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That was a nice Friday payday for Spurs forward Keldon Johnson. Eighty mill on a four-year extension. The one thing we know is that the Spurs have a plan. And Johnson is only 22.

Tight end Dalton Schultz and the Cowboys couldn’t get a long-term deal done before Friday’s deadline, so he’ll play under the franchise tag this season. And, remember, the Cowboys can tag him again next year if they choose.

There’s a similar standoff in Kansas City with tackle Orlando Brown. We’ll see if Patrick Mahomes’ blindside protector shows up for camp on time.

The Texans have settled with 30 women involved in the Watson fiasco. The women had claimed the team enabled, aided and abetted Watson’s conduct. With this mass settlement, the Texans apparently think they’re now off the hook. We’ll see if the Jolly Roger agrees.

Dear Golf Gods. Please let the final twosome on Sunday at St. Andrews pair either Scottie Scheffler or Rory McIlroy against Dustin Johnson. Blood?

A fond competitive to one of my all-time favorite athletes. Allyson Felix stepped off the track for the final time Friday at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Her bronze medal in the mixed 4 X 400m relay was her 19th medal at world championships. Nobody has ever done it better, or with more joy.

Sure, major league baseball players aren’t hurting for cash. But life in the minors can be rough, and even abusive.  I was happy to see that MLB is going to have to fork over $185 million to settle a class action suit filed by minor leaguers who have been victims of minimum-wage and overtime violations by teams.

I think the day when you are no longer Russell Westbrook’s agent is probably a pretty good day, at least as it impacts your mental health. Thad Foucher is free!

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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.