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Look, IF the Celtics win Game Six, THEN you national sports pundits can start talking about Boston possibly becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome an 0-3 deficit to win a series. For now, please keep that stuff in your holster.

The NFL has caught the Patriots cheating—again. But this time the league says the Pats owned their mistake in a “noteworthy and commendable” way. The Hoodie fell on his sword and fully cooperated when the league busted him for exceeding offseason player meeting time limits. Belichick will scratch a check for $50G and the Pats will lose two OTAs. But at least this time they fudged in a “noteworthy and commendable” manner. That’s progress, I guess.

Don’t you start acting all high and mighty, Cowboy fans. Your team is a “habitual line-stepper,” too. Dallas has been called on the carpet in each of the last two off-seasons for including too much contact in OTAs. Mike McCarthy says he’s trying to be a good boy this Spring. That’s a good idea, because if the Cowboys screw up that way again, it will cost them a draft pick.

Lions second-year WR Jameson Williams will serve a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s gambling policy. Williams now says he didn’t know that was frowned upon or considered a faux pas.  Says he was unaware of the rule. Yep, that’s what he said…

I like Jimmy G. I think he’s proved he is a good quarterback. But WTF, man? You had foot surgery in March, and we didn’t find out about it until yesterday? And it’s not certain you’ll be ready for training camp with your new team, Da Raidahs? That guy needs to figure out a way to stay on the field.

Raiders All-Pro WR Davante Adams has enjoyed a stellar on-and-off field reputation dating back to his days with the Packers. Great player. Great dude. But he has gotten downright cranky this offseason. He says his performance in Vegas in 2022 proved he doesn’t need Aaron Rodgers. Uhh, OK. But then he went after his current team. He was less than pleased when the Raiders parted company with his college teammate at Fresno State, Derek Carr. OK. But then he got kinda passive-aggressive toward his new QB, the afore mentioned Jimmy G., questioning his ability to push the ball downfield. I’m inclined to chalk this up to a prostatitis flare-up. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels says it’s all good. WTH else is he gonna say? McDaniels is already fighting for his job after one year in the desert.

And speaking of the Silver and Black, former Vegas tight end and athletic freak Darren Waller says he loves his new Big Blue Giants jersey. Waller says, “They value our opinions here,” implying that was not the case in Vegas. Is that “passive-aggressive,” or “actively-aggressive”? You make the call.

I work in tv. I have for a half-century. And I’m having difficultly keeping all of the NFL’s media agreements straight. I did note that if I step into an establishment on a Sunday afternoon this Fall, I can still order-up a game a la carte on NFL Sunday Ticket, via DirecTV. That pacifies me, for now. Just make sure my Manhattan is cold. Yes, I’ll take Manhattan.

I do listen to you guys, and I (usually) respect your opinions. The overwhelming majority of you flat-out don’t like the NFL’s new kickoff fair catch rule. While I don’t yet think the sky is falling, I do understand your concerns. And I get where Andy Reid is coming from when he calls the rule a “slippery slope.”

But now I’ll get you going, and you’ll have to figure out whether I’m just trolling you. I am all for robot umps calling balls and strikes. All for it.

Here’s what I love about PGA low club pro/new folk legend Michael Block. He shot 81 yesterday in the first round at Colonial. Michael Block don’t give even the beginnings of a eff. Life is lovely!

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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.