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And that is why we watch NFL football.  That was a fabulous game Monday night in Nashville. Two big dog teams. Beautiful night in Nashville. Great stadium. Great crowd. Seven lead changes. Indescribable tension at the end. A goal line stand to win it.

I thought Bills’ Coach Sean McDermott made the right decision in going for it on fourth and one at the Titans’ two, down by three at 34-31 with 22 seconds left. Sure, you can kick the chip-shot FG to get to OT, but you’re on the road and injuries are piling up. Your defense has been helpless in the second half. You’re in complete control of the clock. You have a marvelously tough and athletic quarterback in Josh Allen. You’re not going to get a better chance to win the game in overtime than you do right there.

Good decision. And I’m ok with the QB sneak play call, too. Unfortunately for Buffalo, Allen slipped as he took the snap and tried to plow forward. Snuffed, mostly by Tennessee defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, who destroyed his would-be blocker.  Game over.

The Bills’ defense just couldn’t get a stop in the second half, when the Titans scored on all three possessions. Ryan Tannehill was a perfect 9-9 for 103 yards in the fourth quarter, and the beastly Derrick Henry had another huge game with 143 rushing yards and three TDs.

As they say, these two AFC heavyweights could “see each other again” in January. No football fan would turn that down.

Monday Night Football will never again be the sizzling spectacle that it was in the 70s and 80s. That was just a different time. But I’m very much enjoying the current MNF announce crew of Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick.  Nice work, always, and presented in just the right key and tone for MNF. That trio is a good watch and listen.

And then there is the cold side of the NFL. Houston to cut Whitney Mercilus? That guy is pure, and has been as dependable and faithful as anyone in Texans history. Merciless.

Lions rookie head coach Dan Campbell, engaging as he is, ought to know better than to pick a public beef with his quarterback, Jared Goff. No upside whatsoever. C’mon, Man!

The 0-6 Lions will visit Goff’s old team, the 5-1 Rams on Sunday. That will be…awkward.

My reaction to the firing of Washington State head football coach Nick Rolovich and four assistants for failing to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate?  Bye. Your first job is always to protect your players. You failed. Bye.

Astros?  Yeesh. They have to have it tonight. Let’s go, Greinke.

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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.