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Bill Russell was the most revered teammate in the history of American professional sports. But it was his love and respect for his teammates that elevated him to our sports pantheon. Russell was the right human being at the right time as a competitor, a philosopher and a cultural warrior. Bill Russell was also a great American, because he refused to let us off the hook in pursuing our promise. The biggest tribute we can pay him is to continue the pursuit.

His societal impact should never obscure or diminish his athletic brilliance. He had the greatest reflexes and sense of timing the sports world has ever seen. Ever.

We’ve had some false alarms during the past couple of weeks. But it looks like today (Monday), we’ll get a preliminary ruling in the Deshaun Watson case. I say “preliminary” because there is an appeals process available to both the NFL and to Watson. It’s interesting that the NFLPA has already announced it will not appeal the decision of disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson. Hmmm. Has this decision been leaked?

In my mind, Watson deserves an indefinite suspension of at least a full season. Keep in mind that he just agreed to settle three of the four active civil suits against him. But the NFLPA has warned that any punishment it considers excessive could result in a massive lawsuit in federal court. That’s a can of worms the league would much rather not open. If nothing else, today’s decision will give us an accurate assessment of the balance of power between the league and the players association.

The Cowboys haven’t been to a Super Bowl in 26 years. But, hey, they lead the league in jersey sales and, valued at $7.64 billion, are the most financially valuable franchise across all sports. So let the arrogance continue! We’re Number One!

This caught my eye. The Bengals, at “only” $2.84 billion, are five months removed from a SB berth. And they could be six months away from another one.

I’m glad the ‘Niners and Deebo worked it out. They’re a perfect fit.

Walk it off, Yordan!  Great performance by Jake Odorizzi as well. That was a nice bounceback from Saturday night’s aggravating loss to the Mariners.

The Rangers have been the victim of three “immaculate innings” by opposing pitchers this season. (Defined as nine straight strikes resulting in three straight K’s.) In each case, Ezekiel Duran was one of the Rangers’ batters. That could, you know, give a guy a complex…

Tell me why Tony Finau would not be considered the world’s number one golfer. He’s certainly the hottest one.

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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.