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Tag. You’re it!

It’s franchise tag (or not) day in the NFL. Here’s what we know. The ‘Boys put the tag on RB Tony Pollard. That was a no-brainer. Now what to do with Zeke?  I suspect that Lil’ Abner will try to keep him at a much lower price, but I would probably favor releasing him and then drafting a RB next month.

It seems to me the Giants are bidding against themselves. Yes, Daniel Jones had a nice year, and I think he’s going to be pretty solid going forward. The Giants are offering Jones a deal that is north of the money he would make if they tag him. He’d be wise to take the Giants’ offer, IMO. There’s no hot market for Jones. That then would enable NY to tag Saquon Barkley and keep their rhythm section together. If they don’t tag Saquon, he’ll have more than a few suitors around the league.

I’m very happy for Derek Carr.  He and the Saints are a notably good fit for each other.

I’m also happy for Geno Smith for getting an extension in Seattle.  He’s owned it.

That was a pretty slick move by the Jaguars a few months ago. They worked a trade with the Falcons for WR Calvin Ridley, even though at the time Ridley was serving his league suspension for gambling. But the NFL has reinstated Calvin, and there is no doubt he can help the Jags and QB Trevor Lawrence.

Finally, what’s this about an immediate “open competition” between Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning for the Longhorns’ starting QB job. Look, I don’t know who will ultimately be the better player. But Ewers started ten games last season, and Manning would normally be completing his final semester in high school. If for right now at least if there’s not  huge difference between Ewers and Manning, it doesn’t say much for the ‘Horns’ player development.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

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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.