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The Day Two story surrounding the resignation of longtime OU assistant football coach Cale Gundy differs significantly from the Day One story.

Gundy resigned after disclosing that during a meeting last week, he read aloud from a player’s iPad. He says his reading from the device included what he described as a “shameful” word. Gundy said he read the word once, inadvertently. He then resigned, framing that as a matter of personal integrity and accountability.

That account does not square with the one provided Monday by Sooners head coach Brent Venables. First, Venables disclosed that the “shameful” word was racially charged—presumably the most racially charged word. And Venables said Gundy read the word aloud multiple times, and not just once as he had claimed. Venables concluded that Gundy’s resignation was warranted, necessary and proper. Concluded Venables, “…his resignation was the right thing to do, and we will move forward positively.”

This just in. Aaron Rodgers is weird. He recently said he went on a “spiritual” trip to Peru prior to the 2020 season, which proved to be the third of his four MVP years. Rodgers says he drank a traditional South American psychoactive beverage known as ayahuasca. Might that have been a violation of the NFL’s drug policy?  The league says no, that it would not have triggered a positive test under the league’s protocols. But I can’t help but wonder if, once again, the NFL is operating under The Rodgers Rules.

That was a boss move by the Ravens, who Monday gave kicker Justin Tucker a four-year extension that makes him once again the undisputed highest paid kicker in the NFL. Tucker is the best kicker in league history, period. And at six mill a year, he’s a bargain.

Yes, I understand that pretty much everybody in America is dealing with severe travel issues, with hundreds of commercial flights being cancelled or delayed daily. But the WNBA has to address theirs. Players sleeping in airports? For right now, the league says it will only approve charter flights for WNBA Finals games.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

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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.