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How old am I?  I’m so old I remember when Jason Garrett was a hot play caller.

Wonder if JG now wants to take that (Joe) Judge out back of the courthouse and try a little bit of His Honor on? (“When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re not, you’re not.”)

Yes, it has come to this. A Jerry Reed reference in a sports blog.

Matt Nagy denies a report that the Bears are gonna fire him the instant the clock hits zero tomorrow in Detroit.  Translation. He’s packing up his office. That’s a turkey of a Thanksgiving. First, you have to be in Detroit, and then you get canned like cranberry sauce while you’re there.

Hell, I’ve been fired in better cities than Detroit. I never got fired on Thanksgiving. But I did manage to get bagged on Halloween one time. Ghoulish.

Yes. Absolutely. No kidding. No joke. I’m pissed at Amari Cooper. Irresponsible. Unprofessional. Selfish.

Zach Wilson will start for the Jets Sunday. That’s great. I’m still a Texans fan. Houston will get its third win of the season. Hey, Flacco!  Wuddya mean you’re not vaxxed?

The Titans are at a genuine season crossroads. They often looked like the best team in the NFL until King Henry went down. I get why they cut A.P. loose yesterday. He wasn’t getting much done. Tennessee was a hot mess in losing at home to the Texans last week. And they’re gonna get smacked again this Sunday at New England.

Speaking of teams and folks at a crossroads, Baker Mayfield needs to decide who he’s going to be. That’s not a good look right now.

College pig…Cincy cracks the top four in the CFP rankings, becoming the first Group of Five program to do that. I’m good with it. They kicked the stuffing out of a pretty good SMU team last week, and that earlier win over Notre Dame is looking even better.

I am now waiting for UTSA fans to start whining. (“What about US?!!)  The program at UTSA has come so far and is so good that its fans can now whine just like the big boys.

IT’S WATCH YO ASS WEDNESDAY!

The following college football teams need to watch they ass as they head into their games this weekend! (Potential tormentors in parentheses.)

Ole Miss (Mississippi State)

Texas (Kansas State)  Are the ‘Horns gonna close their season with seven straight losses?

Iowa (Nebraska)

Iowa State (TCU)

Ohio State (Michigan)

Wake Forest (Boston College)

UTSA (North Texas)

Alabama (Auburn)

Michigan State (Penn State)

Wisconsin (Minnesota)

Texas A&M (LSU)

Oklahoma (Oklahoma State)

Notre Dame (Stanford)

Y’ALL ALL BETTAH WATCH YO ASSSES!

Yes. I’m one of about three people globally who care deeply about Rice Owl football. So long, Bloomie. It’s nothing personal. Strictly business. You’ve had four years…

I’m feelin’ so strong today I’m gonna go deflect an asteroid.

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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.