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The NFL doesn’t do everything perfectly, or even well. But what the NFL does well it does spectacularly. The league got it right Thursday night in Phoenix with its annual NFL Honors presentation. The new Hall of Fame class. The 2022 season AP Award winners. The tribute to the amazing medical team that saved the life of Damar Hamlin. Damar Hamlin himself. The very moving salute to all the greats the game of football has lost in the past year. The NFL Choir.

And then there was George Kittle.

It all worked.

Heck, Kelly Clarkson even won me over in the final hour.

The night’s colors included a large splash of Cowboy blue. The incoming HOF class includes DeMarcus Ware, Zach Thomas, and, finally, Chuck Howley. The Star shined brightly.

And then there was Dak, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. I’m certain that Sweetness himself is fine with that.

A great night for the Great Game, indeed.

And a great night for the Jets, one that casts a bright light on that team’s future. CB Sauce Gardner and SuperSmooth WR Garrett Wilson swept the Rookie of the Year Awards on both sides of the ball.

The only thing I found surprising about Patrick Mahomes’s MVP selection is that two of the 50 voters didn’t have him ranked first on their ballots. Open and shut.

And did you see his pre-recorded video acceptance speech? That guy is always locked in. But did he appear especially focused to you? I will figure that into my Super Bowl calculus, as should the Eagles.

Brett Favre has filed three separate lawsuits against Mississippi auditor Shad White along with national sports commentators Shannon Sharpe and Pat McAfee. Favre accuses the trio of defaming him concerning the Mississippi welfare fraud scandal. The only person who has defamed and brought shame to Brett Favre is Brett Favre. He will lose these frivolous suits, if they’re not tossed out of court immediately.

If you want to sit at the SEC table, you have to tip the Maitre d’. It only cost the ‘Horns and Sooners a hundred mill to get a 2024 reservation.

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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.