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Do Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth owe Lamar Jackson money? That wasn’t as much a football telecast as it was a Slobber Fest. Jackson now holds the record for Most Fawning Accolades Received in a Game by a Quarterback Who Threw Four Interceptions.

At 8-3, the Ravens are now the One Seed in the AFC. They play hard. They play defense. They run the rock. Jackson, when he’s not tossing quadraceptions, is the most exciting player in the NFL. So, I’ll join Mike and Cris in giving The Edgar Allans their props.

But I can’t see the Ravens in the SB. I don’t think that formula can hold up for three (or four) straight games against playoff competition. 

So which teams are strong enough to bench press that AFC banner all the way to L.A.? The Bengals are. The Patriots are (the PATRIOTS are?).

The Chiefs still could be. The Colts can beat anybody (missed it by THIS MUCH yesterday).

And I wouldn’t throw dirt in the Titans’ faces just yet if they can get A.J. Brown back off IR. And get Julio Jones back off IR. And hold on long enough to get Derrick Henry back off IR. Yeah, ok, I know…

But I did think the Titans swung their short stick hard yesterday until the Pats broke it open late.

NFC? Looks to me like we could be heading toward déjà vu at Lambeau all over again. With the Bucs once again wearing the white jerseys.

Tampa Bay is finding just the right offensive balance (or ballast, with Fournette). And Green Bay’s defense has made a Quantum Lambeau Leap.

But I’ve about had it with Mason Crosby staring down his holder every time he yanks a FG. Not cool.

The Rams are broke. And I don’t think there’s enough time to fix them. Something is wrong…bad wrong…with Stafford.

Too many current issues with the Cowboys. But unlike the Rams, Dallas may still have a chance to get it back together.

Oh, then there’s that 9-2 team in the desert. You know, the one that had the bye yesterday. That cactus is prickly.

And it is not too late for the 49ers. They are once again healthy. And very resourceful.

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts gets my Suffer in Silence Award. He threw what should have been the winning TD pass against the Giants…twice. Only to see the same receiver drop it…twice.  I hope there are better days ahead for Jalen Reagor, who, to his credit, did man up in the postgame interview room.

I think I’ll go man up at the donut shop.

You know what they say in college football. “When the going gets tough, the tough head to Hollywood.”  Say bye to the Missing Linc, Sooners.

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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.