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Yes, the Golden Gophers pulled me in last night.  And, then…

Who’s the head coach at Tulsa? I don’t even know his name. Not gonna matter. Because very soon he will not be the head coach at Tulsa.

The last time Mark Vital played football was in middle school in Lake Charles. That was before he grew to be 6-5 and 250, and started on Baylor’s NCAA Championship basketball team. Vital gave it a go in the NBA Summer League. Seems it didn’t work out. So now he’s caught on as a tight end on the Seahawks’ practice squad. Vital is not hurting for confidence. He says he is the new Antonio Gates, and that he is now vectored to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bless his heart.

Hell, yes, I’m gonna make lame-ass Week One college football predictions. Why? Because you expect me to make lame-ass Week One college football predictions.

Straight up winners. Coach don’t do point spreads.

Tonight:

Norff Carolina 37 Va. Tech 28

Norffwestern 24 Michigan State 17

Saturday:

Au Jus 53 Tulane 24

Wisconsin 31 Penn State 27

Stanford 36 Kansas State 24

Alabama 54 Miami 21

Texas Tech 51 Houston 50

UCLA 27 Elleshyoo 24

Illinois 36 UTSA 31

Louisiana 34 Texas 31

Rice 73 Arkansas 3

Sunday:

Notre Dame and Florida State both lose.

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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.