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I enjoy women’s college basketball, and enthusiastically celebrate the growth of that sport. I’ll be glued to that semifinal game between South Carolina and Iowa. South Carolina is trying to become just the tenth team to complete a perfect season. Iowa has Caitlin Clark. That’s appointment viewing.

Two things are really messed up in the NFL right now. One is the way the Jets and Packers continue to stumble their way through the Aaron Rodgers trade.

The other is Lamar Jackson. Yeesh.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh remains the ultimate optimist. He must have said, “I love Lamar” two dozen times. I heard all 27 minutes of Harbaugh’s  Monday press conference, in which he smilingly answered 32 questions. John is like that little kid who doesn’t mind mucking out a stall every morning, because he figures there’s gotta be a pony in there somewhere.

You think the Browns upset the contract-slotting apple cart when they gave Deshaun Watson that 230-million dollar guaranteed contract.? Wait till you see the mayhem that will ensue if the Colts make a serious play for Lamar.

I admire 49er G.M. John Lynch for his candor. Lynch told reporters yesterday at the league meetings in Phoenix that if Brock Purdy is good to go at training came following his recovery from elbow surgery he’ll be the starter in front of former first-rounder Trey Lance. Lynch said Purdy has earned that. I concur, but I’m maybe a little (pleasantly) surprised that he said that. 

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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.