversion to preseason basketball, and in fact all NBA basketball prior to Valentine’s Day. But I watched the clip. That tall kid from France caught my eye. He might be a player. Don’t give up on him.

The Astros are making me nervous. Few things are as nerve-racking as being a fan whose team is in the postseason. There’s a lot riding on Game Three today in Minneapolis. Dear Astros. Please don’t eff up.

That was a new one for me. I’m talking about that 8-5-3 double play that sealed the Braves’ 5-4 Game Two NLDS win over the Phillies, starting with that catch off the wall by Michael Harris II. Dang!!!

While they’re not dead yet, the Dodgers are on the brink of another playoff collapse. LA’s starting pitching has left the building.

As if things weren’t dismal enough for the Cowboys, now comes news that linebacker Leighton Vander Esch will miss at least 4-6 weeks with a neck strain he suffered in Sunday’s embarrassing 42-10 loss to the ‘Niners. Look up Dallas’ rushing defense stats when LVE is on the field vs. when he’s not. Losing him is a big deal, and potentially an alarming one given his history with neck injuries.

Oh, and did I mention that the ‘Boys’ best special teams player, C.J. Goodwin, tore his left pec and is headed for IR? This is grim.

Following a hot start, new Packers QB Jordan Love is cooling quickly. Love threw seven touchdowns against only one interception in the team’s first three games, but has served up five picks in his last two games while tossing just one TD. Love often looked lost in Monday night’s 17-13 road loss to the Raiders, serving up three INTs.

Injuries are stacking up on the Bills’ defense. Buffalo had already lost cornerback Tre’Davious White for the season with a torn Achilles. Monday the club confirmed that starting linebacker Matt Milano and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones will be out indefinitely with injuries suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars. Milano has what is described only as a leg injury while Jones has a torn pectoral muscle. Both players will undergo surgery.

Is there such a thing as an Achilles virus? Something is going around among the Jets. Now their best offensive lineman, right tackle Alaja Vera-Tucker, is gone for the year with the same injury that fell Aaron Rodgers in the opener against the Bills.

Vikings superstar Justin Jefferson has a strained right hamstring. Hamstrings take forever to heal, especially for top-fuel dragsters like Jefferson. He’s definitely out for Sunday’s game against the Bears, and Minnesota coach Kevin O’Connell says he’ll shut Jefferson down for as long as it takes for him to get well. Good decision.

Speaking of top-fuel dragsters, Dolphins rookie running back Devon Achane is down with a knee injury that is being evaluated. If he’s down for any appreciable length of time, it could be a tough blow for the Miami offense. The rook from Texas A&M has already racked up 460 rushing yards and is averaging 12.1 yards per carry. 12.1. That’s not a typo. Oh, and he was a healthy scratch in the season opener, so he has played in only four games. Achane ran for 151 yards on only eleven carries Sunday vs. the Giants, and has posted at least 100 yards and a TD in his last three games.

I respect Miami Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal for this. He has fully owned his mistake in not having his team kneel out a win against Georgia Tech, and instead calling a running play that resulted in a fumble, and ultimately, the ‘Canes’ first loss of the season. Miami doesn’t have time to mourn, not with 5-0 North Carolina next up on the schedule.

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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.