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The announcement will be made in Houston, but a large part of the spotlight will be on San Antonio Saturday when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023 is officially introduced.

Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker and Becky Hammon provide the S.A. connection, joining Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzy and Pao Gasol in a strong class of hoop immortals.

Pop? I could write a book.  Maybe I will. He’s one of the half dozen or so smartest and most interesting people I’ve ever encountered, in any realm. He’s not flawless. But he is fascinating. And he is a man of principle.

The men’s NIT Final will include a mean shade of green. North Texas used a decisive 10-0 run to upset Wisconsin in Tuesday’s semi. BTW, Conference USA is now 16-1 this postseason.

Thursday Night Football is a problem for the NFL. The games largely suck, the players hate them, Amazon Prime is on the warpath about dull matchups and Al Michaels regularly pillories his own product. Yeah, that’s a problem. And there is no easy fix. The NFL owners Tuesday tabled a proposal to expand “flex” scheduling to Thursday night. “Flexing” is an attractive option for Sunday and Monday games, but it’s more than problematic on Thursdays, for logistical, competitive and player safety reasons. While the NFL kicked that can down the road Tuesday, the league did agree to modify the existing rule and allow teams to play two short-week games.

Wearing jersey number 0 is once again allowed in the NFL, at least for everybody except offensive and defensive linemen. Good. The only number cooler than 0 is 00.

I was disappointed that the league didn’t pass or in some cases didn’t even vote on a series of interesting proposed rule changes on punts and kickoffs. And I was REALLY disappointed that roughing the passer penalties are still unreviewable. That has become an inconsistent, inexplicable mess.

“Deplorable Dan” Snyder wants six bill for the Commanders. Looks like two different groups are willing to meet that price. Whatever. Just get that scumbag out of football.

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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.