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It was great to see Michael Gallup back on the field, and even greater to see him in the end zone. But did he look like he was still favoring that knee a little?

We (me included) keep referring to Cooper Rush as “gritty.” We (I) probably ought to start referring to him as “good.”  He is making some big-league throws and is a very impressive athlete.

The NFC East is the NFC Beast? Who’da thunk it? Cowboys and Eagles on a collision course. Both of those defenses can really get after the QB. Philly sure wiped out that early 0-14 deficit to the Jags in a hurry!

I like John Harbaugh almost as much as I dislike Jim Harbaugh. But John screwed the pooch Sunday. Period. The decision to go for it on fourth down rather than kicking a field goal to take the lead was horrendous.

Rodgers says the rag-tag way the Packers are winning right now is not sustainable. Rodgers is right. Green Bay almost lost to Bailey Zappe and The Mothers of Invention.

OK, Kenny Pickett. It’s all yours in Pittsburgh.

Seeing J.J. Watt back on a football field and smacking people around did my old heart good.

I was certain the Texans would beat the Chargers. I was certainly wrong.  I don’t think the Texans should give up on Davis Mills. But they’d better have a Plan B on file.

Rhule is about to walk The Green Mile in Carolina.

It’s Texas-Au Jus Week. Don’t give me any of this Red River Rivalry or Red River Showdown or Red River Shootout crap.  It’s Texas-Au Jus. Zero excuses this time, ‘Horns.  Zero excuses. Dunk Au Jus like a French Dip.

Sometimes you gotta fire folks. I saw Georgia Tech play a couple of times in early September. They looked terrible. Then they wacked their coach and A.D. Then they went out and beat No. 24 Pitt as 21.5 point underdogs.

Apparently Wisconsin reached a similar crossroads. I’m saddened by the firing of Paul Chryst, who is one of the best guys I’ve ever met. But it was time.  

Kansas is ranked 19th. And the 5-0 Jayhawks deserve it. They’re not lucky. They’re good.

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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.