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As I write at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, it appears that Aaron Rodgers will be a Jet in a matter of hours. The Packers and Jets have reportedly worked out their deal. Now both teams are hoping A-Rod doesn’t flake out. He is Aaron Rodgers, after all.

Jimmy G. to the Raiders makes a lot of sense. Garoppolo gets reunited with Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, who was the Pats’ offensive coordinator during Jimmy’s three seasons in New England before he was dealt to the Niners. Don’t go dissin’ Jimmy G. Yeah, he’s missed 30 NFL games with an assortment of injuries, but he’s also 44-19 as a starter.

And there’s another player-coach reunion, this one in Houston. The Texans have signed veteran former 49er free agent safety Jimmie Ward to a two-year contract. Houston head coach DeMeco Ryans was Ward’s DC in San Francisco. This is a good fit. Ward is an adult, and the Houston defense could use some adulting.

Derek Carr is now the man in New Orleans. But Jameis Winston remains as a backup after taking a one-year deal and a pay cut to stay in the Big Easy.

We’ll likely find out where Andy Dalton lands on Wednesday.

So the Niners will throw the QB keys back to Trey Lance, at least until Brock Purdy recovers from his elbow surgery. But this was interesting. San Francisco Monday signed free agent Sam Darnold to a one-year deal. Anyone who was paying attention saw Darnold play pretty well for Carolina in 2022, leading the Panthers to four wins in their final six games. Apparently Kyle Shanahan noticed.

A couple of teams made moves to shore up their porous run defenses. Seattle signed former Bronco D-lineman Dre’Mont Jones, while the Browns landed versatile former Viking DT Dalvin Tomlinson.

The Bears will have some ginormous inside linebackers after picking up free agents Tremaine Edmunds (Bills) and T.J. Edwards (Eagles).

That 123-112 win over the Suns Monday night was the Warriors’ 8th straight home victory. Klay Thompson had 38, 33 in the first half. The Dubs are fine at home, but they’re 7-26 on the road. Inexplicable.

The Bucks will be the first team to officially lock up a playoff berth. All they need is one victory or one Miami Heat loss. Giannis had 46 points and 12 boards in Monday’s 133-124 Milwaukee win over the Kings.

Ja Morant is entering counseling. That’s an excellent decision. I wish him well.

Yeah, I’ll check out at least part of tonight’s NCAA play-in game between Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Southeast Missouri Stater. The Islanders are a nice story, riding a record of 23-10.

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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.