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There were a lot of Chiefs fans whistling through the graveyard on social media last night. I read a lot of “no big deal,” and “Andy will just find another one,” along with “Any fast guy will work in that offense.”

My responses to those statements, respectively? Wrong. Maybe. And wrong.

Losing Tyreek Hill is absolutely a big deal. Andy is versatile and adaptive, but this is gonna be a challenge. And, no, Hill is not just a “fast guy.”

Look, I understand why KC did this. It’s life in the NFL in 2022. The Chiefs couldn’t sign Hill to a fat extension because they were in Cap Hell, and the Dolphins made the Chiefs the proverbial offer they could not refuse. Five picks, including two in the top 50 of next month’s draft. Hill gets his bonanza, a four-year, $120 million dollar extension, 72 mill of which is guaranteed.

But don’t tell me the Chiefs will simply “reload.” There is no other artillery shell like Hill in the league. He’s not just a “fast guy.” He’s not just a “home run threat.” He’s also a chain mover, and has been almost as much a security blanket for Mahomes and Reid as Travis Kelce has been. I’d make the case that between his receiving, his kick returning and the way he draws coverage from other receivers, Hill is worth a touchdown per game, and that may be an underestimate. Don’t tell me this is no big deal. Hey, I love JuJu Smith-Schuster. But JuJu ain’t Tyreek Hill.

And now the Dolphins—the Miami Dolphins—may be becoming a very big deal indeed. They appear to be even more “all in” than the Rams were in ’21. Look at what they’ve done. Hill. Cedrick Wilson. OT Terron Armstead, who many considered the top freeagent available at any position. They also acquired RB Raheem Mostert, who was almost the Super Bowl MVP with the Niners three years ago and is once again extremely explosive.

The Dolphins are now better—way better—than the Patriots in the AFC East. And they may now be as good as the Bills. The question mark for me is Tua. I’m still not a believer, but the Dolphins have now given him as many weapons as a QB could want.

It feels like “cosmic justice” justice that CB Malcolm Butler is back with the Pats. His astounding interception to win Super Bowl XLIX over the Seahawks was one of the half dozen most memorable plays in SB history.

Happy to see veteran WR Robert Woods land with the Titans. Woods is a pro’s pro, and he’ll be a nice fit in Nashville. Mike Vrabel will know just exactly how to use him in that offense.

Wowzer. It seems like there’s been almost as much “free agency” among NFL broadcasting teams as there has been among the 32 franchises. I think this mobility is a good thing, even an exciting one. Buck and Aikman will bring some glitz and gravitas to MFF, and I’m very eager to see and hear Michaels and Herbstreit work together on the new Thursday Night package on Amazon Prime Video. That’s a dynamic pairing, and it will be interested to watch Herby do pro football on a regular basis.

But I’ll make this prediction confidently. The BEST of the NFL prime time teams will be Tirico and Collinsworth after we’ve been waitin’ all day for Sunday Night. 

Dear Texas Tech Red Raiders. Please do it.  That goes for you, too, Houston Cougars.

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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.