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Nine first-year eligible players have been nominated for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’m happy for anyone and everyone who gets in, but I will especially happy if (when) longtime Browns OT Joe Thomas gets fitted for a gold jacket.

Traditional rivalries are the lifeblood of college football. For absolutely no valid or rational reasons, we’re going to lose the annual Bedlam game between Au Jus and Okie State just as “Sooner” as OU heads to the SEC. My reaction? I’ll just leave it at “sad.”

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff says he doesn’t expect any more of his conference’s schools to split for the Big Ten or Big 12. “Denial.”

You know that I’m not a big fan of expanding the CFP to 12 teams. But since the powers have decided to do it, let’s do it in 2024, rather than waiting until the end of the current tv contract that runs through 2025. Figure it all out.

Judge’s 60 homers are the most by a right-handed batter in AL history. That’s way cool. But Judge also has a chance to win the Triple Crown in homers, RBIs and batting average. That would be even cooler.

The Astros have posted 17 shutouts this season. And that team ERA of 2.90 leads the AL.

The Titans’ mistakes didn’t end with the final gun in their 41-7 Monday Night loss to the Bills. At the end of the game, Tennessee o-lineman Bobby Hart took a swing at a Buffalo player but instead hit a Buffalo coach. Neither the Bills coach nor the player has been identified by the NFL. But the league has identified Hart, and suspended him for one game. WTH is going on in Tennessee? Or in Indy?

Canada plans to drop its vaccine requirement for people entering the country by the end of September. That will of course impact MLB, NBA and NHL teams.

North Carolina quarterback Drake May has apologized for saying that players who go to N.C. State are guys who wanted to play for the Tarheels, but couldn’t get into school in Chapel Hill. Apologize? For what? They can settle all of that the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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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.