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Damien Wilson is an ex-Cowboy, at least. Does that count? Wilson, who now plays linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, was arrested in Frisco, Texas last week after his girlfriend told police he threatened to kill her. Charming. Wilson has been charged with assault with bodily injury of a family member. His attorney says the allegations are false. Wilson was a Dallas draft choice in 2015 and played with the Cowboys for four seasons.

So, it already had not been a good day for the Panthers, even before Carolina OC Ben McAdoo broke the dismal news that, at least for right now, Sam Darnold is the team’s starting quarterback.

Deshaun Watson is the Browns’ starter, assuming, you know, the Jolly Roger doesn’t sit him down for six games, or 17. Watson reported Tuesday for the first day of the Browns’ voluntary offseason program. Baker Mayfield was nowhere to be seen. Mayfield keeps trying to invent NFL romances. First, he said he was likely to be traded to Seattle. That was news to the Seahawks. Now, he’s saying maybe the Panthers will put a ring on it. Why? Carolina already has the likes of Baker Mayfield. He just goes by the alias of Sam Darnold.

I said this back in February. I think Pete Carroll would be perfectly comfortable with Geno Smith as the Seahawks’ QB-1. I think that’s the style PC really wants to play.

Cooper Kupp wants an extension. The Rams want to sign him to an extension. But Kupp is not being a jackass about it. And neither are the Rams. That’s refreshing.

You think there’s anything to this Brady-Dolphins thing? All I know is there IS some smoke there…And it does sound very Brady-esque.

Crimson Tide receiver Agiye Hall (no relation to Lani) is transferring to Texas. Yeah, I’ve seen him. He’s got some serious quicks. But pardon me if I don’t now immediately crown the Longhorns as national champions. This will, however, put even more spice in that Longhorn-Tide game September 9 in Austin. Oh, and remember that Sark was this kid’s OC at ‘Bama.

Ja Morant may turn me back into a hard-core NBA fan.

HBO done pissed off The Logo. Jerry West says the series “Winning Time” made him look like a loser. West says he wants a public apology and a retraction. If I were an HBO exec, I would give that serious consideration. Not to kiss Jerry’s ass. But to protect mine.

The Astros say they hope to avoid having to put Jose Altuve on the injured list with that left hammy tweak. Yeah, I hope they avoid that, too. That would be a good thing to avoid.

But speaking of hamstrings, at least I’m not (particularly) a Phoenix Suns fan. They must be on the ledge after watching Devin Booker grab the back of his leg. That franchise is snakebit.

I’m watching some international tv news as I type this at 4:39 a.m.  It’s fun to see which anchor can scrunch up his or her mouth the most and get the most faux-nasal in saying, “Mac-KRAWWN.”  Kinda like sports dudes used to make a big deal of over-pronouncing the “H” in Hakeem. I mean, once they found out there was an “H.”

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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.