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Yeah, Clemson won. But color me unimpressed with the current state of the Tigers’ offense. They don’t look like they’ve progressed much since last year, offensively. Now, they’ll do what they do. They’ll have a huge quarterback controversy. In the meantime. I will grant you that the Clemson defense can run like scalded antelopes. And they seem to have a particular talent for blocking punts.

I like Trubisky. Always have. Good Mitch was often impressive in Chicago, despite the rough spots. He’s in a great place now. A great franchise, a great head coach, and obvious buy-in from his new Steeler teammates, who have elected him a captain. Kenny can wait. Pittsburgh is going to be way better than a lot of people think, and that weekly bloodbath in the AFC North will be almost as compelling as the one in the AFC West.

Jason Peters was an all-time great. Understand, I chose that verbal tense on purpose. Please don’t delude yourself into thinking the Cowboys have solved their LT problem. And do you honestly think Tyron Smith will be able to effectively return in December? Do you mean December of 2023?

Oh, and Packer fans should not feel secure about the return of LT David Bakhtiari, either. He has played almost exactly zero football in the past 19 months.

Jets QB Zach Wilson had arthroscopic knee surgery on August 16. There’s a pretty good chance he will play in the opener Sunday against the Ravens. That’s certainly impressive. But I’m not sure it’s smart. Against that defense? 

I’ll say this for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. That old man (who still looks great) is still coaching his ass off.

Why is everybody sleeping on the Saints? They’re going to be really good.

This season presents the best opportunity of Kirk Cousins’ career with the Vikes. No excuses.

Did you see Incarnate Word Cardinal QB Lindsey Scott Jr. throw six TD passes and run (spectacularly) for a seventh score in Saturday night’s 35-point blowout win over ninth ranked Southern Illinois? I did. The Cards will be a legitimate contender for the FCS national championship. You heard me. It will be interesting to see how they fare this week at FBS foe Nevada.

I know Sark is feeling some heat for seeming to hedge his bet against Alabama. But he’s taking the right approach. His program is still mentally fragile. If he treats this game like Armageddon and they get smoked (and they will), things could melt down quickly. Sark is smart to play the long game when it comes to the 2022 season.

But it is interesting to remember that Texas is 7-1-1 all-time against ‘Bama. That’s the best record of any school that has played the Tide at least five times.

Margaret Court says Serena doesn’t respect her.  Anybody else feel like just silently looking down at their shoes as Maggy embarrasses herself? Everybody, please display some dignity. You know, like Rafa Nadal always does.

The Astros are 87-48. Look at that again.

Smooch and support to Bills tight end Dawson Knox, who is back with the team following the death last month of his younger brother Luke, who was a linebacker at Florida International. Being with his teammates will help Dawson.

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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.