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So much sadness, even in the sports world. I remain very disturbed by the death of Dwayne Haskins and all of the surrounding unanswered questions. Those he left behind are hurting to a tragic degree.

Former Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown was deeply loved, too. Brown died Sunday after a long and hard battle with cancer. He was 52. I most clearly remember him as an absolute beast of a running back with the Oilers in the early 90s.

If you know and love football, you know and love Calais Campbell. That guy is everything that’s good about the sport. CC is 35, but he’s coming back for more with the Ravens. Why? Because he wants to win a Super Bowl. Duh.

Think the transfer portal has caused chaos in college football? Basketball says, “Hold my beer.” It is going to be impossible to build and maintain a program in college hoops. Players are Have Gun Will Travel and coaches are going to have to spend more time with HR than with inbounds plays. AAC Player of the Year Kendric Davis just said bye to SMU, destination unknown. Oh, and that’s two years after he transferred to SMU from TCU.

Doncic has a calf sprain. That’s very bad news that comes at a very bad time if you are a Mavs fan. Fortunately, I am not a fan of The Hated Dallas Mavericks.  That said, I certainly wish him no harm.

“Play-in Tournament”?  Look, I understand why the NBA went to it. Just don’t expect me to get excited about it. It’s contrived, and I’ve never been a big fan of contrived. We just spent six months determining the top eight teams in each conference.

Eighteen months ago, Frank Vogel coached the Lakers to a title. That was then. This is now.

Russell Westbrook says he doesn’t understand why Vogel seemed to have an issue with him. I don’t know for sure, either. But it may possibly have something to do with the fact that Westbrook is a contender for the title of Most Annoying Person on Earth Not Named Phil Mickelson.

Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm committed three throwing errors in the first three innings of last night’s home game against the Mets. After the second one, tv cameras captured him saying, “I f—ing hate this place.”  He later apologized to the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia. He owned it. I found it to be “human” moment and even endearing. We can all relate. Oh, it should be mentioned that the Phils rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4.

There was some “double vision” going on Monday night in San Diego. Padres’ reliever Taylor Rogers closed out a 4-2 win over the Giants to record his third save. Losing pitcher? Tyler Rogers. Yeah, that would be Taylor’s identical twin brother. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the first time twins had pitched against each other in MLB history. And you don’t mess with the Elias Sports Bureau.

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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.