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Game One in the East tonight in Miami. It’s a matchup of familiar playoff foes as the Heat host the Celtics. The Eastern Conference Championship Series has been the end of the road for Boston in three of the last four seasons, but I think the Celts will get over the hump this time. I’m taking Boston in six, starting with a road win tonight. This should be a solid series pairing the conference’s top two seeds.

Man, it’s hard to believe that Erik Spoelstra is now in his 14th season with the Heat. And maybe even harder to believe that Ime Udoka is only a rookie head coach.

In the West, the Mavs’ ascent has been impressive. But the Warriors’ resurrection has been even more compelling. Golden State in seven.

CP3 says he’s not retiring. That’s most unfortunate. Dude…it’s time.

I’m starting to think maybe Rajon Rondo is just a bad guy. “Stuff” always seems to happen. This time it’s allegations about Rondo threatening a woman with a gun. Children were reportedly present.

I don’t know about you, but it looks to me that Drew Brees may be at least semi-serious about this comeback thing. I mean, he’s only 43, right? It’s not like he’s old like that guy in Tampa. Brees’ recent tweets strike me as trial balloons.

Brees has done nothing to distinguish himself as a broadcaster. (Kinda reminds me of Jason Witten.) I suspect he knows he is mediocre in that role. Achievers like to achieve in their fields of achievement. Brees is a quarterback. The problem is that by the time he retired following the 2020 season, he already could not throw a football across a walk-in closet. Still, this is intriguing…

You know who I want to watch play quarterback this coming season? Mac Jones. He did a lot of good things as a rookie. Still, I’m not convinced. This could be a pivotal year for him.

To date, Deshaun Watson has not invited me to accompany him and the Browns’ offense on their bonding trip to the Bahamas. My view is that they’ll have plenty of time to bond before anyone sees Watson in an NFL game, which will be September of 2023. The Jolly One is going to hammer him with a full-year suspension.

Here’s your Tuesday writing assignment, class. Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson—compare and contrast. GO!

Attention world. If you want me to do something this weekend, let’s do it Saturday. Ain’t movin’ off the couch Sunday. Don’t ask me. Final round of the PGA and conference finals hoops.  Joobet!!!

“Lower leg discomfort,” for Astros’ pitcher Jake Odorizzi? Lower leg discomfort? That LOOKED like lower leg detonation. Let’s hope for the best.

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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.