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While I still believe strongly that Deshaun Watson should have received at least a season-long suspension, I was gratified by the way the NFL and the NFLPA worked their way through this debacle. Settlement was better than arbitration or possible litigation.

An eleven-game unpaid suspension is significant, and that five million dollar fine is more than just a traffic ticket. Plus, the expansion of Watson’s suspension from six games to eleven significantly changes the way the Browns must now manage their season. With Watson out for only six games, Cleveland could have started 3-3 or even 2-4 without falling into an abyss. But if they go 4-7 over the first eleven, they’re done, especially in that division.

For now, the load is on Jacoby Brissett. Let’s see if the Browns chase Jimmy G.

This Brady thing is getting a little weird. He was expected to return from his team-approved leave of absence this coming Monday. Now that looks uncertain. The problem is not that Brady will be rusty when he comes back. He won’t. The issue is the impact that his lengthy absence could have on the rest of that offense, particularly with respect to new receivers like Julio Jones and Kyle Rudolph.

The Jets are delighted that Zach Wilson’s knee injury could be patched with arthroscopic surgery, and are not ruling him out for the season opener against the Ravens. I’d be very careful and very cautious. If Flacco has to go up against his old team, so be it. The Jets have made a series of really smart moves of late. Now is not the time to revert to their usual cluelessness.

The Seahawks are a mess. Drew Lock reportedly is really sick with COVID, and Geno Smith appeared to be sick of lack of support in Thursday night’s blowout preseason loss to the Bears. You know who looked pretty good in that game? Justin Fields. Really. I’m not kidding.

Yeah, I’ll check out the Texans against the Rams tonight. I’m on the Davis Mills bandwagon. He’d probably be surprised to find out he has a bandwagon.

That’s a 2021 World Series rematch tonight in Atlanta as the ‘Stros open a three-game set against the Braves. Let’s see how Lance McCullers Jr. does in his second start after missing the first four months of the season with arm trouble.

Too bad Houston couldn’t have put some of those runs in the bank in Thursday’s 21-5 annihilation of the White Sox. Alex Bregman did ok, I guess, hitting two homers and two doubles while driving in a career-high six runs. Nice rally by the Astros, who left Chicago with a four-game split after dropping the first two.

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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.