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Where did Carson Wentzed? And what’s next? Wentz, the #2 overall pick in 2016, has now washed out in Philly, Indy and D.C. Remember that then Colts’ coach Frank Reich did not want to release Wentz after the 2021 season. That was all the doing of Colts’ owner Jim Irsay, who early in 2022 then fired Reich. Reich is now the coach of the Carolina Panthers. Might he want to reunite with Wentz? But now consider this. Reich is going to meet with Derek Carr at the Combine this week in Indianapolis.

There are a growing number of reports that the Bears would like to trade down out of the #1 overall position in April’s draft. I think those reports are credible. It would make all the sense in the world for Chicago. But here’s what that would mean for the Texans, who have the second pick. The only way they could guarantee they get whatever quarterback they want (and I strongly suspect it’s C.J. Stroud) is to do bitness with the Bears.

The NFL’s Competition Committee wants to expand use of Guardian Caps in training camps this summer in an attempt to further reduce the number of camp concussions. Guardian Caps are those huge soft-shell “pillows” that fit over players’ regular helmets. You know, the ones that make players look like Kazoo from The Jetsons. Nobody wants to create a safer sport more than I do. But I’ve looked at the data. There’s not enough of it and what there is appears to me to be inconclusive at best. Guardian Caps are not in any way a “breakthrough.”

I laud the effort, however. It broke my heart this morning to learn that former Eagles cornerback and later CBS football analyst Irv Cross was suffering from Stage 4 CTE at the time of his death two years ago today.

File this one under “unintended consequences.” To aid in “taking the head out of football,” a number of NFL teams have started teaching a “hip drop” tackle technique. But that now seems to have caused a significant increase in leg injuries. Just ask Tony Pollard. That’s the way his leg was broken in that playoff game against the ‘Niners.`

LeBron is going to be out “several weeks” with a right foot injury he suffered in Sunday’s come-from-way-behind win over the Mavs. Is that it for the Lakers’ playoff hopes? I’m gonna say yes.

Finally, I can not recommend to you highly enough the Netflix documentary/biography on Bill Russell. It was magnificent. Almost as magnificent as its subject.

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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.