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I’m inclined to cut Dak some slack. No, he is not playing particularly well. Yes, he made a series of head scratch-inducing decisions against the WFT. But I’ve yet to see anything I would consider a crisis.

Dak was wearing the league out last year until his fracture. Dak was wearing the league out again this season until his calf injury. I suspect there are some lingering effects. It’s called “football.”

I’m much more concerned with the state of the Dallas running game. Because that’s where it all starts, offensively. Get that going again, and you’ll be shocked at how quickly Dak starts lighting it up again off play action.

Think about it. With the exception of Brady and Rodgers (and Brady and Rodgers are the exceptions to everything, always), EVERY highly-regarded or high-profile NFL quarterback has been through at least one deep slump this season.

Josh Allen?  Check.

Kyler Murray? Check.

Patrick Mahomes? Check.

Russell Wilson? Check.

Joe Burrow? Check.

Ryan Tannehill? Check.

Lamar Jackson? Check.

Matthew Stafford? Check.

Justin Herbert? Check

Carson Wentz? Check.

Kirk Cousins? Check.

Baker Mayfield? Check. (Although he is becoming less “highly regarded.”)

Ben Roethlisberger? Check (Although he is clearly washed.)

I want Dak healthy, settled and confident a month from now. I think he will be.

Watch Yo Ass Wednesday!

The following favorites need to watch they ass as they head to their Week 15 matchups. (Potential tormentors in parentheses.)

Chiefs (Chargers)

Patriots (Colts)

Broncos (Bengals)

Rams (Seahawks)

Buccaneers (Saints)

Vikings (Bears)


Here’s a downer. COVID, almost two years into this pandemic, may yet determine who wins the Super Bowl, and the NBA Championship. This may get worse and more widespread than it did last year.

It’s a given that Urban Meyer will be one-and-done in Jacksonville. What I don’t understand is how anyone ever thought that was going to work in the first place. Bad guy,

And Dan Snyder and his wife are going to have to sell the WFT. The Jolly Roger has had enough.

Say hi to O.J. if you see him today. O.J. Simpson is now a completely free man.

Yeah, I know. It’s early signing day in college football. I will not grovel. Go to class. Be a good person. Be a good teammate. Become a good player. Play your butt off. Don’t be a jackass. Then maybe I’ll learn your name.

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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.