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The Saints will bring the juice tonight. Taysom Hill gets his first start of the year at QB, his injured foot is improving and he has practiced fully all week. Hill is very popular among both Saint teammates and fans. Super Dome will be rockin’ and Sean Payton will be itching to open up his playbook more than he has while Trevor Siemian was the starter. New Orleans is desperate after dropping four straight to fall to 5-6.

Hill will light up that huddle, but it will glow like Times Square if Alvin Kamara is ready to go. Kamara has had some limited practice on his gimpy knee this week, and is officially listed as questionable.  This is the NFL. “Questionable” means, “Hell, yes, I’m playing. I’ll see you at seven.”  Ditto for Mark Ingram, who has always been a Kowboy Killer.

Then there’s the other side of the equation. Dallas has lost three of its last four. The Cowboys have a COVID problem, at least if you consider the absence of Mike McCarthy to be problematic. Cooper and Lamb are back, at least. That cannot be a bad thing. We’ll see if and how much Zeke plays. Part of me thinks the rational move would be to just throw the keys to Tony Pollard.

There’s only one thing about this game we know for sure. The Saints will play like their hair is on fire.  We don’t know what spark Dallas will bring.  TBD.

The Seahawks are taking a look at Adrian Peterson. Is Earnest Byner not available?

I respect former NFL G.M. Mike Tannenbaum. He just ranked his top 35 NFL quarterbacks. It’s meant to be a snapshot, not a lifetime achievement list. Here’s his top five.

  1. Rodgers
  2. Mahomes
  3. Brady
  4. Murray
  5. Prescott

OK. I might shuffle that a little, but we’re pretty much on the same page. But the shocking part of Tannenbaum’s ranking is in the lower part of the list.

      11. Stafford

       12. Wilson

       17. Ryan

       19. Wentz

       26. Roethlisberger

       27. Mayfield

       28. Bridgewater

       31. Dalton

       33. Goff

       34. Newton

I believe economists and financial analysts would call this ledger “depreciating assets.” That’s a lot of “dead money.”

No baseball? Hell, I’m finally in a place in my life when I can watch more baseball. And now there’s no baseball to watch. I’m gonna go all Overwrought Charlton Heston on you.

“Damn you!  Damn you all to hell!”

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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.