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It’ll be Hunker Down D time tonight in Game Three of The Finals in Boston. For all of their 3-point pyrotechnics, both the Warriors and Celtics are all about defense.

Sold, for $4.65 billion! That’s what the Walton-Penner ownership group has agreed to pay for the Broncos. Don’t worry, that’s Walton as in Walmart. They’re good for it.

Just when you thought the Deshaun Watson stench had at least maxed out…

I’m telling you. Watson will not play a down this season.

Oh, and it sure looks like the Texans were enablers in this mess.

Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard underwent back surgery Tuesday and will miss the start of training camp. Details of the procedure have not been disclosed. Both Leonard and Colts coach Frank Reich say the 5th year star should be ready for the start of the regular season. Leonard has earned All-Pro honors in three of his four years, and has compiled spectacular stats, including 11 interceptions, 15 sacks and 17 forced fumbles.  

Titans rookie first round draft pick Treylon Burks is battling asthma, a condition that has slowed the former Arkansas receiver’s progress in OTAs and minicamp. Tennessee is counting on Burks to fill the void created when A.J. Brown was traded to the Eagles.

D.K. Metcalf did not attend the first day of the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp. The athletically gifted receiver wants an extension to his rookie contract. He’ll get one. But in the meantime, his absence could cost him up to $93,000 in fines.

Aaron Rodgers now says he will “definitely” finish his career with the Packers. Aaron Rodgers says lots of stuff…

Raiders QB Derek Carr says he’d be fine if the club decides to sign Colin Kaepernick as a backup. Kaepernick worked out for the Raiders coaching staff a couple of weeks ago, but no decision has been announced. “Announced” is the key word. The club no doubt has decided, one way or the other.

Hey, Cam Newton. You’re starting to sound pretty pathetic. Actually, this process is not just “starting.” Cam says there are not 32 NFL quarterbacks better than he is. Cam is wrong. This is not 2015. That cape doesn’t fit anymore.

Twelve Ks for Verlander in the Astros’ 4-1 win over the Mariners. And Alvarez hit another homer, his 17th.

A 12-game losing streak can get even high-profile managers fired. Adieu to Joe Maddon in Anaheim. We also bid goodbye to any remaining integrity Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson had.

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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.