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You are probably thinking I’m gonna get snarky and sarcastic about the Longhorns. No. This is just sad. And disorienting. Texas just got beat in boys tackle football, at home, in overtime by a basketball school by a basketball score.

No snark. Sadness.

I’ll save the snark for Waco. “Ambivalence” for me is turning out to be right after publicly picking Baylah (They Nasty!) to win a football game. But it was not hard to see that coming. I’m not going to go as far as to say Au Jus has been living a lie, but the Sooners’ Schooner has been pretty rickety at times. Finally broke an axle.

Oh, and Au Jus ain’t through losing.

You think ANYBODY wants to play Oklahoma State right about now?

And, Baylah (They NASTY!) What WAS up with that late FG? Inquiring minds want to know. I guess there’ll be no Christmas card exchange this holiday season?

Aggies, this is just a question, not a poke. How upset are you about the loss at Ole Miss?  Encouraged by the comeback? Or lucky that wasn’t a blowout?

Nice work by:

Michigan

Notre Dame

Wake Forest

MISSISSIPPI STATE! (HUH?)

Iowa

Kansas State

Florida State

Texas Tech

Yeah, I know I’m one of only about three people who care. But the Mike Bloomgren Era at Rice ended for me yesterday. Nothing personal. Seems like a good enough bloke. But it didn’t work. And it’s not going to work. Next.

UTSA did not get upset by Southern Miss. No. UTSA ALMOST got upset by Southern Miss. My point is that the Roadrunners have nothing to be apologetic about. Good teams, and mature teams, avoid getting upset on days when they ALMOST get upset. Everybody is going to have days like that. You know how you describe UTSA? Undefeated.

And besides, even if the Roadrunners had lost to Southern Miss, that wouldn’t have been as bad as losing to, say, Kansas, right?

Wonder what Dan Mullen is going to be doing next year.

You DID see that USC-Cal was postponed because of COVID, right? This ain’t over.

Fullbacks are out of fashion. On-line tight ends are passe. Smashmouth is so over. Defense is déclassé, right? Okay, then you tell me who’s gonna beat Georgia. Actually, I’ll tell you. Nobody. Back to the Future? I love it. I have some old ties that will be coming back into fashion, too.  I mean, you know, if I still had a need to wear ties…

The Bulldogs say, “Stick THAT in your spread…”

SUNDAY SOOTHSAYER

Cowboys 31 Falcons 24 (I want to see how Gallup looks)

Titans 28 Saints 17

Colts 34 Jags 14

Patriots 24 Browns 21

Bills 37 Jets 13

Steelers 21 Lions 17 (But no Big Ben?)

Buccaneers 34 WFT 17

Cardinals 27 Panthers 20

Chargers 24 Vikings 21

Broncos 24 Eagles 16

Seahawks 24 Packers 21 (Rodgers’ “Critical Thinking” draws the wrong conclusion.)

Raiders 34 Chiefs 31

(Mon.) Rams 27 49ers 21

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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.