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I have no dog in the NBA Finals fight. I just want a good series, and our chances of getting that were boosted by last night’s Game Two Warriors victory. Man, the third quarter has been a problem for the Celts, hasn’t it? And that’s been true throughout these playoffs. We’ll see if they can get it straightened out at home in Wednesday night’s Game Three.

Here’s the problem with being 36. You can score 26 points one night, as Boston’s Al Horford did in Game One. And score two points three nights later.

Shouldn’t Rafael Nadal be selected “Sportsman of the Year” every year? Unlimited respect for the athlete, the man and the humanitarian.

I’m an NFL history buff. But I admit I was not familiar with the story of former Packers running back Veryl Switzer, who died Saturday at the age of 89. Switzer earned All-America honors for three straight years at Kansas State before being selected by the Packers with the fourth overall pick in the 1954 draft. He started and starred in the NFL for two seasons before deciding to serve our country in the Air Force for three years. Switzer later returned to K-State, where he developed that school’s first student minority program and also launched a series of other organizations to aid minority students. A life well lived.

This scenario made me think. Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays held its annual “Pride Night” at their ballpark on Saturday. No problem or issue. As part of the observance, the team asked its players to wear rainbow-colored logos on their uniforms. Several Rays players declined to wear the logos, while also expressing verbal support for the LBGTQ community. No problem or issue there, either. Everyone handled this like civil adults, even in Florida. I choose to take some hope from this.

The Astros took two out of three in Kansas City. Yordan Alvarez is glowing hot. He had three hits, including a 456-foot homer, his 16th dinger of the year. Alvarez is hitting .556 during his current seven game hitting streak. ‘Stros back home against Seattle tonight.

The U.S. Women’s open went to an Aussie golfer. Nicely done, Minjee Lee. She was never pressed on Sunday at Southern Pines in North Carolina and cruised to a five-shot win.

Billy Horschel’s lead was down to two strokes at the Memorial. Then he poured in a transcontinental eagle putt at 15 and that was that.

It’s voluntary OTA time around much of the NFL, including Dallas. OTA? How about DGH? Don’t Get Hurt.

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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.