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Let’s play “Tough/Not Tough” on this Sunday morning following Week 10 in college football.

Tough—Aggies

Not Tough—Longhorns

Tough—Purdue

Not Tough—Longhorns

Tough—TCU

Not Tough—Longhorns

Tough—Army

Not Tough—Longhorns

Tough—UTSA

Not Tough—Longhorns

Tough—Arkansas

Not Tough—Longhorns

Tough—Illinois

Not Tough—Longhorns

Very Tough Indeed—Zach Calzada

Not Tough—Longhorns  

Sunday Soothsayer

Cowboys 31 Broncos 17

Texans 24 Dolphins 21 (Welcome back, Tyrod!)

Bengals 37 Browns 24

Falcons 27 Saints 20

Raiders 23 Giants 17

Patriots 24 Panthers 13

Bills 38 Jags 17

Ravens 31 Vikings 20

Chargers 28 Eagles 24

Chiefs 27 Packers 23

Cardinals 21 49ers 18

Rams 34 Titans 21

(Mon.) Steelers 28 Bears 23

As we learn more about how Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have made a mockery of COVID protocols (and we will), 31 other teams, coaching staffs and G.M.s are going to conduct a Code Red. NFL guys don’t like being played for chumps.

Can anyone tell me how this scandal (and hell yes it’s scandalous) should not result in a lengthy suspension for Rodgers, loss of draft choices for the Packers and loss of employment for any Packer front office personnel who were aware of this?

People I would not want to be this morning:

Steve Sarkisian

Mike Bloomgren

Mel Tucker

Mike Leach (I won’t want to be him tomorrow morning, either.)

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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.