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The Cowboys flashed plenty of bling. But I’m not sure how—or even if—that Saturday night glitter in Philly impacts The Quest for the Ring.

It was certainly sparkly. Fifty-one points, to finish the regular season 12-5 overall and 6-0 in the NFC East. Dallas thus becomes the first team in NFL history to score at least 40 points in five regular season games.

Five TD passes for Dak. That’s 37 for the year, breaking Tony Romo’s franchise record set in 2007. That’s a “slump”? Admittedly, Dak had 17 games to get that done.

Zeke ran for 87 yards on 18 carries. It’s the “18” that encourages me. That’s his highest number of carries since Week Five.

Then there’s this. The 2021-22 Cowboys are the first team in NFL history to have a 4,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard rusher, a 1,000 yard receiver, a pass rusher with at least ten sacks and a defender with at least ten interceptions on the same roster.

That’s a wow.

But here’s all that means now. The Cowboys have not a single excuse. And that should make Dallas fans nervous.

Some perspective. The Eagles rested 19 starters, meaning they were effectively as “depleted” as the Washington Football Team was a few weeks ago when the Cowboys hung half-a-hundred on them. And that blowout victory proved to mean pretty much nothing. Now the same thing goes for that Saturday Night Massacre in Philly. Zero significance in the Big Picture.

So Saturday produced two losers—the Eagles and the Broncos. And I want to compliment both of them.

Philly is not going to make a deep playoff run.  But the Eagles are ahead of schedule. They are a “problem” in the NFC East going forward.

And I was very impressed with the professionalism displayed by the Broncos. With nothing to play for, they played with everything they had. We’ll find out today or tomorrow whether that was enough to buy Vic Fangio another year. I’m guessing not.

I’ll tell you who would not get another year, or even another game, if I were Andy Reid. Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, pack up your purse and get outta here. Did you see that? Sneed had a chance to pole-ax Broncos QB Drew Lock at the two-yard- line, and turned it down. Didn’t bother to touch him. In fact, he turned sideways to avoid even getting in Lock’s way.

It was the biggest disrespect for The Game I have seen since…since…since…Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain made a similar “business decision” to let Patrick Mahomes score on an almost identical play in the first meeting between those teams earlier this year at Arrowhead.

What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin’ on here?

Ronnie Lott must be mumbling to himself.

So here we go with the final day of the regular season. I’m not even gonna pretend I like the sound of that.

The Niners will get in by beating the Rams. Because the Niners always beat the Rams.

And the Raiders will survive and advance. Coach Madden will see to that.

Top-seed in the AFC? Your Tennessee Titans. The Texans used up their miracle when they beat the Titans in their first meeting. Sorry, Chiefs.

Tomorrow? Oh, yeah, we’ll talk about the CFP Championship Game.

Hunker down!

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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.