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Aaron Rodgers says it was great to get the trolls off the Packers’ backs for at least a week.

Oh, man, you don’t know me very well, do you?

Maybe, you know, just a little trolling?  A “Mini-Troll”?

I’m still Cheese Skeptical. Especially since Green Bay has to visit the 49ers this coming Sunday night. Quoting Mike Tyson, “Everybody has a plan until they get hit in the mouth.”

Rodgers was great last night in a 35-17 win over the Lions. Four touchdown passes and 255 yards. Unlike last week in the opener against the Saints, Aaron Rodgers looked suspiciously like Aaron Rodgers. Two of his throws were jaw-droppers, a 50-yard streak/fade to Davante Adams and a laser beam TD to the post, over a linebacker and between two safeties, to rookie Robert (Bobby!) Tonyan.

I’ve often said that Rodgers is the most complete NFL quarterbacking package I’ve ever witnessed. He sees things nobody else sees. He makes throws nobody else makes. He has a command of his team’s offense that is unmatched. And when he’s really locked in, like last night, he makes it all look easy. It’s not.

Still, it’s been ten seasons since A-Rod took his team to the Super Bowl. That streak will reach eleven. It ain’t happening for the Packers in 2021. And then who knows where he’ll be next year?

First the good news for Aaron Jones. He scored four TDs last night in that Packers’ win at Lambeau. But, uh, but, uh, he…he….he lost his dad’s ashes. Jones was wearing them on a chain that suspended a football-shaped medallion containing the ashes of Alvin Jones, Sr., who passed away at 56 from COVID-19. The chain came off at some point in the game. So far, it has not been found. Aaron says his dad would laugh his head off at the notion his remains would be lost on the grass at Lambeau. I believe that.  Bless them both.

Only Carson Wentz…ONLY Carson Wentz…could sprain BOTH ankles in a game, as he did Sunday in a Colts loss to the Rams.  Wentz did not sprain a third ankle only because he doesn’t have three legs. I say that with respect. He’s a tough guy. But if he can’t go this week against the Titans, the Colts are looking 0-3 straight in the eye. You ever heard of Jacob Eason?  Yeah, naw…me neither.

I have no room to get cocky. I’m a Texans fan. Davis Mills…THE Davis Mills?…to start Thursday against the Panthers?  There’s just not enough beer in the world.

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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.