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If you’re an Astros fan, you can only hope to make it to November.

Hey, Longhorns. They say that two can be a fluke, but three’s a habit. You got a monkey on your back. Rehab time?

It was completely predictable. Was there ever a doubt? As soon as the ‘Horns got up eleven, they were doomed.

Missed opportunities. Errant throws. Dropped balls. A run defense that can’t shut off running water. This is more than just déjà vu. This follows a script. Texas gets off to a good start, primarily because of exceptionally well-crafted game plans on both sides of the ball. Sark runs through his scripted plays, and the offense rolls. Then he hits the end of the script, and Texas hits the end of its rope. Then the doubt sets in. And before you know it somebody else’s band is playing.

Oh, and can somebody tell ABC/ESPN’s Joe Tessitore that its “Baylor” and not “Beller”? And, actually, it’s prounounced, “They Nasty!”

I’m not really a Heisman guy. It’s just never interested me that much. But the Heisman is all about “shiny” at this time of the year. Nobody’s shinier than Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III. That was an historic performance in a fabulous football game Saturday in East Lansing as Sparty came from 16 down to beat Michigan 37-33. Walker laid down 23 carries for 197 yards and five TDs. I said five TDs. It’s your trophy as far as I’m concerned, young man.

Oh, and here’s the thing, Harbaugh. You either beat Ohio State, or you’re gone. And you ain;t gonna beat Ohio State.

So, yeah, running for five touchdowns is good. So is throwing for six of them. That’s what Au Jus freshmen quarterback Caleb Williams did. He did it to Texas Tech. That must be taken into account. So, maybe an asterisk is worth considering.

Things can change in a hurry for teams and players. Remember a month ago when Spencer Rattler was The Man in Norman? Yesterday he was a garbage-time reliever for Williams, whose arm I’m sure was about to fall off. Rattler tossed a TD, the seventh of the day for Au Jus.

Oregon’s pretty good. And they’ve only ducked up once.

Dang, Iowa. WTH?

And what about you, Arizona State?

I’m sure it was nice while it lasted, San Diego State.

Wake Forest is now a football school. Yes.

Maybe you thought that Auburn win over Ole Miss was an upset. I didn’t.

But Mississippi State smackin’ Kentucky? I didn’t see that coming. Maybe I should have. That’s two pretty impressive SEC skins on the wall for the Pirate, between Kentucky and Aggies. I hope Leach doesn’t OD on candy corn tonight.

The current Texas coach is fo and fo. So is former Texas Coach Mack Brown, who now is trying to keep the tar on his heels and off his feathers. The Domers gave N.C. a beatdown.

Houston beat SMU. Paul, is it really that happy an occasion for you when SMU loses? Yes. Yes, it is.

We’re not talking about my Owls. At least not today.

Sunday Pig Palooza

Must-see:

Steelers at Browns

Titans at Colts

Bucs at Saints

Cowboys at Vikings

Things to look for in Minnesota tonight:

  1. Dak
  2. CeeDee Lamb’s jersey and socks. He’s already been fined $48,000 this season (and the season is young) for uniform violations and a little bit of taunting.

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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.