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Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff to Pac-12 Commish Bob Bowlsby. “Wanna catch some dinner and a movie? Maybe take a nice walk on the beach later? There’s a warm wind blowin’ the stars around, and I really want to see you tonight.”

Wonder how ex-Carolina Panther DB J.T. Ibe is doing this morning. He’s combing the want ads after being cut by Panther Coach Matt Rhule.  Ibe delivered an illegal hit to the head of Carolina receiver Keith Kirkwood yesterday at camp. Kirkwood is now out of the hospital. Ibe is out of a job.

It may have looked like Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was out of his mind. I think he was crazy like a fox. Jones jumped into the middle of a mindless training camp offense vs. defense brawl and was pinned underneath about six tons of Giant Meat. That made NY Coach Joe Judge briefly see his life flash before his eyes. Judge first cussed a Midnight Blue streak. (Judge is legendary for his ability to use the F-word as every part of speech. This guy is good.) He then ran his entire team until he could determine what each player had consumed for breakfast. Jones was later asked why he, the Giants starting quarterback, had risked injury by jumping into the brawl. “Hey, I’m on this team, too.” Dumb answer? Hardly. Jones knew exactly what he was doing. He is now The Man and has gained the respect and devotion of every guy on that team, defense included. It’s a stupid part of football culture, but an eternal one. Mr. Jones is no dummy. Remember, Danny went to Duke.

Wow. The vax rate on the Washington Football Team has jumped to 84 percent. That’s up from 70 on Saturday.  Why the new “religion”? Please always keep in mind that WFT Coach Ron Rivera was one of those mad dogs on the Bears’ 1985 defense, and that last year he kicked cancer’s ass. Seems Coach Rivera had a word with his team…

OK, I’ve heard of being sympatico with a teammate and feeling his pain, but this may have gone a little too far for the Colts. Last week Indy lost QB Carson “Emergency Room” Wentz for up to 12 weeks with a broken metatarsal in his foot. It’s a relatively rare injury. Yesterday, the Colts lost offensive lineman Quenton Nelson for up to 12 weeks with a broken metatarsal in his foot.

Does Carmelo Anthony still play basketball?

A consulting firm hired by the NCAA reports that the men’s basketball tournament has been disproportionately supported to the detriment of the women’s tourney. The consultant went on to determine that water is wet before sending the NCAA a BAB (Big Ass Bill).

Finally, 45.94.  Say WHAT? Huh? Norwegian Nightmare Karsten Warholm broke his own world record in Tokyo by busting 46 in the 400 hurdles. Huh? 45.94 would get you a leg on pretty much anybody’s 4 X 400 Olympic relay team WITHOUT HURDLES. That just ain’t right, man.

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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.