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Attaboy to Steelers kicker Chris Boswell. A week after getting concussed on a ridiculous fake field goal coaching call that almost cost Pittsburgh a game (and almost cost Chris his head), Boswell knocked it down the middle late Monday night to beat the Bears. That, after he nailed a 52-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter. See, Rice at least has produced tough kickers…

That’s four straight for a Steeler team that looked down and out a month ago. As we enter the back half of the season, all four AFC North horses are still in the race, although the Bengals seem to have thrown a shoe. And now that the Browns have lost about 190 pounds (OBJ), they will start to sprint.

Take heart, Bears fans. Yes, your comeback attempt fell short, but your rookie quarterback lost his deer in the headlights stare and replaced it with an assassin’s gaze. Nice work by Justin “Elysian” Fields.

Paul’s Power Rankings After Week Nine

  1. Cardinals (8-1)
  2. Buccaneers (6-2)
  3. Titans (7-2)
  4. Rams (7-2)
  5. Packers (7-2)
  6. Ravens (6-2)
  7. Cowboys (6-2)
  8. Bills (5-3)
  9. Chargers (5-3)
  10. Steelers (5-3)

Keeping an eye on…the Patriots. Although they’re playing real teams for the rest of the season.

In free fall…The Raiders. Video death threats?

Too late for…the Seahawks. But it’s nice to see Russell Wilson (and Russell Wilson’s bird) back.

Aaron Rodgers? Like a good neighbor, I’m “cutting back.”

I don’t know anything about Joey McGuire, other than that he is exceptionally well-wired in the Texas high school coaching fraternity. That at least bodes well for the Red Raiders.

We’ve all heard the definition of insanity, right? See, “Nebraska Cornhuskers.” There’s Frost on that pumpkin. Self-stuck in “neutral.”

Yoo-Dub Coach Jimmy Lake hit one of his players on the sideline. He gets an unpaid week off for now.  But, TBC, would be my strong guess. HR is the 12th player in the huddle these days. And that’s largely a good thing.

Wanna play a little wide receiver for the Longhorns this week against Kansas? They have an opening. Joshua Moore has left the building through the “portal.” At the moment, “UT” stands for University of Tawdry. And we haven’t even talked about Pole Assassins, and rabid monkeys, and…

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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.