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I was delighted to learn that Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko and Ken Riley are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as selected by the Seniors Committee. Anybody familiar with their resumes knows they belong, period. But so do players like Randy Gradishar and the late Tommy Nobis.

No, in this case I don’t think Aaron Rodgers was being a prima donna when he publicly called out some of his young receivers for their sloppiness in camp. I think he was doing what a veteran leader and multi-time MVP ought to do. Zero problem with that. Looks like they all talked it out on Wednesday.

You’re done, NCAA, at least with respect to bigtime college football. The CFP will inevitably take over. And it’s your own fault, NCAA. Arrogance, ignorance, unwillingness to change and pure greed.

I’m pulling for Sark. But things are not gonna change in Austin until that program’s culture changes. Sark calls the blemishes “warts.” He’s gonna need a case of Compound W to get rid of all those warts. I sincerely wish him well. Now he has to pick a starting QB.

It looks like LeBron got paid Wednesday. Gee, that’s a relief.

The Yankees finally won their third game of August, and with a walk-off grand slam. What a shame.

And the Astros finally beat the White Sox after blowing eighth inning leads in each of their previous two games.

Dang. That was not a “routine” appendectomy for Joe Burrow. Turns out his appendix had already ruptured before they got him into surgery. He has lost a lot of weight and needs to put some lbs. back on before that opener against the Steelers.

I feel badly for Drew Lock, who is battling Geno Smith for the Seahawks’ starting QB job. Lock was supposed to get the start in tonight’s preseason game against the Bears. But Lock has tested positive for ‘Rona. I do want to point out that Lock is vaxxed and did nothing wrong here.

Safeties used to be among the worst-paid players in the NFL. No more. The Chargers’ Derwin James did OK yesterday. Four years, $76.4 million, annual value of $19.13 million.

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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.