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Crossroads time for the Seahawks. They’re 2-3 after dropping the Thursday nighter to the Rams, 26-17. Seattle and the ‘Niners are on thin ice in the cutthroat NFC West.

The Seahawks are in a world of hurt, with Russell Wilson’s status uncertain after suffering a badly sprained middle finger (Russell Wilson’s Bird?) on his throwing hand in the third quarter of that loss to the Rams. Wilson’s longest consecutive game starting streak (149) among active NFL quarterbacks is in jeopardy. Seattle does have ten days before its next game Sunday, October 17 in Pittsburgh.

San Francisco (2-2) plays at 4-0 Arizona Sunday. That is zero fun, sir.

La’ell Collins is pissing me off. I’ll leave it at that.

Panthers’ RB Christian McCaffrey says he wants to play Sunday against the 1-3 Eagles. Bad idea. I saw that hammy explode two weeks ago against the Texans. He looked like he had taken a blast of buckshot in the back of his leg. Sit, man. Hamstrings are insidious.  You only THINK you’re okay. You’re on a very good team and it’s a very long season. No reason to rush this.

BB and I are in Chicago. Lotsa folks around here didn’t like that 6-1 whuppin’ the ‘Stros hung on the White Sox Thursday.  But I did.  Thanks, I’ll have another!

Dodgers at Giants in Game One Friday night.  Seismic. (Perhaps that’s a poor choice of words in the Bay Area.)

I hope you will check out our just-dropped podcast here on this website. It is a fascinating conversation with my buddy and longtime San Antonio media star Chris Duel.  Yeah, we talked sports…but as sports relates to actual life in the actual world.  Chris didn’t hold back. Neither did I. This one’s a keeper!

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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.