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I don’t see this as a piece of pumpkin pie for the Cowboys today. Dallas, especially offensively, has had trouble against AFC West teams this season. Zeke has struggled a bit of late, and is gimping with a nicked knee and ankle. No Amari. We don’t know CeeDee’s status as he tries to clear concussion protocol. Tyron Smith will play. How effectively he’ll play is another matter.

The Raiders have been through hell, on the field and particularly off of it. After a hot start, they’re 5-5 and have lost three straight. Derek Carr has been a stud as a human being and a leader, but his play has fallen off. I absolutely expect to see some of the more mobile Marcus Mariota today as the Raiders try to keep Micah Parsons from eating their casserole.

Dallas will win, but Cowboy fans will experience some post-turkey indigestion. Raiders tight end Darren Waller will make us particularly uncomfortable.

Cowboys 31 Raiders 24

Bears Chairman George McCaskey called the team together yesterday to tell them that despite published reports, Matt Nagy will not be fired today.

The operative word is “today.”

Lions get their first win, 21-17.

I’m gonna try to shake off the tryptophan and stay sharp for Bills-Saints. The Bills are at the edge of the cliff. The banged-up Saints have lost three straight and will once again be without Alvin Kamara. Mark Ingram is questionable. But New Orleans still plays VERY hard for Sean Payton. It will once again be Swiss Army Knife Mode for Taysom Hill.

One way or the other, we will learn something about the Bills tonight. And, one way or the other, the Bills will learn something about themselves.

Buffalo lives to fight another day.

Bills 24 Saints 21

Those NFL owners pre-Super Bowl cocktail parties in L.A. will be a might awkward. Rams owner Stan Kroenke will be the host, of course. The NFL just scratched a 790 million dollar check to the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County to settle their suit resulting from the Rams’ dishonest and unethical exodus.

Rhymes with “donkey.”

Finally, this just in. Saban is a genius. A true genius. That was BEAUTIFUL.

Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving from Radically Rational.

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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.