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A mere six-game suspension is a travesty to begin with. But here’s what is going to bite the NFL. In explaining her decision, discipline officer Sue L. Robinson wrote that Deshaun Watson engaged in “non-violent” sexual misconduct. There’s no such thing. Sexual misconduct in this instance involved non-consensual sexual contact. Non-consensual is definitionally violent.

Right on schedule. Cowboys receiver James Washington went down with a broken right foot Monday in Oxnard. He’ll be out about ten weeks after undergoing surgery.  So a thin and unsettled receiving corps just became even thinner and more unsettled.

If you think COVID is a thing of the past in the NFL (and in America), think again. In fact, it could be a bigger problem in the league this season than it was in 2021. Protocols have been relaxed and our current vaccines do not prevent infection with this newest and most transmissible variant. If Joe Biden can’t be protected, nobody can. Ask 70-year-old Pete Carroll. Or 24-year-old Kyler Murray.

COVID will again have a major impact on football at every level, including the high school level. Maybe ESPECIALLY the high school level.

You go, Chris Boswell!  The former Rice Owl Monday signed a four-year, $20.5 million extension with the Steelers that ties him with the Ravens’ Justin Tucker as the highest-paid kickers in NFL history.

It’s admirable that Tiger reportedly turned down a $700-800 million dollar offer to join The Murderous Saudi Golf Tour. But it’s also nice to already be wealthy enough to turn it down.

If the Astros don’t win it’s a shame. The ‘Stros dropped one to the Sawx that they should have won Monday night. But the day was certainly not a complete washout for the team, which loaded up for a pennant run by acquiring first baseman Trey Mancini and catcher Christian Vasquez in separate trades. Both deals address pressing needs. Let’s all try to address our pressing needs today. Happy Tuesday from

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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.