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The Jolly Roger is expected to get a fat contract extension when the NFL owners meet this week in Phoenix. The fact is that he has earned it. Goodell has delivered on the only metric his bosses really care about—making mountains of money. This will be Roger’s fourth contract extension since he ascended to commissioner in 2006. It may also prove to be his final extension. Goodell is 64. Jerry Jones threw a very public stink and even threatened a lawsuit during Goodell’s 2017 contract extension talks. Lil’ Abner is expected to hold his peace and be a good boy this time.

The Panthers finally appear to have a clue—and a plan. I’ve been very impressed by their offseason acumen. Carolina, of course, holds the top pick in April’s draft, and will certainly take a quarterback. Panthers coach Frank Rich said Monday that he is not ruling out selecting former Alabama QB Bryce Young, despite Young’s lack of height and bulk. I think Reich is bluffing. Bryce Young is not a Frank Reich-style QB. I think it will be C.J. Stroud. Regardless, newly acquired Andy Dalton will be Carolina’s starter to open the season, and that makes perfect sense, something that has not always been associated with the Panthers. Landing veteran PROFESSIONAL receiver Adam Thielen was a savvy move as well. There’s progress in Panther Land.

It appears that now former Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz may have overplayed his hand in Dallas. He’s now a Houston Texan, after signing a one-year deal for nine mill on Monday. It was a good day for the Texans, who also landed free agent running Devin Singletary on a one-year $3.75 million contract. Singletary, who was the Bills’ lead RB last season, will be a nice complement for Dameon Pierce.

But do you really think Houston left tackle Laremy Tunsil deserves to be the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league? I’m skeptical.

The more I think about the Cowboys’ acquisition of free agent receiver Brandin Cooks, the more fired up I get. Dallas has had a marvelous month of March.

Coach can be a sappy softy every now and then. I’m pulling for Baker Mayfield in Tampa. And I wish Cam Newton well as he tries to get back in the league after a one-year absence. Newton will throw today at the pro day of his alma mater, Auburn.

Magic Johnson has joined a group that reportedly is trying to buy the Washington Commanders. That’s fine with me. Somebody just please hurry up and get that franchise out Dan Snyder’s filthy hands.

“Congratulations,” St. John’s. Pitino is your problem now. Be careful what you wish for.

This isn’t just March Madness this year, in both the men’s and women’s tournaments. This is Chaos, and it’s fun!

Quite the finish Monday night in Miami as Japan walked off a 6-5 win over Mexico to advance to tonight’s WBC Final against Team USA. Yeah, I’ll take a peek. There’s a chance we could see Shohei Otani face Mike Trout late in the game with the championship on the line.

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Paul's Bio

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.