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43-3. And I thought the “3” was even more impressive than the “43.” That looked pretty personal to Cowboys D.C. Dan Quinn, didn’t it?

It was fun watching Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis work. He displayed some fabulous technique in breaking up three passes.

Fun. I keep coming back to that word. Ceedee Lamb never gets far away from that word, He plays with a joy that’s infectious.

Getting Michael Gallup back doesn’t hurt, either.

Now let the hype begin for that upcoming Game of the Century against the Chiefs. Who was that guy wearing #15 for Kansas City last night?

So, at midseason, where are we? Every time a team seems to develop what I call “The Look,” they immediately turn around and display the They Look Like Hell.

Yesterday it was the Cardinals’ and Buccaneers’ who took a dive into Dante’s Inferno. What was up with THAT?

Pretty much the same thing happened to the Cowboys and Bills a week ago. They both bounced back in style yesterday, and I would expect Arizona and Tampa Bay to do the same next week.

I guess that blowout of the Cowboys was the Broncos’ “off game.” Woo, that was ugly yesterday at Mile High against the Eagles.

No, the Patriots are not going to the Super Bowl. But they are going to the playoffs. They’re pretty good now, and on both sides of the ball.  Must have something to do with coaching.

That was a big-time NFL game yesterday between the Titans and Saints. Tennessee looks like the current class of the AFC, and I can’t say enough good things about the way the Saints fought in the absence of Alvin Kamara. And we can all knock it off with dismissive references to Trevor Siemian. That guy can sling it!

Ditto for Taylor Heinicke of the WFT. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who saw him in college at Old Dominion. That’s a gun!

Imagine how bad the Seahawks offense would have been without Russell Wilson. Oh, wait…

Who knew an NFL game can end in a tie? Well, apparently not Steelers rookie Najee Harris.

The Lions best player and busiest player is their punter, Jack Fox. He’s used to it. Before he was the Lions’ best and busiest player, he was the Rice Owls’ best and busiest player. There ain’t one thing fair about this life.

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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.