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This is just weird. We’re four games deep in the ALCS, and the home team has yet to win a game. I hope that pattern holds one more time in Arlington before the Astros break through at Minute Maid to get back to the World Series.

In 18 innings in Arlington, the Astros have scored 18 runs.

As for the NLCS, the D-Backs had their moment of fun Thursday in a walk-off win over the Phillies in Game Three. They had their fun. Past tense. There will be no more fun to be had for Arizona.

The Rice Owls were 3-3 entering Thursday night’s game at Tulsa, gaining right at 400 yards per game and surrendering 400 yards a game. That balance was happily broken in Rice’s 42-10 rout over the Golden Hurricane. Owl QB JT Daniels threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, while Dean Connors added three more scores on 120 rushing yards.

America’s sports attention was understandably divided Thursday night, but those who saw the Jaguars beat the Saints 31-24 witnessed a good one. Despite a gimpy knee, Jags QB Trevor Lawrence ran for a career-high 63 yards as the Jags won their fourth straight to get to 5-2. The Saints fell to 3-4.

You had to hurt for Saints tight end Foster Moreau, who dropped the potential tying TD pass with 30 seconds left. The New Orleans native has been an inspiration after beating Hodgkin lymphoma in the offseason.

Jimmy G’s aching back will keep him out of the Raiders’ game at Chicago on Sunday. So either rookie Aidan O’Connell or 15-year veteran Brian Hoyer will start for Las Vegas.

Baylah has always been nasty. But now Michigan seems determined to get there.

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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.