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The time for hesitation’s through. No time to wallow in the mire.

Rams 38, Bengals 34

Cincy is really good. No kidding good. The Bengals are not “hot.” They’re not lucky. They’re not some sappy underdog story. They’re good. And they’re set up to be good for the foreseeable future.

But, as they say, for the Rams the future is now. LA is “all-in,” and the Rams’ every move since before the start of the season has reflected a “right here, right now” mindset.

Yes, I can see a scenario in which Sean McVay outsmarts himself. Because I’ve seen it before.

No, I would not be shocked to see Stafford throw two late picks to lose the farm. I’ve seen it before.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if he winds up announcing he’s going to Disney World, either. In fact, I think that’s more likely.

I also have just a seat-of-the-pants inkling that it will be a big day for OBJ as well as the Bengals do everything they can to keep Kupp from beating them.

Von Miller will get a strip-sack that will lead to a huge momentum change.

Joe Mixon will torment the Rams for three quarters. And Tee Higgins will look like Drew Pearson on third downs. Burrow will shine, and make us eager for training camp.

It will turn late. But it will turn.

Rams 38 Bengals 34. This is nacho granddaddy’s Super Bowl.

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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.