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It could have been worse. I guess that’s my realistic/fatalistic reaction to Tuesday’s tweak of the NFL postseason overtime system. Look, the old rule absolutely made sense, and I’m happy it’s being retained for regular season games. But all the public and media braying following that divisional playoff game between the Chiefs and Bills made a postseason change inevitable. This one is relatively benign, and, yes, I understand the “finality” of postseason football.

I’m starting to feel that there’s a real chance The Jolly Roger is going to sit Deshaun Watson down for the entire ‘22 season. That’s “22,” as in 22 civil lawsuits.

But one way or the other, at one time or another, Watson is going to get his guaranteed $230 million. That has created Business Hell for Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti as he tries to develop a long-term negotiating plan for Lamar Jackson.

I’m glad I’m not the dude or dudette who now has to come up with a quick re-do of the 2022 Conference USA football schedule. Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss are splitting to the Sun Belt, effective immediately. Among the issues of conference realignments, NIL and the transfer portal, welcome to Unknown Chaos For the Rest of Our Natural Lives.

Tiger played all 18 at Augusta National on Tuesday, just 14 months after his wreck. So, he’s playing next week unless he says he’s not. And so far he has not said he’s not.

Yeah, I get tired of coaches whining and bitching. Especially basketball coaches. Especially especially college basketball coaches. But I kinda feel Buzz Williams’ pain. His Aggies are good, and should have received an NCAA berth. But now it’s on to the NIT Final against Xavier (not Javier) with the right to chant, “We’re Number 69!” on the line.

Did you see Doncic go 30-12-12 in the Mavs’ 128-110 blowout of the Lakers last night in Dallas? LA is now on the outside of the play-in picture looking in with seven games to go. I still think they oughta put a keg at midcourt for these “play-in” games.

“I’ll take ‘Dignity’ for four hundred, please.”

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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.