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Tell the truth. In the fourth quarter last night, didn’t you think the Steelers would complete a comeback from a 29-point deficit? Or, better put, weren’t you certain the Vikings would blow a 29-point lead? Because, you know, that’s what the Vikings do?

Yeah, Pittsburgh scored 28 second half points, but the Steelers are a mess. Chuck Noll is spinning. That is not a tough team. That is not a physical team. That is not a disciplined team. And here’s the truth. They’re just not listening to Tomlin anymore. It eventually happens with every coach, no matter how great.

Dalvin Cook goes off for 205. 205. Somewhere Joe Greene is mumbling to himself.

I sat down at my keyboard at 4:05 a.m. to the news that Demaryius Thomas had died. I just stared at the screen for ten minutes. I’ll simply echo Peyton Manning’s reaction. “Devastated.” I put a lot of stock in how teammates feel about a guy. D was universally beloved. I mean, beloved. And now he’s gone, two weeks before what would have been his 34th birthday. On Christmas. Initial indications are it was a medical issue.

More than ever, the NFL is all about attrition. The Packers are getting pretty thin at WR. They had already lost Robert Tonyan. Now we learn that Randall Cobb had core muscle surgery during the Pack’s bye week. Green Bay will be fortunate if they get him back for the playoffs.

WTH got into Mike McCarthy? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not offended. In fact, I kinda liked it. Mikey Mac returns to the team after ten days in COVID lockdown and immediately tells reporters, “We’re going to win this game,” meaning Sunday’s joust with the WFT. Continues Mikey, “I’m confident in that.”

I’m glad he is. I’m not so sure. Washington has won four straight. That defense has gotten itself together. Taylor Heinicke is a swashbuckler. Tony Pollard is questionable with a torn plantar fascia, which is the medical term for, “My foot hurts like hell!” And Zeke, soldiering through a knee injury, has not rushed for more than 51 yards in his last six games.

Spoiler alert. You can go bowling tomorrow night instead of watching the Heisman ceremony. That’s a wrap after Bryce Young picked up the Maxwell. I’m good. One, I’ve never really cared about the Heisman, and, two, Young has earned it. That 43-4 touchdown pass to interception ratio sorta got my attention.

But you better be hunkered down in front of your tv tomorrow afternoon! It’s your American duty!  Army-Navy! My favorite game. I love watching service academy football. Army is better than Navy this year. But not so much better that the Midshipmen can’t pull an upset.

The Ducks are trying to get the band back together. Persistent rumors that Chip Kelly is headed back to Oregon. I tend to believe that. I also think it will prove disastrous.

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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.