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Nuggets coach Michael Mallone called his team’s defense “non-existent.” I’d lean more toward sporadic, inconsistent, inattentive, unaware, lazy, late, disorganized, distracted and unfocused. And it would be fair to throw in “alarming.” Effort and intensity should be a given in The Finals, right? Defensively, that was unprofessional.

And it was evident literally from the “jump.”

Here’s what we know after two games in Denver. The Nuggets are the deeper team. Jokic is the best player on the floor, and possibly the planet. Miami is composed and resilient, and got the road split it needed. Spoelstra is a cool customer and this ain’t his first county fair.

Denver has to be at least shaken, if not stirred. The Nuggets were on the cusp of blowing that one open at least three times and carried an eight-point homecourt lead into the fourth quarter at altitude. And Denver failed to close the deal.

Jokic scored 41 points. Perhaps that was the worst thing he could have done. Denver is 0-3 in this postseason when The Big Fella hangs 40 or more.

The Finals have begun. Game Three Wednesday in Miami.

Jets coach Robert Saleh says Aaron Rodgers will make his job easier. Yeah, for all the drama Rodgers frequently carries, I think we’d all have to agree he’s a better quarterback than Zach Wilson.

I have no idea how good an NFL quarterback Mac Jones is, or will be. I liked most of what I saw of him in his rookie 2021 season. I liked almost nothing I saw in 2022. This will be a career crossroads year for him in New England.

Russell Wilson has done two smart things this offseason. 1) He has lost some weight. 2) He has clearly made a conscious decision to STFU.

“The AL West-leading Texas Rangers…” I don’t like that. Y’all can go away now…

Braves DH Marcell Ozuna stood at home plate in the fourth inning in Phoenix and admired what turned out to be a 415-foot single. Braves skipper Brian Snitker then sat Ozuna’s lazy ass down.  Good for Braves skipper Brian Snitker.

Here’s my takeaway from The Memorial. Viktor Hovland is absolutely a threat to win the U.S. Open. He has a “majors” type of game.

It’s all downhill from here for LPGA rookie Rose Zhang, who won her pro debut Sunday in New Jersey, becoming the first player in 72 years to do so. That was 13 days after she helped her Oklahoma State team to an NCAA championship. Nothing to this game…

You could make a good case that Norma Hunt was the First Lady of the NFL. We mourn her passing at the age of 85. Another Super Bowl will be played in February. It will be the 58th. It will be the first one at which Mrs. Hunt will not be in attendance.

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Paul's Bio

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.