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In boxing, it’s often said that “styles make fights.” Same thing in football. The Niners were stylin’ last night against the Rams. Not that it’s surprising. That’s five straight 49er wins over a divisional rival. That’s legal ownership.

This is just an, “Oh, by the way.”  But when the Niners are healthy and have it going on, there’s no team in the NFL I’d rather watch. I sometimes hear folks saying San Francisco plays Caveman Football. Quite the contrary. That system is 22nd Century sophisticated. That’s some PhD stuff. They just do it with a gazillion tight ends and fullbacks, rather than going five-wide empty. Their blocking angles would make Pythagoras envious.

That 18 play, 93 yard, 11:03 TOP first quarter TD drive was a museum piece. At 4-5, it’s going to be difficult for the Niners to win the NFC West. But they may determine who does win it. Just ask the Rams.

It was Groundhog Day for Matthew Stafford. For the second straight week, he threw back-to-back first quarter interceptions. And for the second straight week, the Rams lost. Funny how that works…

I’m already fired up about next Sunday’s games. Sure, Cowboys-Chiefs is the Main Event. But I want to see how some good teams respond after getting their tushes torched in Week Ten. Show me what you got, Ravens (vs. Bears). Get right, Cardinals (vs. Seahawks). And then there’s the Monday Nighter between The Bucs and Giants. Tampa Bay is looking a little pale and wan to me. You?

Oh, the object you see receding in your rear-view mirror is the L.A. Chargers.

Hey, Teddy. Nobody’s expecting you to be Dick Butkus. But, WTH? Couldn’t you at least attempt to grab the guy’s flag?  At least Mr. B. is owning it.

Former Jets Coach Rex Ryan publicly going after Current Jets Coach Robert Saleh? Tawdry. (Isn’t “tawdry” a handy word?)

Paul’s Power Rankings (Freeze-frame snapshot after Week Ten)

  1. Packers (8-2)
  2. Titans (8-2)
  3. Cowboys (7-2)
  4. Bills (6-3)
  5. Cardinals (8-2)
  6. Buccaneers (6-3)
  7. Rams (7-3)
  8. Ravens (6-3)
  9. Chiefs (6-4)
  10. Patriots (6-4) Yeah…them again.

Teams you don’t wanna play right now would include the Panthers, the WFT, and…the Philadelphia Eagles?

You think that’s crazy? Get a load of the dream I had last night. I dreamed Kansas beat Texas at Boys Tackle Football.  Bad mushrooms?

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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.