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OK, we’re two weeks into the NFL season, so let’s do what we do. Let’s categorize, group, classify, rush to premature conclusions and engage in unsupported speculation.

Really, really good



Talented, but still figuring things out…











Who are you?



Living a lie




Freaking out




Kicking themselves




No “there” there





Not good, but, damn they play hard!







Harsh realities

I feel genuinely horrible for Trey Lance. But the ‘Niners just became a contender again.

Let’s say this for Cooper Rush. Nothing bugs him. And that is, as they say, a “big” arm.

The Colts just got blown out by the Jags. Is Irsay going to trade Matt Ryan by lunchtime? WTH is going on there? Because that roster is really good.

It’s about over for Mitchell in Pittsburgh before it ever got started.

Matt Rhule will be back in college football before you know it.

You know who looks genuinely reborn?  Flacco.  Seriously. Watch him. Arm Porn.

At least for the moment, I owe an apology to…Tua.

Random notes

Three NFL teams came from at least 13 down in the fourth to win on Sunday?

Brady v. Rogers dead ahead.

I’m surprised only that Herm Edwards lasted at ASU as long as he did. I love Herm. But the Sun Devils are going to be cleaning up his mess for the foreseeable future.

Kyler Murray again re-establishes his title as Mr. September. Don’t be fooled.

The Bengals are going to get their franchise quarterback killed.

Mike Evans is gonna get suspended. “Habitual line-stepper.”

The Lions are a fun team to watch. Yes. I just said the Lions are a fun team to watch.

That was a horrible mental mistake by Nick Chubb, who should have gotten down short of the goal line. He does that, and the Browns can run out the clock.

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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.