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All respect to retiring Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright. That’s the way you do that. A lot of his college coaching brethren could benefit by following his example.

Yeah, often a big run of injuries on a team is just buzzard luck. But sometimes it can stem from mistakes made in the team’s conditioning program. The Ravens were decimated last season to a degree I don’t think I’ve ever before seen. Twenty-five Baltimore players were placed on IR, including eight starters at the end of the season. You know what they say about continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results. So, the Ravens are changing their conditioning approach, in an enlightened way. They’re going to do LESS conditioning, not more. I think they’re on to something. In fact, I know they are.

And then there are individual players who appear to be snake-bitten by injuries. You know, like Saquon Barkley. He’s frustrated, and understandably so. I’m pulling for him. When healthy, he’s a unique player.

And injuries are the dominant story in the first round of the NBA playoffs. That, and Kevin Durant going 13-40 through two games.

Tua says he doesn’t feel more pressure because of all the big-name acquisitions the Dolphins have made. If that’s true, he doesn’t understand the situation. There IS more pressure. Lots more. Don’t deny it, overcome it.

Dwayne Haskins was walking to get gasoline. Tragic beyond words.

Panthers LB Damien Wilson has bonded out of jail after being arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend last weekend in Texas. Alleged details include a laptop disguised as a housecat, a tire iron, stolen keys, bushes, copious amounts of alcohol, another woman and a disagreement about when and how one crosses into “ex-girlfriend” status. Yeah, that’s the same Damien Wilson who was drafted by Dallas in 2015 and played four years for the ‘Boys before moving on. Wilson just signed a two-year, $6.9 million deal with the Carolina. Awkward.

Here’s a better story. Jets defensive end Vinny Curry is back with the team after missing all of last season with a rare blood disorder. Yeah, I like that better.

There’s a new virtual reality video game coming that is constructed from NFL players’ points of view. “Through the facemask,” as it were. Please don’t let me play it even once, because if I do that will be the end of my productive life.

What, exactly, does Deebo Samuel have to be pissed off about? And now he’s asking for a trade? That’s a short-sighted move, young man. The 49ers are the perfect team and Kyle Shanahan is the perfect coach to showcase your uncommon skills. Samuel has resorted to the trite move of removing all mentions of the 49ers from his Instagram account. Damn, I guess this is serious now…

Wayta go, Wimbledon. Zero sympathy for Russian and Belarusian players. Zero.

Seems there was a communications problem last night in D.C. Fortunately, that was not a suspiciously threatening airplane flying above the Capitol and Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium. But that was confirmed only after the Capitol was briefly evacuated and a lot of people were understandably scared out of their gourds. Turns out the aircraft was carrying members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights, who were there to parachute into the ballpark in a pre-game ceremony. Hmmm…seems like everybody coulda talked to everybody else prior to that fiasco.

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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.