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Did you catch the softball game last night in Denver? Where did they come up with those “uniforms”?  Were they left over from the last Pro Bowl?

Mighty Manfred says he doesn’t want to change baseball, he wants to “restore” it. Says he wants to get rid of seven-inning doubleheaders. I’m onboard. Says he wants to get rid of starting extra innings with a runner at second. Roger, Chief. Says he wants to outlaw The Shift.  Why? That’s just strategy.

The Angels drafted 20 pitchers with their 20 selections. That tells me the Angels understand baseball.

Another knee surgery for Kawhi? And free agency looming…

I had to remind myself that Game Four of the NBA Finals is tonight. That used to be kind of a big deal to me.

Nice to see Team USA win a game…

One thousand new COVID cases in Tokyo yesterday. Olympics? Insanity.

Finally, a wrong has been righted, at least unofficially. Michael Strahan officially (for now) remains the NFL’s single-season sack record holder, with 22.5. (Remember the Favre “give-up” sack that gave Mikey S. the record?)  Well, further research and video study reveals that Al “Bubba” Baker recorded 23 sacks in his ROOKIE year with the Lions in 1978. Bubba came to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1983. 6-8. 290. Quicker than silver. I was working in St. Louis at the time. Bubba was unblockable. He had double digit sacks in three of his four years with the Cardinals and finished his 13-year NFL career (which also included stints with the Browns and the Vikings) with 131 sacks. Sidenote. Bubba and his Cardinal teammates worked out in the offseason at the same gym I did. A late morning pickup basketball game was part of the daily drill. I’m telling you straight up that Bubba could have played in the NBA.  For a very long time. Extremely skilled. I will also tell you that they let me play every day, pretty much so they could pound the hell out of the tv guy. I was cool with it. It was fun!  Bubba could have laid me out every day. He never did.  Unlike his teammate and my friend, E.J. Junior, who could have laid me out every day.  And did.  (lol)

Keep in mind the NFL only started keeping sack records in 1982. Now let’s go back and find out how many career sacks Deacon Jones REALLY had.  All I can say is, “Bring a large abacus.”

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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.