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What do the number one ranked NBA draft prospect and his NFL counterpart now have in common, other than the fact they’re both obviously very athletically talented?

They are both involved in very unsavory stories that resulted in deaths. While Alabama forward Brandon Miller has not been charged with a crime and reportedly has been cooperating with investigators, he transported a gun that was then used by others in the January fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman in Tuscaloosa.

On Wednesday, the top-rated NFL draft prospect, former Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter, was charged with reckless driving in what Athens-Clarke County Police say was a racing incident that resulted in the deaths of one of Carter’s Bulldog  teammates and a 24-year-old female Georgia recruiting staff member. The deaths occurred just hours after a parade that celebrated Georgia’s repeat national championship. The crash was not a single-vehicle accident as had been earlier reported. Carter has issued a statement that he is confident he will be “fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.”

This will of course have a major impact on April’s draft, but we’ll save that discussion for another day.

To quote Boz Scaggs, looks to me that there’s an inevitable breakdown dead ahead for the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson. No, I don’t think that marriage can be saved. Jackson, who foolishly serves as his own agent, has unrealistic expectations based on the ridiculous contract the Browns gave DeShaun Watson. The Ravens have until Tuesday to decide whether they will tag Jackson for 2023, which would thrown them into Cap Hades.

The Colts have the fourth pick in the draft. Indy has been a mess at quarterback ever since Andrew Luck unexpectedly retired in 2019. This is their best opportunity to get right at QB since then. Bryce Young? The Colts would probably have to trade up to get him. But Indy g.m. Chris Ballard told reporters Wednesday at the Combine that he won’t be pressured by the press and fans to take a quarterback  just “to get you guys off our asses.”

I was in attendance at the old Stanford Stadium in January of 1985 when the 49ers beat the Dolphins 38-16 in SB 19. The Niners wore red jerseys. Four years later, Joe Montana again wore that very same red jersey when SF squeaked out an unforgettable last second 20-16 win over the Bengals in SB 23. On Wednesday, that jersey was auctioned off for $1.212 million. If you think that’s a record bid for a football jersey, you’re right.

This is interesting. The NFL Players Association recently conducted a survey asking players to rate their teams on things like how their families are treated, what the food and nutrition programs are like, weight room facilities, strength coaches, training staff, locker rooms and team travel. The idea here was to provide free agent players with information that could factor into where they want to go. Survey says? The three best organizations in those areas are the Vikings, Dolphins and Raiders, while the three worst are the Chargers, Cardinals and Commanders.

It’s a small sample size, but so far spring training batting averages and runs scored are up compared to the same period last year. Makes sense. Banning infield shifts will lead to more offense and, after all, that was the idea.

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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.