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Comforting to know that Brady will be financially secure following his retirement from the NFL and that he’ll have something to fill his free time. One question. Will he actually be any good as a tv analyst? I’m not saying he won’t be. But neither am I sure he will be.

Oh, ok, one more thing. Did you get the feeling that yesterday’s announcement by Lachlan Murdoch was timed to bump up Fox’s stock price?

Rams and Broncos on Christmas? Yeah, I’ll probably carve out some time for that. The NFL is again doing a masterful job of teasing ahead to Thursday’s release of its full 2022 schedule.

The Texans are loading up on veteran defensive ends. They added a nice roster fit Tuesday with the signing of longtime Buffalo Bill Jerry Hughes. That guy has been a great player during almost a decade in Buffalo, he is regarded as a wonderful teammate and has Houston ties, since he grew up in Sugarland and played his college ball at Stephen F. Austin.  I like what Lovie is doing and how he’s doing it.

It is impossible to overstate the damage that Urban Meyer did to the Jags’ organization in less than one season. What a bad guy.  And an incompetent one, certainly at the NFL level. Former Jags kicker Josh Lambo is suing Meyer for $3.5 million, claiming Meyer created a hostile work environment on the team. “Hostile work environment” is an understatement. I hope Lambo cleans Meyer’s clock. Is that petty on my part?

Joel Embiid was doing so well with the “good sport” thing. But after graciously congratulating Nikola Jokic for winning his second straight NBA MVP award, Embiid couldn’t resist taking a potshot at “the media,” saying that Jokic’s victory in the vote was driven by a “narrative.” WTF does that even mean?

Joel says he’s now solely focused on the Sixers quest for an NBA title. Well, that’s looking pretty shaky, too, following Philly’s Game Five loss to the Heat, leaving the Sixers one loss away from elimination.

The first two rounds of the NBA playoffs have been clouded by injuries to marquee players. Looks like that’s it for Ja this postseason following that bone bruise to his knee. That’s a shame, because he’s a needle-mover on tv, and his absence now pretty much hands this series to the Warriors.

Jeanie Buss says she just doesn’t know what to do. Uhh, that’s been apparent for quite some time.

Eight straight and looking great for the Astros. After pitching in only one game the past two seasons and undergoing Tommy John surgery, Justin Verlander is back, and just about unhittable. JV lost a no-hit bid in the 8th Tuesday in Minneapolis, but still got his fourth win of the year in a 5-0 shutout of the Twins. Houston’s starting pitching has been brilliant through the first month of the season.

Verlander was unable to complete what might have been his fourth career no-no, but 22-year-old Angels’ lefty Reid Detmers finished the job against the Rays in Anaheim. This reflects what a huge sports news day Tuesday was. Dude throws a no-hitter, and it’s the 11th item in my blog this morning.

Really? That was the first walk-off homer of Aaron Judge’s major league career? Huhhh…who’da thunk that?

Oh, you PGA Tour players who want releases to play in the first event of that Saudi Murderers’ Tour?  How about, “Hell, no.”

Finally, a loving and respect-filled farewell to Bob Lanier. “Global ambassador,” indeed. What a wonderful man. Nobody else will ever fill his size 22 shoes.

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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.