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Sail on, Rod Gilbert. You were truly great. It’s unfortunate that the national cable news anchor reporting on your passing this morning pronounced your surname “Gill-burt.”

No mispronouncing “Floyd Reese.” I was crushed to learn that the former Oilers and Titans G.M. died of cancer over the weekend at the age of 73. Mr. Reese was a tower of integrity. There was never any denying his toughness and inner strength, but he was a kind, gentle, considerate, thoughtful and personable man.

And speaking of great men, happy birthday to Rayfield Wright, as true a Cowboy as ever wore the star.

Five hundred homers is like, a lot, doncha think?  Congrats, Miggy.

Scouting reports before last Spring’s NFL Draft all said Trey Lance has the “it” factor. I think I saw some of it last night as he rallied the ‘Niners past the Chargers. He started his night like a Model-T. He ended it as a Ferrari.

I’m an Xs and Os nerd. Dang, I LOVE the design of the 49er offense.  It’s my favorite system and scheme in the league.

But ultimately the Chargers won.  How can they lose in those threads? New in town, sailor?

Bad news confirmed for Falcons backup QB A.J. McCarron. Blown right ACL. Out for the season. Birds gonna need another arm. Bortles is out there. As is Rosen. As is RG3, if they want to pry him out of the broadcast booth.

You ain’t gonna be able to pry me out of the booth with a crowbar.  I got me a gig Friday night.  Have poster board.  Will travel.  I love this shit.

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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.