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Jets and Browns in the Hall of Fame Game tonight. Didja know that the Jets and Browns played each other in the first NFL Monday Night Football game back in 1970? And did you know that the play-by-play guy for that game was Keith Jackson? Do you care? I do, because, you know, I’m an Old Guy. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing. But again, Old Guys remember stuff like this.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon says he made a “sacrifice” in taking a pay cut to go all-in on a Super Bowl run. I say he’s lucky to have a job in Cincy following a lackluster 2022 and two gun-related offseason incidents.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara no longer faces felony charges for his role in beating the living hell out of a man at a hotel the night before the 2022 Pro Bowl in Vegas. But that doesn’t mean he’s totally off the hook. Kamara met with the Jolly Roger Wednesday in New York. I’d be shocked if Goodell doesn’t sit Kamara down for at least a couple of games.

Especially now that back-up Ronald Jones has been suspended for two games for violating the NFL’s PED policy, I think it makes more sense than ever for the Cowboys to bring Zeke back in a limited role at a greatly reduced salary. Jones, by the way, says his violation was triggered by a heart medication he has taken since he entered the league. The PED regulations may need some tweaking, IMO.

I just realized I’m typing a mini-novel about running backs this morning. RBs have not been “devalued” on this blog. I can’t wait to see Bijan Robinson in action for the Falcons. He’s the kind of player that could impact the evolution of pro football.

A year after winning the SB, the Rams won just five games last season. I was looking for at least a modest rebound this year. That is, I was until Cooper Kupp went down at training camp with a hammy.  MY LEGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!

The Pac-12 is as good as done. The Big Ten has its eyes on Oregon and Washington. Like everything else, this is all about tv money. But if the Pac loses the Ducks and Dogs, it’s curtains.

Speaking of tv money, Florida State is screaming that it deserves a larger chunk in the ACC because of the ‘Noles’ high profile and marketability. FSU could be heading for the door.

Amidst issues like conference realignments, NIL and the transfer portal, college football has entered The Era of Chaos. But there is nothing currently more disturbing than the football gambling scandal at Iowa State and Iowa. Nothing.  Seven athletes are facing serious charges, and that number is almost certain to grow. This scares and depresses the hell out of me.

I had zero problem with retired USWNT player Carli Lloyd dogging her former teammates for a lack of World Cup focus. Lloyd was just doing her job in her new role as a Fox Sports analyst. Lloyd told the truth. Truth is the ultimate defense.

Astros win. Good. Rangers win, too. Bad. Texas still up by a half-game. Scherzer to Arlington. Verlander back to H-Town. The last two months of the season should be outrageously fun!

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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.