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CP.  Chris Perseverance.

Hell, yes, that moved me. I have long regarded perseverance as the master human virtue, the one from which all others flow. Chris Paul will play in the NBA Finals for the first time in his 16-year career.  It didn’t come easy, Ringo. He has partially torn ligaments in his right hand.  He is still hobbled by a sprained right knee he suffered in Round Two against the Jazz.  He has a lingering nerve issue in a shoulder. He just got over a bout with COVID. And, oh, yeah, he’s 36-years-old. 

And then he did what he did last night. On the road.  Paul scored 41 points, all but ten in the second half, including 19 in the fourth quarter. He hit all five of his 3-point attempts. Suns clinch in Game Six 130-103 and are on their way to their first NBA Finals in 28 years.  Hell, yes, that moved me.  It’s why I love sports.

Paul George of the Clippers says everything would have been different if Kawhi had been there.  Where have I heard that before?

It appears Giannis won’t be there for the Bucks in Game Five against the Hawks tonight. Bad news? That hyperextended knee is still gimpy.  Good news?  No structural damage.

How ‘bout them Bulldogs? That was cool. Mississippi State takes the College World Series title with a 9-0 shutout over defending champion Vanderbilt.  Bulldog pitchers Will Bednar and Landon Sims combine on a one-hitter.

It’s July.  What does that mean to me? It means NFL training camps will be open before we flip the calendar again. 

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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.