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Earl Thomas is old, cranky and tarnished.  And coming back, he says. The seven-time NFL Pro Bowl safety has been out of football for two years. When last we saw him, he was punching a Raven teammate, missing meetings and making headlines for allegedly being held at gunpoint by his (now-ex) wife. But the 33-year-old Thomas says he’s in shape and ready to return to the NFL.  I’m guessing the line of speed-dating candidates will be a short one.

Is it possible that it is the Chiefs…the CHIEFS…flying under the radar in the AFC West? Yeah, they’ve lost Tyreek Hill, Tyrann Mathieu and Charvarius Ward. But they still have Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid. And they have 12 draft picks, including two in each of the first four rounds. They’re not exactly in the poorhouse.

I started my Draft Week training last night. Yeah, I started it with some chicken wings.

The Cowboys have begun their formal conditioning program. Dak says he feels great and has unbridled optimism about his team’s upcoming season. Me? Not so much.

Brady is not only the GOAT, he is also TMCFQBOAT. The Most Cap-Friendly Quarterback of All Time. He just restructured his deal again, clearing $9 million in cap space for the Bucs.

Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. That means NFL football games on Christmas. Three of them. Suck it, NBA. The NFL is still The Dog. And you are still The Tail. I’m looking forward to opening my presents.

The Astros started the season 4-1. They are now 6-7, including 1-3 at home. I need to go out on the porch and mumble.

It was bad enough for SMU basketball when AAC Player of the Year Kendric Davis announced he was entering the transfer portal. But it got worse. Turns out that “portal” stopped at in-conference rival Memphis.

The NBA champ may not end up being the best team, but simply the healthiest. The last time I saw this many folks grab the backs of their legs was at a summertime picnic after the skeeters located their prey.

Hey, 19. Chris Paul has now scored 19 points or more in the third quarter four times in his career, including twice in the last five days. And best of all for the Suns, CP3 has NOT been one of the guys who has grabbed the back of a leg. (Yet?)  And he’s maybe the most frequent back-of-the-leg grabber in NBA history. You feel lucky, Suns?

Nothing says “April Saturday” like USFL football. Yeah, I’ll look in on Birmingham-Houston. Whatchoo gonna do?

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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.