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The Washington Commanders are bringing back their marching band after a two-year absence. Presumably, “Hail to the Redskins” is no longer on the playlist.

Best NFL “house band” ever, IMO? The Bob Kuban Brass at St. Louis Cardinals game at the old Busch Stadium. Fabulous cover of “Let’s Groove Tonight,” by EWF. Don’t mind if I do!

Pete Carroll says he doesn’t anticipate his Seahawks trading for another quarterback before the start of the season. I believe him. I’ve said all along he is comfortable with Geno Smith. Pete is at a point in his life and career where he wants to do it his way, and that means running the rock and playing defense.

Now you chuckin’ in there, Astros! Kyle Tucker with the game-winning RBI in a 3-2 home win over the Tigers. That’s four straight W’s.

Shohei Ohtani Ruth? Eleven K’s and two hits?  One game? One man?

I guess the Mets were just lulling the Phillies to sleep until they posted a seven-spot in the ninth to erase a six-run deficit to win 8-7. I’m so glad that we have the Elias Sports Bureau to let us know that broke a string of 857 consecutive losses by MLB teams who were trailing by six runs or more in the ninth.

I’m not sure where the “line” is, but $40 million in gambling losses in four years is probably a “problem,” Phil.

Sergio Garcia says he can’t wait to leave the PGA Tour. So, what’s holding you up, man? The Saudis will love you.

Yes, the latest class of quarterback draft prospects was pretty underwhelming. But ultimately, I think four of them wound up in pretty good places for them. Pickett is a good fit in Pittsburgh, obviously. But Malik Willis will have a comfortable chance to develop in Tennessee, Matt Corral can let Sam Darnold take the heat in Carolina for awhile, and Desmond Ridder may end up being the starter in Atlanta before the end of the season. Sam Howell in Washington? That’s a project.

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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.