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Lamar Jackson says he’s still not sure about getting vaccinated. This despite the fact he’s had COVID TWICE in the past eight months, the latest episode costing him and his team 10 days of training camp work.  I guess he’s waiting for a little more “research.”

Saquon is off the PUP and back at work with the Giants. Wishing him a full recovery from that torn right ACL he suffered last year in Week Two.

Deshaun Watson is back flipping the rock at Texans camp after five days “off.” The Jolly Roger is gonna make sure he has much more “downtime.”

Arizona is one of the places that recently allowed sport teams to offer sports betting to fans.  The NFL’s Cardinals jumped all over that. The Cards will have a retail sports book up and running at their stadium in Glendale when the season opens a month from now. I’m fine with it.  Not because I don’t care about competitive integrity, but because I do. This will make things CLEANER.

I haven’t always been a Lane Kiffin fan.  Ok, like “not ever.” But I gotta give him credit for this. He lost 30 pounds over the offseason. He says he realized it was hypocritical for him to demand that his Ole Miss players be in top condition and eat cleanly when he was a blob. Kiffin says he saw a picture of himself at last year’s bowl game and, “I looked like an anaconda that had swallowed a deer and the deer got stuck in its throat.” So he did something about.  Big props. I need to have the same realization and pursue the same solution.

I watched the Steelers practice Sunday on the NFL Network. Najee Harris was showing off, slowly and smoothly rolling backwards into a handstand, and making it look like he was just yawning. “Core strength”? How about “core steel.”  NFL Network guy asked Najee about it, but pronounced his name “Nah-zhay.”  Nope. Just Najee.  Nodge-ee.  As in, “I’m gonna put a nodge-ee on your head!”  Rookie was delightful. Lotsa fun. Made me wonder what his relationship with Saban (that’s SAY-ben, not Sah-BAN) was like at ‘Bama.  I bet that was a crazy ride for both of them. Rook is gonna put some boom back in the Steelers’ running game.

Rockies might wanna find a new name for their mascot. Just so nobody gets their signals crossed.

Finally, best wishes for a full recovery to my longtime friend, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. Tito stepped down for the season late last month while battling a staph infection. Yesterday he underwent hip replacement surgery. Good dude.

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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.