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What is up with this sudden competence in the Jets’ front office? That was impressive.

I said two months ago that Pete Carroll might be comfortable going into 2022 with Geno Smith as his starting quarterback.  Hmmm. Oh, and the Seahawks also quietly did a very nice job in the draft.

So I was watching video highlights of Packers draft pick Christian Watson, the WR from North Dakota State. Dang, he looks and moves just like Jordy Nelson!

Some things just seem natural. The Saints are close to signing free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu. That’s good for everybody. I hope they get it done.

It can be very relaxing to not have a dog in the fight. I really like both the Warriors and the Grizzlies. Not only do I hope their battle goes seven, I wish they could play a best of eleven series. That’s good stuff.

The Celtics got cooled off by the Bucks Sunday in Game One of their second round series in Boston. If the Celts’ offense can’t get something going in the paint, this could be a short series.

I was relieved when Boston’s Marcus Smart was able to return to the game after what proved to be a shoulder stinger. Smart initially looked like a candidate for amputation. Going forward in the series, it appears Smart’s injured quad is a bigger problem than his shoulder.

Wuddya think? Is the NBA overdoing the whole replay challenge thing?

That got a little hairy for Jon Rahm on 18 yesterday in Mexico, didn’t it? But he got it done, and he will be a very tough out in the PGA three weeks from now.

I respect Rafael Nadal tremendously. I have little to no respect for Novak Djokovic. But they are both wrong in criticizing Wimbledon for banning Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament. No. Hell no. State sponsored genocide and war crimes have consequences across the board.

Oh, one more thing. Dammit, Astros!

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  1. As a Texas Longhorn fan, I believe the draft is overrated and the REAL suspense is the Sunday Undrafted Free Agent spree. Longhorns were busy on Sunday!!!

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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.