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The question now is not, “Who wants DeAndre Hopkins.? The question is, “What team does D-Hop want?” Well, he gave us his specs last week, well before he was released by the Cardinals on Friday. DH says he wants a team with a veteran, mature, successful quarterback (take THAT, Kyler Murray!) and a big-time defense.

Kansas City? I’ve heard Buffalo mentioned as well, but I would not currently describe the Bills’ defense as big-time. Looks to me like KC should be Hopkins’ “chief” consideration.

Baltimore? I can’t see that happening. I’ll just say it. Lamar Jackson is not a polished-enough passer to keep Hopkins happy. There. I just said it.

The emails that led to Jon Gruden’s firing as the Raiders head coach were horrendous and his dismissal was fully justified. But I do believe in forgiveness and atonement, and was pleased to learn that the Saints brought Gruden in as a consultant last week to help install their offense and work with New Orleans quarterback and former Raider Derek Carr. If this somehow ends up being Gruden’s first step on the comeback trail, I’m fine with that. Gruden needs football, and I could make a case that football still needs Gruden.

This is a lot of sitting around for the Nuggets. They’ll play Game One of The Finals against either the Heat or the Celtics after a nine-day break. There will be some rust.

Phillies reliever Craig Kimbrel racked up his 400th major league save Friday night in Atlanta. That club has only seven other members. The 34-year-old Kimbrel is still at the top of his game, and has come through in all six of his save opportunities this season.

Happy and relieved that LSU freshman basketball player Sa’Myah Smith is OK after fainting during a Friday White House ceremony honoring the team’s recent national championship. Nerves. Fatigue. Heat. Too much standing. I get it.

Of more concern was the scene in Milwaukee, where Brewers shortstop Willy Adames was struck in the dugout by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Brian Anderson. Video appears to show Adames was hit in the head or face. Adames spent Friday night in the hospital, but is expected to be released Saturday morning.

Michael Block missed the cut, but hit the mark.  We should all have Block’s perspective, sense of humor, humility and love for life.

The Astros beat the A’s Friday night. Hell, everybody does that. Oakland is 10-43. That’s the most losses a major league team has suffered in its first 53 games since 1900.

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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.