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At various times dating back to the start of NFL training camps, the Bucs, Chiefs, Bills, Cowboys, Rams, Ravens, Packers, Titans and Cardinals have all at least briefly been regarded as “the best team in football.”

They have all surged and faded. Or faded and surged. Each has had at least one “WTF?” loss.

The Jolly Roger is smiling. “No doubt the universe is unfolding…as it should…”

The most consistent and resourceful team has been Arizona. But even the Cards stunk it up in their blowout loss…at home…to Cam and the Panthers a couple of weeks ago.

Injuries and illnesses rule the league. To date, the Cardinals have done the best job of overcoming them. As Faultless Frank Gifford once famously said, “Pro football is like nuclear war. There are no winners. Only survivors.”

So…after eleven weeks…

Paul’s NFL Power Rankings

  1. Cardinals (9-2) Not just the best record. The best team. (At least right now.)
  2. Packers (8-3) Yes, I watched the Vikings beat them.
  3. Buccaneers (7-3) Yes, I know they had lost two straight until last night.
  4. Titans (8-3) Yes, I saw the Texans…the Texans…spank them.
  5. Chiefs (7-4) It gaut bettah.
  6. Ravens (7-3) It’s not COVID. So WTH is up with Lamar?
  7. Colts (6-5) Could still win the whole thing. I am completely serious.
  8. Cowboys (7-3) Problems abound.
  9. Patriots (7-4) Them AGAIN?
  10. Rams (7-3) It’s all or nothing for them. And it may be nothing.
  11. Vikings (5-5) The truth is they have one of the best rosters in the NFL. But…
  12. Chargers (6-4) Can’t stop the run…BUT HAVE YOU WATCHED HERBERT?

Bills? No. They’re bad right now. I did not say “inconsistent.” I said bad.

Bengals? They went through their slump. They could still sprint to the finish.

Steelers? I don’t see it.

One more thing. Okay, two more things.

The Eagles are getting pretty good. Hurts is a hellacious competitor.

Taylor Heinicke is not a beer. He is a wind-cheating, drill-bit throwing dude.

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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.