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Hey, Kim Mulkey. Cher called. She wants her outfit back.

“If I could turn back time…”

Just funnin’. All respect to Coach Mulkey and to her LSU Tigers. That was more than impressive. LSU didn’t even blink in the face of those early Caitlin Clark 35-footers. LSU did not freak when their star, Angel Reese, had to sit out pretty much the entire second quarter with foul trouble. In fact, the Tigers built a lead with Reese riding the pine, and went on to set a Finals scoring record with a 102-85 win over an Iowa team that knocked off defending champ and previously undefeated South Carolina team on Friday.

As for Clark, she finished the NCAA  tournament with 191 points, the most ever by any woman or man. Iowa had Clark. LSU had waves of superior athletes. And LSU had Coach Mulkey, who adds a fourth national title to the three she won at Baylor.

This is kind of cool, culturally. Do you think either UConn or San Diego State can leave as big an impression tonight in the men’s final? Things are changing, and in a good way.

That was good stuff Sunday as Corey Connors held off Sam Stevens to in the Valero Texas Open. Connors now heads to Augusta, where he finished 6th in the 2002 Masters. I did feel badly for Patrick Rodgers, who entered the final round with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to 73 and a fifth-place finish. Rodgers has now been the 54-hole leader four times, but has yet to close the deal.

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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.