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It’s Texas-OU.  Maybe Texas-Aus Jus if you’re a snarky Texan like I am. It is not the Red River Showdown, the Red River Shootout (yuk), the Red River Rivalry or Red Rover or Redd Foxx. It’s Texas-OU, dammit. Yes, this shit genuinely bothers me.

Tyreek Hill says he will become the NFL’s first 2,000-yard receiver in 2023. I don’t doubt that he’s capable. But his becoming obsessed with that record would be the worst thing that could happen to the Dolphins. Mike McDaniel should have learned last year that he needs to run the football. Plus, he’d better keep Jaylen Waddle happy, too.

For once, it’s the Cowboys who avoid training camp drama. Tony Pollard did the smart thing in signing his franchise tender, not just for the team but for himself. Pollard is coming off an injury and is trying to establish himself as the ‘Boys’ featured RB. He and his agent also correctly assessed the league’s sagging running back market and decided to fight for a long-term deal another day. Pollard will be in camp on time and with a clear head, unlike the Giants’ Saquon Barkley and the Raiders’ Josh Jacobs.

If Stephon Gilmore is still Stephon Gilmore, the Cowboys’ defense under Dan Quinn can be historically good. If you have two shutdown corners, a D.C. can do anything he wants to with the chalk.

A group of former Northwestern football players has hired high-profile civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump and a Chicago law firm to initiate legal action in response to the school’s hazing scandal. It will be interesting to see if athletes from other schools join this effort. I will promise you this problem is not confined to Northwestern. There are a lot of nervous meetings going on in locker rooms around the country.

Do you really think Jimbo and Petrino can co-exist peacefully and productively? Really? This smells like desperation.

The Cavs ran the table at 6-0 to win their first Summer League title. What? No parade?

Despite his protests to the contrary, do you always get the feeling Joel Embiid cares more about the MVP trophy than he does about winning a championship?

You gotta do better than that, Johnny Bench. When asked at a news conference about the late former and frugal Reds’ g.m. Gabe Paul, it’s probably best not to respond, “He was Jewish.” C’mon, man. Bench has apologized.

Hey, Texas Rangers. I need you to go on about a 13-game losing streak. OK?

Let’s all try not to get trapped under a baseball field tarp today. Deal?

I’ll close with a confession. I have a man-crush on Nate Burleson. Does that dude have it going on or what?

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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.