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I’m wearing a “Da Bears” t-shirt as I bang away here at 4:56 a.m. It was a conscious decision while I shift my gaze toward April’s NFL Draft. Chicago, of course, holds the top pick, and thus becomes the “dealer” in this poker game. So do the Bears “discard” QB Justin Fields and select either Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud? I’m not sure I’d give up on Fields just yet. That’s easy for me to say, since my job and my ass are not on the line, as they are for Bears G.M. Ryan Poles. The Bears hold a big pile of chips to play with, since they have $108 million in cap space. This is a pivotal moment for that franchise. Does Chicago move on from Fields and pick Young or Stroud? Selecting Stroud could be more than a little awkward, since like Fields he is an Ohio State quarterback, which historically has not exactly been an NFL resume enhancer. Are you going to deem one Buckeye a wash-out, and then immediately turn around and draft another one? Seems unlikely. Then what is the Bears’ scouting grade on Young? And remember that Kentucky QB Will Levis could be a dark horse Number One.

Chicago could hold on to the pick, and then take a non-QB. Again, doubtful. That would spark a fire in that city the likes of which has not been seen since Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked the lantern.

Which brings us to this option. The Bears can trade the top pick, which might provide the franchise with maximum flexibility. They could move down and still get a QB, while picking up quality draft picks.

The quarterback-poor Texans hold the second pick. Would Houston be happy with either Young or Stroud? Or do the Texans clearly prefer one over the other, in which case they would have to do business with the Bears to ensure they get the guy they want? I am maintaining wardrobe flexibility, since I own both Texans and Bears t-shirts.

A Travis County prosecutor Wednesday dropped felony domestic violence charges against fired Longhorn basketball coach Chris Beard. The decision was driven at least in part by the unwillingness of the alleged victim—Beard’s fiancée—to cooperate. I hope we all understand that this is not “vindication” or “exoneration” for Beard. So Beard now doesn’t have to worry about having a felony conviction on his record. But he still has to find another line of work, because he is now a coaching untouchable.

Rory McIlroy says the PGA Tour should model itself after the NBA, whose marketing strategy focuses on individual star-power. Uhh, isn’t that the way it already is?

I don’t know about you, but I think the last thing we need is Adrian Peterson lecturing Damar Hamlin about Jesus or anything else.

Just as many Americans are “cutting the cord,” Major League Baseball may be involuntarily forced to “can cable” as well. The 19 Bally Sports regional cable networks are on financial life support and appear headed for bankruptcy. Fourteen MLB teams use Bally to produce their TV broadcasts in local markets. The company that owns Bally, Diamond Sports Group, pays MLB teams a total of $2 billion in rights fees annually. If that spigot runs dry, it will pinch baseball’s entire financial structure, including future players’ contracts. As for fans’ ability to see their favorite teams, MLB Commish Rob Manfred says baseball will turn to live-streaming if necessary.

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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.