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Things just got real! The release of the full 2022 NFL schedule Thursday night means we are now rolling downhill toward September. YOWW!

Quick-flash reactions:

The Cowboys’ sked is not nearly as “easy” as some folks are saying it is.

The league did the Texans zero favors. Houston plays back-to-back home games only once, and that Week 6 bye is WAY earlier than any team would like.

I have NEVER seen the NFL load up the MNF schedule the way it has this time. That is Big Dog on Big Dog almost every Monday. Buck and Aikman must be feeling pretty good.

THREE NFL games on Christmas Day? Poor little NBA…

I have the pleasure of being on the Chris Duel show this morning at 7:06 on The Ticket 760. We’ll hash all of this out but good!

Do you understand all of this Jerry Jeudy stuff? And if you do will you give me a call and explain it to me?

Not a second after the Sixers make their annual second-round exit, Joel Imbiid pointed his large fingers at teammate James Harden. The fact that Imbiid is not completely wrong doesn’t make it any less icky.

The Suns wouldn’t blow it…again…would they? It is lumpy throat time in Phoenix. It will be hot in the desert on Sunday.

Ten straight for the ‘Stros. Houston starting pitching has been dominant. During this streak, the Astros have posted five shutouts and given up a total of 11 runs.

All of this yapping between Astros owner Jim Crane and Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman about 2017’s SignGate scandal is petty and juvenile. That’s probably why I’m enjoying it so much.

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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.