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You don’t want to read this any more than I want to write it. But two months ago we all thought we were going to have a “normal” football season. We were all wrong.

Sadly, I am telling you now that this season will be even MORE messed up than last year, at all levels of football. And these new and preventable tensions are going to tear at teams from your local middle school through the NFL.

Thank your unvaccinated neighbor.

I’m hearing there are multiple NFL teams who are willing to trade for Deshaun Watson, despite the certainty that The Jolly Roger is gonna sit him down for at least most if not all of the 2021 season, no matter what happens to Watson in the legal system. Eagles, Broncos, Panthers and Dolphins might take the plunge.

Houston QB?  Tyrod Taylor will begin the season as the starter. But the more I look at third round draft choice Davis Mills (Stanford) the more intrigued I get. Dayum. Big ass arm.  And he has a “cool” about him.

The Packers are trying to get the band back together for the A-Rod Farewell Tour. Aaron wants Randall Cobb back? Then Aaron will get Randall Cobb back.  The Packers and Texans will work that deal out, probably by the time you read this.

But understand this. This is not gonna be a grand exit for Rodgers, and this is not going to go well for the Packers. The tension in that locker room will be endless and stifling. Guys are gonna get sick of being asked about this melodrama every day, and it will cleave that team.  So I’m not gonna wait. I’m picking the Vikings to win the NFC North right now.

Malik Hooker is a nice pick-up for the Cowboys, even though he’s coming off an Achilles injury. Pro.

Yeah, like you I sometimes get tired of guys demanding to re-work their contracts. But disgruntled Dolphins corner Xavien Howard may have a case.  He had ten picks last year. Did you hear what I said?  TEN PICKS, the most by any NFL player since 2007. TEN PICKS.  To quote Lil’ Penny, “THAT’S TYRA BANKS, FOO!”

WFT Coach Ron Rivera says he’s beyond disappointed by his team’s dismal vaccination rate.  Careful, players. Your coach is a badass. He kicked cancer’s ass. He can kick yours.  WFT?  How about “WTF”?

“Dear SEC. If you invite us to the prom, we promise our dresses will hit the floor before the ten o’clock news. Unless we get a better offer.” (signed) Yootee and Au Jus.

Astros are going for it. Now. Bullpen was their one owie. Not anymore. We welcome former Mariners’ reliever Kendall Groveman, who has not allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances.  

Simone Biles has an injury that prevents her from competing in a sport in which a lapse in confidence and concentration could lead to catastrophic injury. She has my unqualified support. Now awaiting a barrage of criticism from old fat guys who can’t touch their toes accusing Biles of a “lack of mental toughness.”

And you know what I always say. “When you’re feelin’ the heat, take it out on Iran.”

Until tomorrow, very truly yours, Wednesday Addams.

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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.