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It’s pretty good football. That’s my assessment following the first season of this iteration of the XFL. The impressive thing to me is that the resurrected league learned from its earlier mistakes. The championship game came off well Saturday night in the Alamo and produced a stunning upset as the Arlington Renegades upset the heavily favored D.C. Defenders 35-26. That was an impressive coaching job by Arlington’s Bob Stoops, whose team was just 4-6 in the regular season and had to have a lot of help just to make the playoffs. The Renegades scored on all five first-half possessions to boat-race the Defenders, who entered as 8.5 point favorites. D.C.’s defense had been dominant, but Saturday night allowed the Renegades to convert ten of their first 12 third downs.

The XFL has earned the right to return in 2024, and I genuinely look forward to next season. It’s pretty good football.

Being an NBA head coach has always been a rough gig. But that job has now become brutal. Monty Williams won an NBA Coach of the Year Award in Phoenix, and turned the Suns from a joke into a force in his four years in the desert. But Williams nevertheless got Saturday Night Massacred, as he was fired by Phoenix owner Mat Ishbia after the Suns got blown out in the finale of their playoff series against the Nuggets.

I suggest that Williams get together with recently axed Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer for a beer or twenty.

I’m guessing Sixers coach Doc Rivers has a case of the shivering shakes as his team heads into a Game Seven against the Celtics Sunday afternoon. Rivers’ teams have lost nine Game Sevens, including four straight the in the past eight years. Gulp.

Tampa Bay Bucs coach Todd Bowles had an excused absence from the team’s rookie camp Saturday. Bowles walked the stage at Mount St. Mary’s University, 37 years after he left school to chase his NFL dream. Bowles’ motivation? He promised his mom he would go back and finish his degree in youth and community development. That’s quite the Mothers’ Day present!

Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy got a pass from his team’s rookie session, too, since he is recovering from a back procedure performed last Thursday. McCarthy is fine and should be back in time for OTA’s, which begin in two weeks.

The Texans took a calculated risk Saturday when they signed former Seahawks and Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin to a one-year deal. Griffin landed a $40 million contract in 2021 in Jacksonville, but frankly never reached the level of production he had shown previously in Seattle and was released by the Jags in March.

Never underestimate the human spirit. Saints tight end Foster Moreau was diagnosed with the blood cancer known as Hodgkin lymphoma in March. Now? There is an excellent chance that Moreau will take part in the Saints’ OTAs, which begin in a couple of weeks.

That was a scary moment Saturday night in Denver, where Rockies pitcher Ryan Feltner was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Phillies’ Nick Castellanos. While Feltner was able to walk off the field with assistance, he was taken to a local hospital for tests. More info is expected Sunday.

The Astros and White Sox were tied at one heading into the bottom of the 8th when I briefly exited for a quick shower. When I returned the Sox were closing out a 3-1 win, proving to me only that cleanliness is overrated.

The Dallas Stars and the Seattle Kraken will meet in a Game Seen in their NHL Western Conference semifinal series. There. There’s my hockey note for 2023.

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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.