09/02/22 College football. It’s good to have you back, my friend.

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Jimmy G. says he will not stay with the 49ers after this season. I would not expect him to. But the decision that he and the Niners would stick it out for 2022 makes perfect sense for everyone. It’s best for Garoppolo right now. And it is absolutely best for SF right now. And I will promise you that at some point in the season he will play a pivotal role for the Niners.

So that’s it for Venus and Serena. But that’s not it for Serena Solo. I so much hope she can find a way to win her third-round singles match tonight.

Russell Wilson is now under contract with the Broncos until he’s 40. He just got a five-year extension on top of the two years he had remaining on his contract. He can win Super Bowls in Denver. He will be expected to in exchange for the $165 million in guarantees he just racked up.

MLB Blake Martinez cut by the Giants? That move looked pretty personal between Martinez and the G-Men’s front office.

No, I don’t have a better solution. But this flirtation between the Cowboys and 40-year-old free agent tackle Jason Peters strikes me as desperation. Because the Cowboys are in fact desperate. Because poor planning by Lil’ Abner has once again placed them in a desperate situation. Pray for Dak.

The Titans just lost their best pass rusher to a torn ACL. Harold Landry posted 12 sacks last year and was a holy terror on third down.

And then there are self-inflicted absences. Saints safety Marcus Maye got himself arrested Monday morning for waving a firearm in an alleged road-rage incident. Maye, in a statement issued by his lawyer, says he didn’t do it.

Yeah, that Thursday night big-time college football was a nice snuggler. It was especially good to see the revival of the Back Yard Rivalry between Pitt and West Virginia. Penn State and Purdue did not disappoint, either.

And nothing says “Oklahoma State” more than a hoop-esque 58-44 win. What could be more appropriate for Mike Gundy’s 150th coaching win? Cowboy QB Spencer Sanders threw for four TDs and ran for two more.  Four plus two.  That’s six, right?

That live rooster mascot at Souff Carolina? His name will remain Sir Big Spur. The bird’s new owners wanted to change his name to The General, but Gamecock fans freaked out. This is a large part of what I love about college football.

These accelerated talks between the Big 12 and their “media partners” could hasten the Longhorns’ and Sooners’ arrival in the SEC. Start thinking 2024 rather than ’25.

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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.