03/16/23 It was a painful decision. But it was the right one.

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Football games are fueled by emotion. But successful NFL franchises take emotion out of the equation in making business decisions. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys made the right call Wednesday in releasing Zeke. This notion that Elliott could be retained in 2023 at a reduced salary was just never realistic. Here’s where his absence will be felt: blitz protection and short-yardage rushing. But at 27, Zeke is no longer even close to the player he was in the first four years of his seven-season Cowboy career. I praise him for the toughness and courage he displayed in battling through very difficult injuries in both 2021 and 2022.  What’s next for Zeke? Maybe the Bucs, who need a power back after the departure of Leonard Fournette. But maybe not there, either.

Dallas has quietly done a nice job of managing the cap, after re-working deals with veterans Dak Prescott, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Michael Gallup. Those moves saved 45 mill against the cap.

I’m not a poker player. But if I were, I’d want to sit down with the Jets every single night. My goodness, the Packers have the Jets completely over a barrel, and are in position to clean them out. It was natural to assume the Jets and Packers had already worked out the compensation needed to complete the Rodgers trade before turning it over to Aaron to make a decision on his future. That’s not the case. The Packers can now hold the Jets hostage, and the ransom is going to be whatever the Packers decide it will be. What choice do the Jets have? They don’t. That’s not good position to be in.

The Eagles are battling to keep their Super Bowl band together, even after losing free agent RB Miles Sanders to the Panthers. But after some dust has cleared, it appears Philly has been able to retain first-rate defenders Darius Slay, Fletcher Cox and James Bradberry.

Speaking of the Panthers, Frank Reich and the Carolina front office are deftly thinking things through. Andy Dalton will be their “bridge” or “caretaker” QB until which ever rookie QB they’ll take with that number one pick is ready to go. My current best guess is that it will be C.J. Stroud. The NFC South should be a good watch next Fall. The Panthers, Saints and Falcons all have a chance to be pretty good. Notice I did not mention the Bucs, who Wednesday landed Baker Mayfield on a one-year deal to battle Kyle Trask for the starting job. Tampa is still swinging a short stick.

How are you sleeping? Joe Burrow will be resting easier now that the Bengals have signed left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. away from the Chiefs in a free agency mega-deal. Burrow has been sacked 92 times in the last two seasons.

That looked bad. I’m talking about the right knee injury Mets Super Closer Edwin Diaz suffered last night at the World Baseball Classic in Miami. Diaz had just K’d Teoscar Hernandez to seal a 5-2 win for his Puerto Rico team over the Dominican Republic. Friendly fire from his wildly celebrating teammates then brought Diaz down. MRI today. Diaz is only considered the best closer in all of MLB. Crap…Probably a good idea to keep Mets skipper Buck Showalter away from sharp objects today.

Things were much rosier for Team USA on Wednesday after a 3-2 win over Colombia that clinched a spot in the WBC quarterfinals. Three hits and three RBIs for Mike Trout. That’s pretty efficient, wouldn’t you agree?

The Rockets didn’t really beat the Lakers, did they? And Houston did it the old school way, burying LA 78-46 in the paint.

I’ll say this for Ja Morant. He’s saying all the right things in expressing remorse for this recent serial eff-ups. Now we’ll see if he means it.

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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.