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The Cowboys have done a very nice job. Period.

After restructuring the contracts of five big-money veterans, and trading for CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Brandin Cooks, Dallas looks good heading into the draft and OTAs.

Sunday’s deal brought veteran receiver Cooks into the fold in exchange for sending Houston a fifth-round draft pick this year and a sixth-rounder in 2024.

This is a very significant pick-up, in my view. Cooks is a pro, and he will fit in smoothly with C.J. Lamb and Michael Gallup.

Cooks is set to make $18 million in guaranteed salary this year, but the Texans will pay $6 million of that.

Nicely done, Dallas.

Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil is now the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL after signing a three-year, $75 million dollar extension. He’ll be the blind-side protector for whichever QB Houston takes in the draft. The 28-year-old Tunsil is a three-time Pro Bowler, and his pass-protection stats are unassailable. He allowed only one sack in 2022. But he commits way too many false start/procedure penalties, and is often responsible for Texans fans throwing objects at their televisions.

Carolina is a great landing spot for WR Adam Thielen, who was recently released by the Vikings after ten seasons. Thielen on Sunday signed a three-year deal with the Panthers. He leaves Minnesota as the Vikings third-ranked all-time receiver, behind only Cris Carter and Randy Moss.

So, it wasn’t just a bad dream, as I had hoped. Jose Altuve really did break his right thumb in that WBC quarterfinal game against Team USA. He really is going to need surgery. He really is going to miss at least half of the Astros’ season, and that’s best case. I’ll just go out in the yard and mumble…

Forgive me if I’m not all excited about Team USA reaching the WBC Final against either Japan or Mexico.

I was very impressed by Xavier’s 84-73 tournament win over Pitt that sent the Musketeers to the Sweet 16. The Longhorns will have their hands full Friday.

Oh…one more thing. Buh-bye, Baylah. You still nasty!

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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.