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That 43-point third quarter told the tale.  The Dubs and Lakers are now tied at one following Golden State’s 127-100 blowout victory Thursday night. The Warriors splashed 21 three-pointers, including eight by Klay Thompson, who finished with 30 points. Steph Curry added 20 and 12 assists to even things up heading into Game Three Saturday in L.A.

Giannis said a few days ago that he doesn’t consider the Bucks’ season a failure, despite the fact his top-seeded team got ousted in the first round by the eighth-seeded Miami Heat. Mike Budenholzer no doubt begs to differ. The man who in 2021 coached Milwaukee to its first NBA title in 50 years got whacked Thursday. Yes, fired, after leading his team to the best regular season record in the league. Job security is not among the perks of being an NBA coach. Three of the last four league champs have dismissed their head coaches. This one stings for Spurs fans, who remember Budenholzer very fondly from his years as an assistant in San Antonio.

You bet this caught my eye. Former NFL tackle Taylor Lewan has filed a lawsuit against renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Lewan alleges that Andrews botched his 2020 ACL surgery, leading to the premature end of Lewan’s playing career. Lewan was released by the Titans three months ago after failing a physical. In the suit, the three-time Pro Bowler accuses Andrews of “negligent acts and omissions.”

It was good to see Lamar Jackson and the Ravens making nice at Thursday’s news conference. Jackson finally realized that Baltimore would fork over more than any of the other 31 NFL teams and signed a deal that makes him the league’s highest paid player. That’s a good thing. Jackson belongs in Baltimore. But Jackson needs to be careful what he wishes for, IMO. Lamar said he wants to throw for 6,000 yards in 2023. That’s not Raven football. The only way he spins the odometer like that is if his team is often down 21 in the fourth quarter.

That’s a major sigh of relief coming from the Giants’ camp after they reached agreement with stud DT Dexter Lawrence on a four-year, $90 million extension. Now the G-men will resume their attempt to keep Saquon Barkley in the fold.

Mahomes will have two new tackles protecting him in 2023. After losing both starters to free agency, the Chiefs Thursday signed former Buccaneer veteran Donovan Smith to a one-year deal. K.C. had earlier acquired ex-Jags OT Jawaan Taylor, and last week selected OU tackle Wanya Morris in the third round of the draft. Andy loves his tackles.

Fifty-seven CU players have hit the transfer portal since Deion Sanders took over as Colorado’s head football coach in December. Buff A.D. Rick George says he’s not concerned. Fifty-seven? I might be concerned, you know, at least a little bit.

Since I’m an old dude, I wasn’t sure what the acronym SMH meant until my wife recently explained it to me. “Shaking My Head.” Yes, I did some serious SMH-ing Thursday after learning that Alabama fired baseball coach Brad Bohannon after linking him to suspicious gambling activity on Crimson Tide games. Really, man?

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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.