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It’s over between the Cowboys and Amari Cooper, who will be released prior to March 20, when he is scheduled to collect 20 million dollars if he’s still on the roster. So, he won’t be. When released, Cooper will count for just six million against the cap. Dallas needs every penny it can save to try to re-sign key free agents. The Cowboys’ receiving corps will look much different in 2022.  CeeDee Lamb will be the cornerstone, but the futures in Dallas of free agents Michael Gallup and Cedric Wilson are uncertain.

The Bills may be looking to shop Cole Beasley.  Hard pass.

One thing appears clear to me. The Cowboys’ 2022 roster will not be as good as it was in 2021. Dallas may have, again, missed its window of opportunity.

Nicely done, Brian Griese. Right after getting pushed out of the MNF television booth, Griese slides right into his new job as the 49ers’ quarterback coach. Good move, good hire. Griese’s cool demeanor will be an asset as he coaches up Trey Lance, since Jimmy G. is now clearly out the door. This is Griese’s first coaching job. I don’t see that as an impediment. Interesting that Niners’ G.M. John Lynch confirms that he was recently offered a “lucrative” broadcast job, but has decided to remain in the SF front office. Eight 49er assistant coaches have departed, for one reason or another, since the end of the season.

Lamar Jackson appeared on LeBron James’ YouTube interview show, “The Shop.” Jackson said he feels there is still some NFL institutional bias against Black quarterbacks. That, despite the fact that Jackson is one of four Black QBs who have won NFL MVP honors. I think there is a bias against NFL quarterbacks who can’t complete passes outside the numbers, regardless of skin color.

Still, Jackson is not totally wrong, as opposed to LeBron, who IS totally wrong. James told Jackson that he could relate, since he feels dissed for being left out of debates about the greatest scorers in NBA history. Yeah, LeBron. You’re a victim. You have been completely mistreated. You clearly have been discriminated against. (I need to go out to the parking lot and mumble.)

Of course, I watched the Combine Friday night.  I LOVE watching those big fellas in the offensive line run the 40. Couple of those guys can RUN.

And then there were the RBs. One of the reasons football continues to fascinate me is that the game is always evolving. I watched the RBs run routes and catch passes. It wasn’t that long ago that a lot of NFL RBs looked like they had their hands on backwards. Last night in Indy? They were all smooth. The were all precise. They were all “hand-catchers.” No dropped balls, no busted routes. Damn, I love The Great Game!

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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.