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DeAndre Hopkins says he’s “confused and shocked” by the news that he failed a recent drug test and has been suspended by the NFL for the first six games of the coming season for violating the league’s PED policy. Let me clear this up for you, Hop. You’re responsible for what you put in your body. Ignorance is no excuse. The NFL provides players with ample resources to avoid “accidents” like this. Interesting that this news comes four days after the Cardinals acquired Marquise Brown in a trade with the Ravens. Hopkins’ career is at a stress point.  He’ll turn 30 next month and is coming off MCL surgery.

All indications are that Hue Jackson is a liar. Harsh? Well, what would you call someone who apparently has falsely claimed the Browns tanked games in 2016 and 2017 when he was Cleveland’s head coach? If you recall, Jackson backed off that claim almost as soon as he made it. And a 60-day independent review led by former Security and Exchange Commission (the other SEC) chair Mary Jo White has determined there is no there there.

Uhhh, no. It would not be a good idea for the Jolly Roger to be the arbiter in the Brian Flores suit against the NFL that alleges racist hiring practices. How about a hard “no.”

More “buddy ball” in the NFL. It appears the long friendship between Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown played a major role in the trade that brought Brown to Philly from Tennessee. They go way back. Kinda like the way college teammates Derek Carr and Davante Adams have gotten back together in Vegas? Kinda cool, in my estimation.

Adrian Peterson has agreed to enter domestic violence and alcohol counseling. Yes. That’s a good idea. That was an ugly scene between Peterson and his wife aboard an airplane back in February. The 36-year-old Peterson says he wants to play a 16th NFL season.

Some things just seem natural. And right. Tyrann Matthieu is a Saint.

Do the Suns have an actual title or deed that reflects their legal ownership of the Mavericks? That’s ten straight Phoenix wins over Dallas.

It turns out that Phil Mickelson’s disgusting and hypocritical support for that proposed new Saudi-backed pro golf tour is what has crippled it. Good. Put that dog down.

Yay! Altuve is back from his hamstring injury. He went 0-3 with a walk Monday night, but the Astros beat the Mariners 3-0 to get back over .500.

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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.