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OK. Anthony Davis scored 30 points. I’ve seen that before. But he also had 23 rebounds. And five assists. And four blocks. And he played every minute of the second half. That’s, you know, impressive. As was his “supporting cast member,” LeBron James, who put up 22 and 11. It’s on between the Lakers and Warriors following LA’s 117-112 Game One victory.

Yes, there have been times I felt Joel Imbiid was more obsessed with winning the NBA’s MVP Award than he was about winning a championship. Still, I think he’s a deserving winner. Now let’s see if he can recover from his knee sprain and get back on the floor to help his Sixers against the Celtics.

The Suns are already down 0-2 to the Nuggets in the Western Conference semis. And they will likely be without CP3 in Game Three Friday night. I’ll give you two guesses: groin or hamstring? Groin this time, as he approaches his 38th birthday on Saturday.

Gee, it appears Colin Kaepernick was unsuccessful in his attempt to destroy the NFL. (Coach is rolling his eyes.) Super Bowl LVII was the most-watched U.S. based telecast in history. I did not say the most-watched Super Bowl. I did not say the most-watched football game. I did not say the most-watched sporting event. I said the most-watched telecast.

The NFL may have to reconsider this fifth-year option thing for first-round draft picks. It doesn’t look like it’s working for either the players or the teams.

On Tuesday, rather than picking up Jordan Love’s fifth-year option, the Packers wisely signed Love to a one-year extension. Kudos to Love for seeing the wisdom of that move as well. Love has started exactly one game in his NFL career, a 13-7 loss to Kansas City in 2021.

Yes, the Colts are taking a huge risk by drafting Anthony Richardson. Particularly since they are “doubling down” on the hole they are in. Indy has spent more than $100 million on QBs since Andrew Luck retired in 2019. The Colts have started seven different quarterbacks in the past four years, including four last season alone. My view? No risk it, no biscuit. Richardson’s physical talent is to great to pass up.

It appears Kansas City running back Jerick McKinnon will celebrate his 31st birthday today by signing a new deal with the Chiefs. You remember McKinnon. He was the heady and selfless player who easily could have scored a Super Bowl TD, but instead gave himself up at the two-yard line to further bleed the clock and set the Chiefs up for the short FG that lifted them over the Eagles 38-35.

Former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III is going to state prison in Nevada for up to a decade for vehicular manslaughter. It’s a debt he owes, after drunkenly driving his car 156 mph into another vehicle in November of 2021, killing a woman and her dog. No excuse. Still, it’s a sad story for all involved, including Ruggs.

No, Bryce Harper did not get a hit in his return to the Phillies’ lineup as a DH Tuesday night in a loss to the Dodgers. But that was Bryce Harper playing in a major league baseball game, 160 days after undergoing Tommy John surgery. That’s beyond remarkable.

Astros? Don’t ask. No win. No runs. Giants take it 2-0 behind eight innings of scoreless pitching by Anthony DeSclafani.

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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.