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I WAS WRONG ABOUT…

A lot of things, for sure…

But in particular, the Packers. Yes, I thought all the offseason histrionics would cleave that team. Nope. Turns out all the melodrama just galvanized it. Rodgers is smart. He’s Jeopardy smart.

Seventh straight. This one on the road (kind of). Against a 7-0 team. Without the Packers’ three top receivers. On a short week. Clinched by their defense.

Hey, Old Timers. Do you ever remember the NFC this being so loaded, essentially halfway through the season?

The Packers are for real. That loss doesn’t even ding the Cardinals. The Cowboys have “The Look.”  The Rams are a complete team. And, oh yeah. There’s that team on the Gulf side of Florida…You know, the one with That Guy.

And the Saints could still get crazy.

Fun stuff!

No need for us to toast the ’72 Dolphins this morning. Rest assured they lifted their own glasses last night.

As a Texans fan, I’m disappointed that the team has traded RB Mark Ingram back to his old stomping grounds in New Orleans.

Certainly it’s a good move for the Saints, who now reunite Ingram with Alvin Kamara and can reduce Kamara’s ever-increasing workload. The 4-2 Saints are still figuring out who they are in the Post-Brees Era, and reacquiring a true pro like Ingram will help forge their new identity. Jameis Winston, in particular, will benefit.

But I don’t see what the Texans accomplished here, other than pissing off their locker room. The 31-year-old Ingram is wildly popular in that room and has been regarded as almost a father-figure by Houston’s young roster.  Receiver Brandin Cooks simply tweeted, “This is bullshit. Such a joke.”

Eloquent. And accurate, IMO.

Ingram returns to New Orleans needing just 90 yards to surpass Deuce McAllister as the Saints all-time leading career rusher.

SUNDAY’S FORECAST CALLS FOR PAIN FOR: (WINNERS IN PARENTHESES)

Panthers (Falcons)

Dolphins (Bills)

Bears (Niners)

Steelers (Browns)

Eagles (Lions. Yes. Detroit is going to win a football game.)

Titans (Colts. Game is in Indy.)

Jets (Bengals)

Texans (Rams)

Patriots (Chargers)

Jaguars (Seahawks)

WFT (Broncos)

Saints (Buccaneers)

Vikings (Cowboys)

Giants (Chiefs) Monday

If the current four-team format for the CFP is expanded (and that’s a “when,” not an “if”), the execs who run the current 43 bowl games are lobbying like hell to make sure all playoff games are played within the existing bowl structure, rather than playing any of them at the home stadium of the higher-seeded team.

Of course they do. Presumably, they enjoy being employed. Duh.

The NAACP is currently “anti-Texas.” I get it. I currently am, too. I love this state. But we suck out loud right now.

Clearly Ed Orgeron had to go in Baton Rouge. But I fail to see how keeping him on through the end of the season makes any sense for anyone.

And wait a minute. I didn’t catch all of this. But what’s this about the artist formerly known as Ron Artest buying Facebook?  What? WHAT?

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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.