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Paul’s NFL Power Rankings (Following Week Seven)

  1. Cardinals (7-0) Not just the best record. The best team, at least so far.
  2. Rams (6-1) Can you find a weakness?
  3. Buccaneers (6-1) He threw four more TDs. That’s 602. He is still the very best.
  4. Cowboys (5-1) “Dey got da look. They musta took…a whole hour just to make up their face…”
  5. Packers (6-1) “I still effing own you, NFC Norff!”
  6. Titans (5-2) You want to play them right now?
  7. Bills (4-2) Still wouldn’t surprise me if they won the SB.
  8. Bengals (5-2) Burrow, yes!  But are you watching that defense?
  9. Raiders (5-2) Jon who?
  10. Ravens (5-2) Despite yesterday.

Knocking on the door:

Colts. Indy got off to a slow start, mostly because of injuries. But the Horseshoes got it rollin’ now. And Wentz is now looking like he did before his injury in Philly. That race between Indy and the Titans in the AFC Souff is gonna be big fun from here on out. And they play each other this coming Sunday!

Chargers. Could still start glowing white-hot in a heartbeat. But can’t stop the run.

Conspicuous by their absence (in order of magnitude of disappointment).

  1. Chiefs. They’re not “in a slump.” They’re bad.
  2. 49ers.   Zero margin for error. And facing some genuine problems.
  3. Dolphins. How can a 1-6 team be “disappointing”? Because they were legit in 2020.
  4. Seahawks. They better win tonight.
  5. Browns. Injuries, sure, but…
  6. Vikings. That’s a big game vs. the Cowboys next Sunday.

And speaking of next week…(now this week!)

Cards and Packers on Thursday? Yabba dabba dooo!

Steelers at Browns.  There will be blood. There always is.

Titans at Colts. See above.

Cowboys at Vikings. Both coming off a bye. ‘Boys hoping Dak is ok.

On this date…

In 1971. The Cowboys opened Texas Stadium with a 44-21 pasting of the Pats. And my belly was flat. And I could run like a scalded gazelle…and…Sorry, I digress.

Manana

We’ll talk COLLEGE pig! And we have a killer slate of games coming up Saturday!

All hail The Great Game!

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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.