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Not cool, Vikings.  Rookie QB Kellen Mond tests positive. Starting QB Kirk Cousins now quarantined as a “high risk” close contact.  Backup QB Nate Stanley in Q for the same reason. Here’s what “high risk” close contact means.  It means your dumb ass is not fully vaccinated. Jake Browning, who is fully vaccinated, is the Vikings’ only available quarterback for at least the next five days.

Not cool.  And Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer is pissed. And he has every right to be. Cousins, in particular, has to be smarter than that and exhibit more leadership than that. Not cool.

At least one Vike is displaying some IQ. Congrats to RB Dalvin Cook, who just received his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Public Policy from Florida State.

I’ll tell you who is cool.  Trevor Lawrence. I saw a post-practice interview with him last night on the NFL Network. That kid gets it.

Lawrence, of course, was the first player taken in the draft. Saints rookie Ian Book was selected in the fourth round. No, Book is not going to compete with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill for the Saints’ starting job right now. But the Saints may get impressive ROI in him later. Throughout his career at Notre Dame, Book competed like a rabid badger. There’s a lot to like.

New Orleans is loaded at running back. Saints just added former Falcon star Devonta Freeman to their RB Room, joining Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. Freeman joins a Saints offense that includes his former Florida State teammate, Jameis Winston.

Speaking of running backs, the Browns’ Nick Chubb has a new three-year deal worth $33.6 mill, with 20 million guaranteed.  Most impressive stat? Chubb averaged more than ten yards per carry in the fourth quarter of all games last year. Did you hear that?  That’s “closing”!

Looks like the Dolphins and All-Pro CB Xavien Howard are going to work things out after all. That’s good if you’re a Dolphin. That dude had ten picks last year.

The NFL is a tough workplace. Cards’ inside linebacker Jordan Hicks hasn’t missed a start in his two years with the team. Rock solid. But Arizona drafted LB Zaven Collins with the 16th pick. Cards’ G.M. Steve Keim has told Hicks that he will not be allowed to compete with the rook for the starting job.

Seby Zavala of the White Sox has three career home runs.  He hit all three of them last night. First major leaguer to hit his first three HRs in the same game.

Three homers. That’s two less than the Giants hit in their 8-6 win over the ‘Stros.  Four of the five were off Zack Greinke. That ain’t good…

U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel is going home with five gold medals.  He’s only the fifth Olympic swimmer to get one for the thumb in the same Games. Last one in the men’s 4 X 100 medley relay. You do not mess with America in that race. We’ve never lost.

Let’s lean into August.

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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.