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So why did this take so long? Zack Martin is back in the Cowboys’ corral after signing a re-adjusted contract that will guarantee him more than $18 million dollars in each of the next two seasons. Martin, a six-time first team All-Pro, is worth every penny. But, again, why did this take so long?

We pretty well had it figured out that former Vikings RB Dalvin Cook was going to wind up in the AFC East. But Miami looked like his most likely landing spot to many, since he played college ball at Florida State. Many were wrong, me included. The 28-year-old Cook Monday signed a one-year, $8.6 million deal with the Jets. Cook is still a home run hitter, both as a runner and a receiver. If he’s fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, and if second year star Breece Hall makes it all the way back from his torn ACL, the Jets will have a one-two backfield punch that is at least the equal of any in the league. Yeah, I know, those are big “ifs.” Here’s what’s not iffy. The Jets are a legit threat in the AFC.

The Patriots are not, in my estimation. But they can muck it up for other teams. New England’s acquisition of Zeke Elliott makes total sense. He can still be a goal-line and short yardage hammer, and he remains the best pass protector of any RB in the NFL. He’ll be a good friend to second year quarterback Mac Jones, and The Hoodie and Pats offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will know exactly how to use him.

Astros starter Framber Valdez was cruising Monday night in Miami. He had given up just four hits and two runs—one of them earned—through seven and two-thirds innings. But that cruise then became a crash. Valdez had to exit after giving up back-to-back homers to the Marlins’ Jorge Soler and Luis Arraez. Enter reliever Hector Neris, who promptly got touched up for another dinger by birthday boy Josh Bell. Yep. Three straight Miami homers in a 5-1 Marlins victory.

No such problems for the Rangers’ Max Scherzer, who allowed just an infield hit and a walk while striking out eleven. Texas laughs its way to a 12-0 blowout, marking the fifth time the Angels have been shut out this season. The Rangers upped their lead over the Astros to three and a half games in the AL West.

We don’t know all the details about why Rays shortstop Wander Franco has been placed on the restricted list. That’s OK with me. I don’t need or want to know. But it has something to do with a young girl and social media posts. Yuk.

Lots of things have changed in college football. NIL. Transfer portal. Conference realignments. But the “board room” remains the same. Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and LSU comprise the preseason top five. Meet the new bosses…same as the old bosses…

Now they’ve gone ahead and ruined “The Blind Side” for me?  Next you’ll try to tell me that rasslin’ is fake.

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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.