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That was total domination by the Celtics in last night’s 102-82 series-tying Game Four win over the Heat in Boston. I fully expect Boston to win this series, although my lifetime track record would indicate you should take no NBA betting advice from me. But I can smoke that brisket fawya…

Eighteen made three-pointers for Becky Hammon’s Las Vegas Aces in Monday night’s 104-76 WNBA rout of the L.A. Sparks. Vegas hit 11 of its first 12 threes of the game.

Physically, Pats quarterback Mac Jones looked a little “cheesy” and doughy in his rookie year. No more. He showed up jacked and bricked at New England’s offseason program, earning praise and respect from his teammates. Jones says all he did was clean up his diet and get more sleep. I should probably give him a call.

I’m totally turned off by Kyler Murray as both a player and a leader. He is both “Mr. September” and “Mr. Immature and Petulant.” He says he’s not going to show up for Arizona’s upcoming voluntary OTA because of his irrational contract dispute. Gee, maybe he’ll take all references to the Cardinals off his social media platforms again. Or hold his breath until he turns blue…

But since the Cards have clearly become the Reigning Drama Queens of the NFL, it’s natural they have been chosen as the featured team for the in-season version of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” for 2022.  There will be no shortage of prime-time soap opera content in the desert.

The Canadian Football League thought it had its labor issues fixed last week when negotiators reached a tentative agreement on a new CBA. But the players on Monday nixed the deal, putting the scheduled June 9 regular season open in jeopardy. In addition to the usual issues like salaries, practice restrictions and revenue sharing, there’s a dispute about the number of Canadians required to be in starting lineups. This is only the second work stoppage in CFL history, and the first since 1974.

Nebraska is suspending its tradition of releasing red balloons following the Cornhuskers’ first touchdown in every home game. Darn worldwide helium shortage. They sometimes have a touchdown shortage in Lincoln these days as well.

That was a solid decision by MLB to give Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson a one-game suspension, although I probably would have made it three. Naw, man. You can’t call an African-American opponent (in this case White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson) “Jackie” and then claim innocence. Donaldson is appealing the suspension, and, oh, he just came down with COVID, too.

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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.