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Football is a beautiful sport. But at its core, football is a tough, nasty game played by tough, nasty people.  Longhorn football can be tantalizingly beautiful. But Longhorn football is not played by tough, nasty people, and hasn’t been for quite a while.

Sark is discovering what his recent UT coaching predecessors learned, and in some cases helped to create. There is a pervasive and deep-rooted softness and mental fragility baked into that program. Sark will either find a way to remove that doughy yeastiness from the recipe, or in three years he’ll be the next pastry chef out of Austin.

These late-game collapses don’t just “happen.”

Contrast that to what is going on at UTSA. I cannot say enough good things about the Roadrunners and their coach, Jeff Traylor. Tough, yes. “Nasty,” yes. But they play with a joyful exuberance and unity that represent college football at its best. Coaches talk about “culture.” UTSA has more “positive culture” than a foaming petri dish.

File under “obscure fact.” Purdue as an unranked team has upset the second ranked team in the country more often than any other program in college football history. Bottoms up, Boilermakers!

If somebody was gonna beat Au Jus, they should have done it in September. That Sooner Schooner is rolling now.

LSU did Florida? In the MORNING?  In DAYLIGHT?  At Death Valley? They may need to start scheduling more Bloody Marys in Baton Rouge and fewer nocturnal Bourbon Old Fashions. (Good luck with that.)

Teams exhaling in relief today would include Michigan State, Ole Miss, Baylor, North Carolina, N.C. State, Minnesota, Pitt, Iowa State, Washington State, Wisconsin and UCLA. They all survived games that appeared “threatening” heading into them.

Not so fast, Arizona State. You caught the bullet the above listed teams dodged.

Me? I’m not gonna let ‘em catch me, no. I’m not gonna let ‘em catch The Midnight Rider.

See ya manana. Happy NFL Sunday.

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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.