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That was a brilliant, if obvious, move by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. No NBA player on any team will ever again wear jersey number six. That’s Mr. Russell’s number, and now will forever be his alone. I don’t think that goes far enough. I think we should retire #6 from mathematics. From now on, we all count “…four, five, seven, eight….” You with me?

Brady has a right to protect his privacy, but, sure, I’m curious about the “personal matter” he’s addressing while he takes a week-and-a-half leave of absence from the Bucs’ camp. Bucs’ coach Todd Bowles says this is something he and Brady discussed before camp started. This shouldn’t impact Brady’s preparation for the season in the least, but it could interrupt his developing chemistry with newly acquired receivers Julio Jones and Kyle Rudolph.

After beating the Titans Thursday night, the Ravens have now won 21 straight preseason games dating back to antiquity. True, it’s irrelevant. But, still, do you have any idea how difficult and improbable that is?

And after watching at least parts of the Giants’ win over New England, I think we should end this mystery about who will call offensive plays for the Pats this year by turning those duties over to…me.

Let’s hope we don’t have a COVID outbreak on the Texans’ roster, especially in the quarterback room. Backup QB Kyle Allen tested positive on Thursday. Allen is competing with Jeff Driskel for the #2 slot behind Davis Mills. Houston opens the preseason Saturday against the Saints.

The Vikings sent QB Kirk Cousins home Thursday because of an undisclosed illness. Hmmm. Cousins is famously unvaxxed. We’ll see…

Forget that trade that would have sent Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen to the Texans in an exchange of draft picks. Shaheen is headed back to Miami after failing his physical because of a “pre-existing” knee injury.

Las Vegas police found former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch asleep in his damaged sports car Tuesday morning. The police report says Lynch had “one shoe on and one shoe off” and that he smelled of alcohol. It also said the car was undriveable and that markings suggest it had hit “sidewalk areas” before stopping in a downtown industrial section. Lynch was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Here’s the defense his lawyers are presenting. Since Lynch and his car were found in a parking area, he was not driving at the time and therefore there is no “D” in DUI. Lemme know how that works out. The incident occurred just a day after Lynch had landed a broadcast correspondent job with the Seahawks.

Nice recovery by the Jets, who earlier this week lost starting left tackle Mekhi Becton for the season with a fractured knee cap. So Thursday the team signed veteran free agent tackle and five-time Pro Bowler Duane Brown. Brown is 37, but he did not miss a start the past two seasons while playing in Seattle.

Congrats to my favorite college basketball coach, Tom Izzo, who Thursday got a new five-year deal at Michigan State that includes a $2 million annual raise. Izzo is old and cranky and likes football. That probably accounts for my affection.

Best thing about the Astros’ 7-3 win over the Rangers? Yuli Gurriel, who has been in a season-long slump, had three hits. Oh, and the ‘Stros now have the best record in the American League.

Yeah, that Field of Dreams thing was cool. My heart and my ass aren’t THAT hard and cold.

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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.