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Neither the Cowboys nor the Texans messed up Thursday night. That may sound like faint praise, but I’ll consider it a “W” for both teams.

Picking at 24 in Round One, all of the elite edge rushers and receivers were already gone. That made it a no-brainer for the Cowboys to take an offensive lineman. They got a good one in former Tulsa guard Tyler Smith. He is smart and versatile. This is the fourth time since 2011 Dallas has drafted an O-lineman in the first round. The previous three—Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin—worked out pretty well, doncha think?

We…I…should have seen the Texans’ move coming. Lovie said two weeks ago that his team cannot play the kind and style of defense he wants to until it gets studs at CB. Spoken like the defensive guru he is. Any DC will tell you that if you don’t have badass corners, you are limited in what you can do schematically. Houston wound up with the most talented corner in the draft, LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. I’m a little concerned about his injury history and the slight drop-off in his play last season, but Lovie will get him right. And, yes, I would have taken Stingley ahead of Sauce Gardner, whom the Jets drafted with the very next pick. Excellent selection by Houston.

And then I came out of my SHOES when the Texans made their second pick of the first round, at #15. Former Aggie OL Kenyon Green is a BEAST! I’ve watched tons of video of that guy since The Combine. Hokie Smokes, Bullwinkle!  Big. Fast. But more than anything else, NASTY!  I mean, this guy plays with a ‘tude. I’m doing my happy dance!

I guess the Titans broke even. They traded star receiver A.J. Brown to the Eagles. But then Tennessee drafted former Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks, who reminds me of…A.J. Brown.

Nine first round trades. The first five picks were defensive players. Six WRs in the first round. I admit I was a little surprised that USC’s Drake London was the first receiver taken, going to the Falcons at #8. He’s a hellacious “offensive rebounder” on 50-50 balls, but he’s pretty raw as a route runner.

I was thoroughly entertained. And, believe it or not, I think Friday night (rounds two and three) will be every bit as interesting. How many quarterbacks go tonight? And where are they going?

Wow. The Cardinals are really kissing up to Kyler Murray. They gave up a FIRST ROUNDER to Baltimore in exchange for receiver Marquise Brown, who was a college teammate of Murray’s at OU?  I don’t get it.

I know ND safety Kyle Hamilton ran a slow 40 at the Combine. I also know he has wonderful functional football speed and a nose for the ball. The Ravens got a good one. There are many Pro Bowls in that guy’s future.

Pitt QB Kenny Pickett doesn’t have to pack up and move. That pick made a lot of sense for the Steelers at #20. This is not a great rookie quarterback class. But Pickett is the guy who is least likely to blow up in a team’s face, in my view.  That will be an interesting battle between Pickett and Trubisky.

From a purely talent standpoint, is it fair to say the 2021 Georgia Bulldogs defense was the best in college football history? FIVE first rounders, including the top pick. No wonder that Georgia D gave up only 16 touchdowns all season long.

Yeah, I know the Packers did not draft a receiver. Again. Enjoy the start of OTAs Monday, Mr. Rodgers.

It’s Friday morning and Chris Paul still hasn’t missed. Fourteen field goal attempts aren’t really a lot. But 14 field goals are. That’s the most buckets without a miss in NBA playoff history. And it’s on to the second round for the Suns.

And the Mavs advance after winning their first playoff series since 2011.

Doc Rivers is breathing again. His Sixers finally closed out a playoff series.

Astros above .500!  I just wish they could play the Rangers 162 times.

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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.