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The Packers released Rodgers on Tuesday. No, not Aaron. Amari, who will not be returning punts or doing anything else for the Packers after putting the ball on the ground yet again in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Take care of the rock or change professions. That dude had fumbled four punts this season. I’m sure he’s a nice person, but…

The other Rodgers, Aaron, says all NFL games should be played on natural grass. While I don’t necessarily disagree, if Rodgers thinks that will ever happen he is smoking grass as opposed to playing football on it.

There is genuine concern in the Colts camp for All-Pro linebacker Shaq Leonard, who just underwent his second back surgery in five months. No bueno. No bueno at all.

Tweet of the day from Rams receiver Cooper Kupp, who has been placed on IR and will undergo ankle surgery today. “Thanks to everyone who has reached out and sent prayers. This is unfortunately just part of the game. Appreciate having a trusted medical team around me. Gonna get this thing fixed, and then get back to work to get back to work!”  And that, folks, is just one more reason to love Cooper Kupp.

Commanders coach Ron Rivera says he hasn’t decided what he will do when injured QB Carson Wentz returns from his finger injury. Lemme heppya out, Ron. Open up the Henicke. Your offense looks way sharper with Taylor at the controls. I strongly suspect that’s what Coach Rivera is gonna do, anyway.

This is an interesting case. Broncos linebacker Aaron Patrick has filed a lawsuit against a series of defendants, claiming their negligence resulted in the season-ending knee injury he suffered in an October game against the Chargers at SoFi. Patrick collided with a sideline worker and then stepped on a mat that covered television cables. He’s through for the year after tearing his left ACL. Patrick is going after everybody, including the NFL, the Chargers, the Rams, SoFi Stadium and ESPN. He states that he has been damaged monetarily, since his contract with the Broncos states that he will not be paid for any games he misses as a result of injury. Sideline negligence and sloppiness is a chronic problem at every level of football. I think Patrick has a very strong case. There will be a lot of eyes on this one.

Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU, in that order? I’m good…for now.

Shout out to my boy, Guardians manager Terry Francona, who has been named AL Manager of the Year for the third time. Three ain’t no fluke, wouldn’t you agree? T and I go way back. Uncommonly good dude.

I can’t begin to imagine the pain on the University of Virginia campus. It’s frankly more than I can take. Please don’t ask me for any words of wisdom or guidance. I don’t like this world very much right now.

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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.