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Yeah, the Cowboys got a “win” Friday night to finish the preseason 2-1, but that team is not ready to start the real thing. Far from it. While you can’t anticipate every adversity, you can prepare for them, and Jerry Jones has failed to do that. The offensive line has been grossly mismanaged since the end of last season, and the loss of Tyron Smith now appears nothing short of catastrophic. Things may smooth out to a degree as the season progresses, but that makeshift O-line will get mauled in the opener against the Bucs and Dak will be in blindside peril. The running game will be limited, and the receiving corps is shaky. This team is mismanaged.

Geno Smith is the Seahawks’ starter. I understand why football people get frustrated by Drew Lock. He made some big-league throws Friday night against the Cowboys. He then followed them with just as many brain-dead throws.

The Rams say they will take care of any disciplinary action resulting from that joint practice, helmet-swinging melee with the Bengals quietly and internally. Let me translate that. They’re not about to piss off Aaron Donald.

Matt Araiza has to go. I have every confidence the Bills will do the right thing.

You’re gonna think this is nuts, but I’m telling you the Saints will seriously challenge the Bucs in the NFC South.

Speaking of the NFC South, the Panthers are in a world of hurt. Baker Mayfield is solidly established as Carolina’s starting QB, but the Panthers currently have no backup. Rookie draft choice Matt Corral is lost for the season with a foot ligament injury. And Friday night Sam Darnold went down with what is at best a serious high ankle sprain. Darnold will not be back anytime soon. What’s next? Cam Newton is on Matt Rhule’s speed-dial.

The surprising young Orioles have been the “feel good” story of the season in MLB. Unless they beat my Astros, which they did 2-0 Friday night. That didn’t feel good at all.

Mariners’ shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has behaved recklessly and immaturely. And he has now paid a price, as Adidas has ended its promotional relationship with him. Actions and decisions have consequences. Now I hope Tatis learns from this and becomes the superstar his talent can produce.

There’s actual college football today here in “Week Zero.” That Big 10 matchup between Nebraska and Northwestern works for me!

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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.