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For months, we’ve been told that former Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson was a lock to be the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday night. Apparently, that was then and this is now. Las Vegas sportsbooks have now declared ex-Georgia Bulldog Travon Walker to be Da Man the Jaguars (barring a trade) will take. Funny how these perceptions change as the draft approaches. It’s almost like political election races, especially primaries. The early favorite is almost never first at the finish line.

Sure, I’m as curious as anyone else to see how the Broncos do with Russell Wilson at QB. They should be ready to roll. I’m even more curious about Tua and the souped-up Dolphins. Mr. T is going to be under crushing pressure. We’ll see how that goes.

Bengals’ WR Tee Higgins is a stud, and he was a big part of Cincy’s Super Bowl run. Higgins will miss the team’s offseason program after undergoing surgery to repair a shoulder injury that nagged him throughout the 2021 season. Higgins should be good-to-go by training camp. Yes, I am a Tee Higgins fan.

I hearya, Niners’ G.M. John Lynch. I ain’t trading Deebo Samuel either. Why the hell would I do that?

Damn, we got a full-blown hamstring pandemic going on in the NBA Playoffs. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell is the latest casualty.  Okay, everybody now…”My LEGGGGG!!!”

Yes, I know Kyrie Irving has some reported basketball skills. But why would anyone want that clown on their team? Sweep him out, kinda like the Celtics did to the Nets.

Remember the Alliance of American Football (AAF) spring football league that made it all the way through eight whole weeks of its first and only season in 2019 before it folded with almost no warning? I do. I liked it. And I thought the San Antonio team (the Commanders) was a fun watch.  The AAF ran out of money. This probably accelerated that process. One of the early investors in the league has pleaded guilty in an alleged $600 million cryptocurrency scam that prosecutors say contributed to the AAF’s abrupt exit. If you run into a 60-ish guy named Reggie Fowler, don’t let him into even your fantasy football league.

Good thing we NEVER have financial irregularities in the NFL, right? The Washington Commanders say, “Hold my beer.” That franchise is the Jolly Roger’s Number One Problem Child.  Now we have Congress and attorneys general and folks like that involved. Say goodbye, Dan Snyder…

What the hell is up with some people? A former Phoenix Suns assistant ticket manager has pleaded guilty to illegally and illicitly selling 2,800 tickets for personal gain over a three-year period. Dude’s gonna have to pay back a half-million dollars and cool it in jail for a while. Oh, and this is all separate from the NBA’s investigation of Suns’ owner Robert Sarver and the workplace culture he has created.

Here’s something else I haven’t forgotten. Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons and two other men still face felony assault charges for allegedly severely beating a man in Las Vegas the weekend of the Pro Bowl. Isn’t the Pro Bowl supposed to be a non-contact event?

Lefty says he may play in the PGA and the U.S. Open, and has requested clearance from the PGA Tour to play in the first event of the Saudi Arabian Murderers Tour in June. I just wish we still had pay phones so I could flip Mr. Smarmy a quarter and tell him to call someone who cares.

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  1. Hey coach! long time, 6th time.
    You mentioned Dan Snyder… Do you think if he’s forcibly removed he’ll burn it all down on the way out… starting airing out the league’s dirty laundry? I’ll hang-up and take your answer off the air.

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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.