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7-0. Decisive. No doubt.  No debate. No woulda-coulda-shoulda. That’s actually easier on me as an Astros fan. Congrats to the Braves.  Thanks to the ‘Stros for a fun season.

Ooh, but one more thing. So, Carlos, you’re saying there’s a chance?

The first CFP rankings are out, and with that comes the start of Whining and Braying Season. Relax. This will all play out.

Yeah, I’m a little surprised ‘Bama is #2. But the Tide will either lose another game and will fall out, or they’ll win out, in which case they will absolutely deserve to be the in the playoff.

At #6, Cincy is pissed, understandably. But the Bearcats have a path forward in their quest to be the first Group of Five team to make the CFP.

Congrats to the committee for having the huevos to rank Au Jus #8. That seems about right to me, despite the Sooners’ 9-record.

It’s Watch Yo Ass Wednesday!

The following college football teams need to Watch They Ass heading into Saturday. (Potential tormentors in parentheses.)

Wake Forest (Norff Carolina)

Pittsburgh (Duke)

Michigan State (Purdue)

Oklahoma State (West Virginia)

Baylor (They Nasty!)     (TCU)

Norff Carolina State (Florida State)

Kentucky (Tennessee)

Oregon (Washington)

Texas (Iowa State) Admittedly, that would not in any way be an upset.

UTSA (UTEP)

Y’ALL ALL BETTA WATCH YO ASS!

Saturday’s Marquee Matchup? Auburn at Texas A&M. Coin flip. But it comes up War Eagle.

Lotsa handwringing about college coaches getting fired at midseason. I’m a realist. We’re gonna see more and more of that because of the new December early signing date.

If a school has decided to part ways with their guy, there’s no reason to wait, and every reason not to. Brutal business. But ain’t nobody gonna starve.

Kudos to the Raiders for not waiting even a day. Horrible story.

Proof that my eyes are failing. I saw a sports headline yesterday afternoon that at first glance I thought read, “Packers cut Jaclyn Smith.” I considered that a foolish move.

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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.