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So, the Astros didn’t win the first one. The idea is to win the last one. But to do that, they’d better win the next one.

Meaning Game Two tonight.

Man up, Charlie Morton!  You could only throw 16 pitches on a broken leg, Cupcake? Seriously, that was studly. Salute, and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

The Jolly Roger Tuesday restated that the Enneffell will not release its report on the WFT’s toxic culture. Goodell says the reason is that the league is committed to protecting the anonymity of witnesses who came forward. Some of those witnesses have already gone public and are demanding the league release the findings of the investigation. TBC. This boat is gonna get “leaky.”

I generally don’t believe coaches when they say “never.” But I believe Mike Tomlin when he says he will never take a college head coaching job. He’s an NFL lifer.

Now, James Franklin, on the other hand? He has a college head coaching job. And I think he’s going to get himself another college head coaching job. At either USC or LSU. Franklin was pretty evasive when asked about that at his weekly Penn State news conference.

QB 1-10

I’m a guy. Guys make lists. So here’s my NFL QB Top Ten List. This is not a lifetime achievement award. It reflects my view of how they are playing this year, right now.

  1. Tom Brady (Yes. Still. Right now.)
  2. Dak Prescott
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Kyler Murray
  5. Joe Burrow
  6. Josh Allen
  7. Derek Carr
  8. Lamar Jackson
  9. Justin Herbert
  10. Ryan Tannehill

Yes, I am aware of a certain AFC West QB who is not on this list. I’m also aware that if I expanded this list to 11, he still wouldn’t be on it right now. Matthew Stafford would be my “next guy up.”

It’s “Watch Yo Ass Wednesday!”

I am placing the following college football teams on “Upset Alert” as they head into Saturday’s matchups.  (Potential tormentors in parentheses.)

Michigan (Michigan State)

Iowa (Wisconsin)

Texas (Baylor) Yeah, I know Baylor is favored and at home. But UT bettah watch they ass!  The Big Cigars would not be amused by a loss in Wacko By The Brazos.

Pittsburgh (Miami)

Iowa State (West Virginia)

Arizona State (Washington State)

Oklahoma (Texas Tech)

Purdue (Nebraska)

Wake Forest (Duke)

Ole Miss (Auburn)

Ohio State (Penn State)

Notre Dame (Norff Carolina)

N.C. State (Louisville)

UCLA (Utah) Not sure that would be an “upset.”

BYU (Virginia)


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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.