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Mike McCarthy says he “knows how to win.”  Coulda fooled me.

Look. Dan Quinn is going to get a head coaching job. And he’s going to get it in the next week or so. Be bold, Jerrah…

Respect to Dak for manning up and apologizing. Told by a reporter following Sunday’s crushing loss to the 49ers that fans had been throwing objects at officials rather than at players, Dak said, “Credit to them, then.”  Unacceptable. And Dak realized it. And owned it. And issued a full and unqualified retraction and apology. That’s the way you do that. Politicians, go to school on that.

Speaking of things you just can’t do, come on, Bruce Arians. I love Bruce. But you can’t put your hands on a player. Period.

I don’t think Kyler Murray’s shockingly abysmal performance against the Rams was an aberration. I think that’s really who he is as an NFL quarterback.

It could be that Matthew Stafford’s almost flawless playoff performance against the Cards WAS an aberration. We’ll find out Sunday in Tampa.

We’re all just kind of assuming that the Bucs will roll the Rams. But keep in mind the Horns have owned the Bucs recently. And Tampa is just about out of offensive linemen. Upset Special?

Of course the Niners can win at Lambeau. Absolutely. For the very same reasons they won in Dallas. They will run the hell out of the rock and control the clock against a Packers defense that has really declined during the back half of the season. 

Hey, Raiders. Order the Bisaccia. Hold the Mayo.

Could we possibly imagine a better divisional round matchup than Bills at Chiefs? I’m excited.  I’m like “little kid excited.” I have respect and affection for both teams, but there’s no chance of me getting emotionally crushed, one way or the other. So, that’s nice…

And I think it’s a virtual guarantee that the Bengals-Titans game will be decided in the final two minutes. You ever been to Nashville for a Titans game? Get the ribs.

Fifty points in 27 minutes? That’s impressive, embiid, Joel…

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

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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.