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Tiger has already won. He made it to the weekend. Astounding.

But the Green Jacket Derby is led at the mid-pole by Scottie Scheffler, who ran off three straight birdies on the back nine on his way to a 67. He’s eight under after two rounds and has built a five-shot lead.  That’s a big lead. That’s also big pressure.

I hope you didn’t miss this. Dabo Swinney said this week that there’s going to be a “complete blowup” of the structure of college football. Specifically, he predicts the Power 5 Conferences will soon break off and throw their own exclusive party. Stay tuned.

Happy and relieved the Texans were able to sign WR Brandin Cooks to an extension. Cooks has some star power, making him unique on the Texans’ roster.

The class-action suit filed against the NFL by former Dolphins coach Brian Flores is picking up passengers and momentum. The suit has now been joined by former Cardinals coach Steve Wilks and longtime NFL assistant Ray Horton, both of whom claim they were victims of discrimination in pursuing head coaching jobs. Horton’s allegation appears to be particularly hazardous for the NFL. Horton interviewed for the Titans head coaching position in 2015 after having served as the team’s defensive coordinator. But Tennessee gave the job to Mike Mularkey, who had finished the 2015 season as the Titans’ interim head coach. Mularkey is white. Horton (and Wilks) are Black.

Here’s where this gets potentially damning. Mularkey has admitted, on a podcast, that he was told that the Titans’ head coaching job was his, prior to Horton’s interview for the position, and that Horton’s interview would be conducted only to comply with the Rooney Rule. If we need background music for this, I would suggest Robert Cray’s “Smokin’ Gun.”

The Texans are now getting caught up in this web as well. Brian Flores alleges he was passed over for Houston’s head coaching job because either the Texans or the league were retaliating against him for filing his lawsuit against the NFL and several of its team. The Texans deny that charge. It should be noted that Houston ultimately promoted defensive coordinator Lovie Smith—who is Black—to the head coaching position.

Happy Sweet 16 to Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic, who Friday night picked up his 16th technical of the season and thus has earned a one-game suspension. That T looked pretty sketchy. We’ll see if the NBA rescinds it.

After opening the season with two wins over the Angels, the Astros are now on pace to go 162-0.

Finally, I’m just happy no one has died in that series between the Mets and Nats.

Y’all stay healthy, too…

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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.