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The Celtics were pushed but were never passed in Miami as they finally got over the hump in the East. You probably already knew that Boston is the only NBA team with a winning record over the Warriors since Steve Kerr took over in 2015. But I just now learned that. This is gonna be fun! The forecast calls for Raining Threes.

Golden State has 123 Finals Games experience on its roster. Boston has zero.

I will understand, honor and respect whatever decision Giants manager Gabe Kapler makes on this Memorial Day. In the wake of yet another school massacre, I fully grasped why Kapler decided to stay off the field during the playing of the national anthem until he “feels better” about the direction of our country. I also understand why he says he is considering making a Memorial Day exception, to make it clear he deeply honors the memories of the fallen. The Giants play at Philly today. Kapler: “I think I’ll just decide what makes the most sense in the moment.” I’m good with whatever you decide, Kap.

Good 2-1 win by the Astros on Sunday to avoid a sweep in Seattle. Now it’s on to Oakland.

Membra when the Indy 500 was a big deal? Maybe it will be again. There were 300,000 fans at the Brickyard Sunday. That’s the biggest crowd to see an American sporting event since the pandemic started. That was an impressive win for Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson. But let me issue this “caution” to IndyCar. Stop artificially bunchin’ ‘em up late in the race. This ain’t NASCAR. And you don’t need a windmill hole.

You love your bestie. Your bestie loves you back. But you deeply want to kick his ass. And he deeply wants to kick yours. Sam Burns shot a final round 5-under par 65 to climb from seven shots down and get into a playoff with his bestest pallie Scottie Sheffler at Colonial. Burns had finished his round two hours earlier, and had to re-start his body amidst near triple digit heat and gale-force winds. He wasn’t back out there long. A 38-foot birdie on the first extra hole earned Burns a million and a half dollars, a nice vintage Firebird, and the right to lord this over Sheffler—at least until next time. Priceless.

Man, I had to turn away from the tv as Harold Varner III came undone on the back nine. Triple bogey. Two double bogeys. Then another triple. He shot 10 over 45 on the back side. There’s just not enough beer in the world…

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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.