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No pass? No problem.

He really is the best. Ever. I’m talking about The Hoodie. It’s not just hype. It’s not just reputation. He’s the best ever.

“We played kind of the way we felt like we needed to play to win.”

That quote ought to be on a plaque next to his bust in Canton someday. Because that’s the core of his genius.

We’ve seen the Patriots throw it 55 times in order to win. Whatever it takes. And last night Mac Jones attempted three passes. Two completions for 19 yards. You can do that when you run the rock 46 times for 226.

Result?  Pats win in cold, windy, nasty Buffalo, 14-10. New England, after starting the season 2-4, has now won seven straight and is the top seed in the AFC.

The Ravens are just about out of players. In particular, they are just about out of DBs. Pro-Bowl corner Marlon Humphrey is gone for the year with a torn pec. He becomes the seventh Baltimore starter and third secondary starter to be lost for the season. Harbaugh was telling the truth when he said that impacted his unsuccessful decision to go for two late against the Steelers on Sunday.

Cam Jordan’s iron man streak is in jeopardy. The Saints defender has never missed a game since he was drafted in the first round in 2011. He’s played in 172 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. But he’s now on the COVID list, making him questionable for this Sunday’s game against the Giants. Jordan joins Chargers WR Keenan Allen and Packers backup QB Jordan Love in COVID Dry Dock.

Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeau has said no thank you to his team’s
Alamo Bowl date with Au Jus. You can do that if you might be the top pick in next spring’s draft.

Meanwhile, now former Ducks Coach Mario Cristobal is leaving Eugene for Miami. Now former Hurricanes Coach Manny Diaz spent the last week on the road recruiting for Miami, knowing he was about to get whacked. I can’t decide if that’s admirable or pathetic.

Bryce Young and three other dudes are going to New York for the Heisman thing Saturday night. Y’all enjoy it.

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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.