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The Cardinals raised some eyebrows when they stuck that “home study hall” clause in Kyler Murray’s contract. In my view, they now have sounded a fire alarm by taking it out, and telling everybody about it. There was a reason that clause was in there—because Murray is an immature baby. And that’s the same reason they had to take it out—because Murray is an immature baby. The Cardinals just set fire to $230.5 million.

With Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner out of the picture, WR D.K. Metcalf is the face of the Seahawks’ franchise. And there’s a smile on that face after Metcalf Thursday signed a three-year extension that includes $58.2 million in guaranteed money. In a league full of athletic freaks, Metcalf is among the very freakiest. That guy is fun to watch.

Now we’ll see if the Ravens can get a deal done with Lamar Jackson, who is serving as his own agent. Does he have a fool for a client?

Apparently, Kenny Pickett threw a pick at camp Thursday. So I guess the Steelers wasted that first round pick. He threw an INT at practice. Clearly, he can’t play…

I read that Baker Mayfield missed a couple of throws at the Panthers’ camp, too. See? That trade was a bust…

The Astros can’t handle the lowly A’s. But they own the M’s.

Ohtani says, “I’m with the Angels right now.” Translation. He can’t wait to get out of there, one way or another.

Yeah, I smiled when I watched that highlight clip of 40-year-old Diana Taurasi dropping 30 points. I’m partial to old folks.

Bucs’ Pro Bowl center Ryan Jenson exited the practice field on a cart Thursday. Left knee. Not looking good. And the Bucs’ offensive line could be in real turmoil.

What’s this? You mean Arch Manning is no longer ESPN’s number one ranked 2023 recruit? You mean he’s fallen to number two? And the guy who has moved up to number one—Los Alamitos, California QB Malachi Nelson—has “committed” to USC but now says he’s going to visit Texas A&M? Chaos. Mayhem. Madness. (And are the Aggies gonna steal the Longhorns’ thunder yet again?)

I don’t think I’ve ever had an eleven-hour conversation with anybody. Only billionaires like Commanders’ owner Dan Snyder are that interesting, I guess. At least members of that House committee apparently found him fascinating Thursday as they continued to try to get to bottom of the Stench That Is the Washington Commanders. Eleven hours? What were they doing? A brisket?

Happy 29th birthday to Dak Prescott, who says this is going to be the “golden year.” Hmm. Anybody who was around for the Cowboys’ last SB is now in the Golden Age Home.

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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.