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Ryan Tannehill took a bad rap a couple of weeks ago when he told the media it is not his job to mentor Titans rookie Malik Willis. He’s right. It’s not. Tannehill did not say he was going to cold-shoulder Willis or in any way be a bad teammate. He said he would always answer Willis’s questions and help the rook when asked. Tannehill merely said it was not his job to initiate any tutoring. That’s on Willis, who says he gets all of that and is off to a good start in his relationship with Tannehill.

Panthers rookie QB Matt Corral says he has a chip on his shoulder the size of a garbage can lid after falling to the third round of the draft. I’m not concerned about the chip on his shoulder. He’s a fierce competitor. I’m concerned about the size of his shoulders, and the rest of his skinny frame. I hope I’m wrong. But I’m afraid he’s going to get broken in half.

Ten road underdogs in NFL Week One? That should generate some “chippiness” itself. Those dogs include the Cowboys—who open at home against the Bucs—and the Texans, who host the Colts. This is interesting. Check the last couple of years. The home field really doesn’t mean much in the NFL anymore.

Jeudy, Jeudy, Jeudy. The girlfriend of Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy and mother of his one-month-old daughter Friday asked a judge to dismiss charges against him stemming from a non-violent dispute Thursday. She alleged Jeudy locked some of her belongings and items for the baby in his car, preventing her from leaving their home.

Looks like the Warriors have gotten the band back together, wouldn’t you say?

I bet the Suns wish they were playing Game Seven against the Mavs today rather than Sunday. They’ve probably got the shivering shakes right now.

The Celts will be at home in Game Seven Sunday against Milwaukee. Advantage Bucks? Neither team has won two straight games so far in this series.

The Sixers say coach Doc Rivers will be back next year. The team can now go ahead and book another second round exit in 2023, freeing players and coaches to book flights to Cancun in mid-May.

I suppose this would be the definition of a wire-to-wire win. Altuve homered to dead center on the first pitch of the game, and the Astros never looked back, posting their 11th straight win Friday night by beating the Nationals 6-1 in D.C.  Houston goes for a club record 12th straight Saturday with Christian Javier on the mound.

Phil Mickelson has announced he will not play in next week’s PGA. That will make the tournament much more enjoyable for me.

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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.