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The Jolly Roger has put his cards on the table. And his hand is a full house. Goodell Tuesday stated what we all have known—that he believes Deshaun Watson’s actions warrant a suspension of at least a full season. I fully agree. Anything less than that would make a mockery of the player conduct policy, establish dangerous disciplinary precedent and further damage the league’s shaky relationship with women in general.

Goodell described Watson’s actions as “egregious” and “predatory.”

I was a huge Deshaun Watson fan. Was.

Not that there really was ever a doubt, but Baker Mayfield will clearly be the Panthers’ starter. Even though he is still learning the playbook, Mayfield is tearing it up in camp. Look, he’s done things that drive me crazy and I think he has often behaved immaturely. But let’s not forget how very well he played in 2020 in leading the Browns to the playoffs. Last year was a bust because of injuries. He’s once again healthy and hungry.

Can the Bears win even four games this year? They have no healthy receivers, Justin Fields is nowhere near ready to play at a winning level, and now the Chicago front office has ticked off their most athletic player. LB Roquan Smith is demanding a trade.

Remember Week One last season when the Packers got blown out by the Saints 38-3? Green Bay coach Matt LeFleur does. And for that reason he has hinted that Aaron Rodgers may see at least a little action in the Pack’s final preseason game at Kansas City. Rodgers has not played in a preseason game since 2018.

What’s going on at Patriots’ camp, particularly on offense? It looks and sounds chaotic and uncertain. Imagine ever associating the Pats with “chaotic and uncertain.”

Did you see the video from Bills camp? Backup QB Case Keenum dressed up like a fan—complete with a hat and very dark glasses—and started pestering Josh Allen for an autograph after practice, telling Allen, “You’re my favorite player.” That warranted a noogie from Allen once he caught on.

Yes, I often can’t remember where I left my cell phone. Maybe I should start checking third base. Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was sliding into third Tuesday night against the D-Backs when his phone came flying out of his back pocket. Oops. Wanna get away?

Sportsmanship is not dead. That was quite a moment Tuesday in Waco in a Little League playoff game. A pitcher quite unintentionally hit an opposing batter in the head. The batter was able to stay in the game and go to first base. The pitcher cried uncontrollably. The batter then came to the mound to console the pitcher who had just hit him in the head. Hugs ensued.

Finally, a U.S. District Court judge told three pro golfers who have defected to the Murderous Saudi Blood Money Sportswashing Tour to get outta here. The golfers had the audacity to contend they should be allowed to play in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. That won’t be happening.

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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.