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LeBron needed 36 to pass Kareem. So it was a mortal lock he’d get at least 37. It wound up being 38 to make LBJ the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Fittingly, James set the record on a 14-foot fadeaway jumper. And predictably, the Lakers lost at home to the Thunder, 133-130. Did the whole thing feel kind of anti-climactic to you? Does the NBA in general seem anti-climactic to you these days?

The Chiefs are going to have to find a way to rush for 100 yards, just to keep that Eagle pass rush honest. Philly has had some trouble stopping the run, even after making a couple of run-stuffing midseason defensive acquisitions. The Eagles ranked 24th in run defense. Rookie running back Isiah Pacheco is a key chess piece for the Chiefs, both as a runner and a receiver coming out of the backfield. Kansas City has also activated RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire off injured reserve. CEH has been out with an ankle injury he suffered in Week 11. Andy Reid says he wants to see how CEH looks in practice this week before deciding whether he’ll play Sunday.

Derek Carr to the Saints maybe?  That sounds like a pretty good fit to me.

Speaking of good fits, Steve Wilks will do well in his new role as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator. And he will have a helluva defensive unit to work with.

Aaron Rodgers is going to embark on a four-day/four-night “darkness retreat” after the SB to ponder his future. I hope he doesn’t stub his toe. Watch out for that end table, A-Rod.

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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.