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That was over Sooner than I would have thought at the Alamo Dome. Not even token resistance from Oregon in the first half.  One more thing about that game, and I’m done. Kennedy Brooks is a bad man. And the Stoops angle was semi-cool. So I guess that was two more things.

We are seeing “TBP”—Typical Bowl Pattern. Almost invariably, especially in “mid-tier” bowl games, one team at least kinda, sorta wants to play and the other team has no interest whatsoever.  Maryland 54, Virginia Tech 10.

Still, our Bowl Buffet looks pretty tasty today:

Norff Carolina vs. Souff Carolina

Tennessee vs. Purdue (Will rock!)

Pitt vs. Michigan State (Kenny Boy Pickett!)

Wisconsin. vs. Arizona State (Could you find two more different head coaches?)

Think it’s over for Clemson? The Tigers just posted their 11th straight season with at least ten wins. We should all be in such “decline.”

CFP Semis tomorrow. Question. Of the four teams, which one is getting no attention whatsoever?  No, it’s not Cincy. The Bearcats are getting all kinds of love. Answer? Georgia. And that is a mistake. Let’s not forget the Bulldogs were clearly the best team in the country for 12 weeks until they wet the bed for four hours against Alabama. Bad day at the office. You really think they’re gonna do that again? I’ll take that bet.

And for what it’s worth, Michigan is doing way too much yapping for my taste.

I am not an Aggie hater. I think some of their stuff is kinda cute.  But I don’t want to hear any “12th Man” b.s. ever again. They had the ultimate “12th Man” opportunity. And they turned it down. That leads me to invoke the P-word. 

Phonies. What did you think I meant?

Some people find Leach’s act entertaining. I am not one of those people.

Aaron Rodgers says he won’t drag it out this coming offseason. I’ll alert the media. Oh, wait…

That’s not leadership, Wentz. That’s not professionalism. That’s not smart. That’s not logical. And Reich actually put in a call to Philip Rivers? I’m pulling for Ehlinger.

Jimmy G. says don’t rule him out against the Texans. This, despite the fact that he has a fracture and torn ligaments in his throwing thumb. Try gripping a football without your thumb.  I have disdain for fans who have a very high threshold for other people’s pain.

The Panthers will start Darnold ahead of Cam Sunday against the Saints. Duh. Cam won’t be there next year. Darnold might not be, either. But find out if you can save him. Do you realize that Cam has lost his last eleven NFL starts?  Has any recent NFL coach ever fallen from grace as quickly as Matt Rhule? I mean, he was “Mr. September.”

Hey, if you’re up early, Chris Duel has invited me to be on his radio show on Ticket 760 at 7:06 a.m. Let’s have some fun!

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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.