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It was one of those, “There is no accounting for or explaining ANY of this stuff!” Sundays in the NFL.

I loved it.

Even the parts that weren’t so lovable. Like the Cowboys getting spanked at home by a Bronco team that had looked pretty pedestrian through its first eight games. At least for now, I’m gonna write that off to “one of those days.”

Yes, that was me on the Chris Duel Show Friday morning saying the Broncos had “no chance.” It appears T. Bridgewater was not listening to me.

And I should have seen the Raiders’ loss to the Giants coming.  A Western team flying all the way to the East Coast for an early game?  That almost never works out well for the visitors.

Although the Chargers survived in Philly.

But I’m not gonna dog myself a lot about the Buffalo losing at Jacksonville. What? It will be hard for the Bills to wash out that stink.

And look who is now right on the Bills’ tail in the AFC East. Yep. THOSE guys.

It did not surprise me that the Vikings took the Ravens to OT. Minnesota actually has one of the better rosters in the NFL. But neither did it surprise me that the Vikes couldn’t finish. They seemingly never do. Zim may be getting close to the end in Minneapolis.

Addition by subtraction in Cleveland? The Browns, now freed from the ball-and-chain that is OBJ, played fast and focused in vaporizing the Bengals. Baker looked sharp.

CBS Analyst Tony Romo looked and sounded like a jackass by embarrassing his director and producer on-air. Not cool. And the guys in the truck will not forget that. I like Romo. Genuinely. And he is a tremendous analyst. But don’t tell your television broadcast superiors (and they ARE your superiors) how to do their jobs, Tony. I hope Romo bought a lot of beers after that pompousness.

No Kyler, No D.-Hop. No problem for the Cardinals. That was pretty cool, Colt.

And the Titans, on the road and without King Henry, made the Rams look sheepish. And what was up with Stafford?  Did he think he was Jordan Love?

Which brings us to…that. Yeah, I know that was the kid’s first NFL start. Yeah, I know the pressure was crushing. Yeah, I know Rodgers didn’t do the Packers any favors last week. Yeah, I know Arrowhead is a zoo. And, yeah, I know Love found a little bit of rhythm late in the game, and even threw his first career TD pass. I also know that Chiefs D.C. Steve Spagnuolo would have sent 16 guys at The Young Man if he could have gotten away with it.

But I also know what I saw. Love is NOT the Packers’ future. I saw some things I don’t think can fixed.

I’m sure glad you thought all this through, Rodgers.  I mean, imagine how bad all this might be if you weren’t such an advanced “critical thinker” and didn’t do your own research.

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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.