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That’s better. No, it was not always pretty. But it was solid. And it was tough. And it was rejuvenating, and should restore some reassurance and confidence heading into the Cowboys’ “mini-bye.”

In a hostile house, and without their head coach and five assistants, Dallas dominated the fourth quarter, intercepting Taysom Hill three times in the final six and half minutes to finish with four picks on the night.  Four interceptions by four different defenders, including a game-sealing Pick-6 by DL Carlos Watkins.

CeeDee Lamb was back in a big way. Tony Pollard gave Saints’ DB Marcus Williams a geometry lesson.

Micah Parsons not only wrapped up Taysom Hill for a sack, he wrapped up (not that there was a doubt) NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, and he might even make the first-team All-Pro roster. I’m not kidding.

And they did all that wearing those ugly-ass, Walmart looking, dingy blue jerseys. Impressive.

In the Apollo Program, if the capsule was right-side-up in the water after splashdown and not listing wildly in the waves, the craft was said to be in “Stable-One” position.

The Cowboys left New Orleans in Stable One.

Now there’s time to get rested and restored before another scheduled liftoff Dec. 12 against the WFT.

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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.