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The Bills will hit a rough patch sometime this season. All teams do. But, dang, they look good. And ready. And mature. And hungry. That D forced Stafford into three picks and sacked him seven times.

That Josh Allen stiff-arm of Rams defender Nick Scott was a seasonal metaphor. Allen and his Bills are going to disdainfully stiff-arm a lot of opponents.

Buffalo was 9-10 on third down and did not punt even one time.

And did you see all of those Bills fans at SoFi? The Mafia travels well!

For the first time in 81 games, Sean McVay’s Rams will enter Week Two under .500.

Where the hell were Allen Robinson and Cam Akers last night?

Dak says not to worry, he just developed a little ankle soreness after wearing new cleats for the first time. I have no reason not to believe him.

That may not be a big deal as we look ahead to Sunday night, but this is one. Bucs’ WR Chris Godwin did not practice Friday as he continues his comeback from last season’s train-wreck knee surgery. Godwin’s presence or absence will weigh heavily on the outcome of this Cowboys-Bucs opener. He says he’ll be a “game time decision.”

I’m eager to see how Quinn Ewers performs against the ‘Bama defense. The Tide will get a boost from the return of TE Cameron Latu, who will play after missing all of preseason drills and last week’s opener against Utah State with an undisclosed illness. Latu caught eight TD passes in 2021.

Next round is on Dabo, who has signed a new 10-year, $115 million contract at Clemson. That’s right up there with the other two members of college football’s coaching Holy Trinity, Saban and Smart.

The Bears say they have no “Plan B,” and are committed to building a state-of-the-art fixed-roof domed stadium in the suburb of Arlington Heights. I have mixed emotions.

The MLB competition committee is set to vote Friday on a series of rules changes. In typical crotchety old man fashion, I’M AGIN’ ALL OF ‘EM!  Especially the proposed pitch clock and banning of infield shifts. My view is that a team has nine defenders. Pitcher and catcher have fixed locations, of course, but put the other seven anywhere you want to.

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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.