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I like Mike Zimmer. So, I will view him fondly, wistfully and nostalgically as he heads for the door in Minnesota. I can’t defend him this time. The Vikings have one of the best rosters in the NFL, yet they have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league. They can’t win close games.  They’re at home tonight against the equally inconsistent Steelers. I guess somebody has to win, although Pittsburgh did find a way to tie the lowly Lions a few weeks ago. Of course, Minnesota actually LOST to the lowly Lions, becoming the only team so far this year to figure out a way to do that.

Yeah, I’ll watch. My name’s Paul, and I’m a Footballholic.

My guess is that Aaron Rodgers will STILL own the Bears Sunday night at Lambeau.

You generally don’t win NFL Coach of the Year by being great for two-plus decades. The usual path to that award is to affect the league’s biggest one-year turnaround. That’s why Bill Belichick…yes, Bill Belichick…will likely be COTY.

Oh, why can’t people get the man’s name right? I mean, he’s only the best coach in NFL history.  That last syllable?  It’s “chick,” not “check.” What’s so hard about this?

The good news for the Saints as they try to break a five-game skid Sunday against the Jets? New Orleans will have Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara ready to go.  The bad news? Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram are both on the COVID list.

It’s getting pretty close “tell us who you really are”  time for the….Browns, Raiders, Chargers, Bengals, Colts, Dolphins, 49ers and Eagles. Yes? No?

File this under, “unintended consequences.” College football has utilized a mid-December early recruiting signing date since 2017. Seemed like a good idea. But now coaches are getting fired left and right during the season so that schools can have their new coach in place to stabilize their recruiting classes.  Twenty-two head coaches have already bitten the dust in this year’s cycle. Yes, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby confirms the NCAA is taking a new look at this early signing date thing.

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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.