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I’m angry. We are a gun-worshiping culture that has perfected the perverse art of taking the beautiful and making it ugly. We take our kids to a wonderful Super Bowl championship parade and this happens. And then we wonder why so many of them struggle. We are a sick, gun-worshiping culture. Guns are our god.

All I ask is that folks own their mistakes, apologize for them and learn from them. Looks like Travis Kelce has checked those boxes. Travis has now accurately described his sideline behavior as “unacceptable.” Then his brother, Jason, was right to tell Travis on their podcast that he had “crossed the line.”  That wraps it up. We move on. We learn.

The Chiefs aim to Three-Peat, something no team has done in the Super Bowl era. Signing defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to that extension on Thursday was a great first move. That defense, even as much as Mahomes, is the reason KC will have a legitimate chance to “count to three.”

Mike Zimmer will do well as the Cowboys’ d.c. He’ll get that run defense fixed, which should be the team’s top offseason priority. And I like that McCarthy is apparently cool with having a former NFL head coach on his staff.

Firing Steve Wilks was a really bad look, Kyle Shanahan. I’ll leave it at that, for now.

It appears the Bears have decided to move on from Justin Fields and will take Caleb Williams with the first pick in this Spring’s draft. That’s a mistake, in my view. The Bears will just keep spinning their wheels. Fields is right on the brink of becoming an upper-tier NFL quarterback, and Williams’ obvious immaturity is a red flag.

The Seahawks are holding on to Geno Smith for the moment. Geno is set to make $22.5 million in salary and bonuses in 2024. That’s a lot of bread, but with QB salaries soaring, Smith could be a bargain whether the Seahawks ultimately keep him or decide to trade him before the March 18 deadline. Seattle g.m. John Schneider has assumed player personnel duties previously handled by former coach Pete Carroll. And we don’t know where Smith stands in the mind of new coach Mike Macdonald.

I hate to see anyone lose their job. But at least fired Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtman got canned for a good, old-fashion reason—losing.

You knew the Astros didn’t agree to pay Josh Hader 95 mill to be a set-up man. New skipper Joe Espada has confirmed the obvious. Hader will be the closer, with Ryan Pressly assuming set-up duties. This should be great if Pressly is down with it. But it could be a hard pill to swallow for a guy who has posted 102 saves in the last four seasons as The Man. I hope they make it work. Hader, Pressly and Bryan Abreu could give the ‘Stros the best bullpen in baseball.

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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.