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As a young man myself, I was for the young quarterbacks. Damn. But the event did fund 10.26 million free meals for charity.

My heart sagged when I learned of the passing of Marion Barber III. Football fans loved him. I’m a football fan. So, I loved him. He played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I’m unfamiliar with all the details, but it’s my understanding Marion struggled personally after his retirement from the NFL in 2012. I wish him rest and peace.

Titans rookie WR Treylon Burks says he’s dealing with an issue as he transitions to the NFL. Burks has declined to disclose the nature of the issue, but says it is impacting his performance at the Titans’ OTAs. We do know Burks has a breathing problem that has required periodic use of an inhaler during workouts. I thought the former Arkansas star was the most intriguing receiver available in the recent draft, and I wish him the very best.

Football players are human beings. And they hurt and bleed like human beings. Comfort and support to now former Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt, who has retired from the NFL after sitting out last season to mourn the death of his brother. We should all remember that every single person we encounter is hurting in one way or another.

Kyler Murray showed up for the Cardinals’ OTA session Wednesday. News is defined as deviation from the norm. That was deviation from the norm. So that was news. Have I mentioned in the last ten minutes that I am completely out on Kyler Murray, both as a player and a professional? Murray made no promises about Thursday.

Think the Baker Mayfield melodrama has died down? Just wait.

How’s this for a tease? I think the Jon Gruden lawsuit will ultimately prove job-threatening for Roger Goodell. And I suspect the Jolly Roger knows that.

Baseball superstar Mike Trout says he may be done with being a fantasy football commissioner. Is that ever a fun job for ANYONE? Trout’s bottom line? “Every commissioner I know always gets booed.”

How’s this for chutzpah? The Yankees’ Josh Donaldson says he’s hurt that the team didn’t support him after he was given a one-game MLB suspension for directing a racist remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson that also was offensive to the family of the late Jackie Robinson.  You’re hurt that the team didn’t rally to your aid, Donaldson? Really? You’re lucky you didn’t get your ass kicked over by the water cooler. And that’s still possible.

Verlander is back on the horse. And that four run Houston rally in the ninth was nice, too!  So, Astros fans are breathing again.

Let’s go, Team Ukraine!

Madden is going to be on the cover of Madden. That seems about right to me.

Oh, yeah. I almost forgot. Game One of The Finals tonight. I’ll take the Dubs at home.

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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.