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The Cowboys and their fans need not be in Monday Morning Mourning Mode. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The ‘Boys are 4-2, they have a big-league defense, their running game is coming around, Dak is coming back and the Lions are in the on-deck circle. Dallas showed some composure and maturity Sunday night in Philly in fighting out of that early 20-0 hole.

I know you’re not supposed to look ahead, but I’m looking ahead. You can already tell that the Cowboys’ Week Eleven road game against the Vikings is going to be huge.

Of course, the way the Packers are tanking, Minnesota might already have the NFC North wrapped up by then. Green Bay is not simply “playing badly.” Green Bay is bad. And I don’t see the Pack getting appreciably better.

Now is not yet the Jets’ time. But it’s coming. That is a good and fun young team.

Oh, and the Big Apple now has a combined NFL record of 9-3.

I wasn’t completely shocked that the Falcons upset the ‘Niners. But the Steelers toppling the Bucs knocked me over.

It’s going to be extremely difficult to keep the Bills out of the Super Bowl, IMO. That team has “The Look.” And the way they are racking up wins, they’re going to have the home field in the playoffs. Good luck with that, opponents.

How badly do the Bills want it? Well, Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer took a 1,000 mile cab ride to Kansas City followed by a 1,000 mile cab ride back to Buffalo just so he could play against the Chiefs. Poyer was prohibited from flying because he has a collapsed lung. That did not keep him from playing in an NFL football game. Holy moly…I’m relieved to know the Bills now have a bye week.

Bailey Zappe is going to be the Pats’ starting QB, even after Mac Jones recovers from his ankle injury. Zappe gives that offense some big-play potential, something it lacks with Jones.

The first five games of the season were a nightmare for Matt Ryan. But Matty “iced” the Jags Sunday, throwing for 389 yards and three TDs in a 34-27 divisional victory. It would be a mistake to write off this Colts in October.

NFL Fraud Franchises would currently include the Cardinals and the Browns. And the Ravens may need to check themselves, too.

Dolphin QBs would have a hard time trying to buy health insurance right now…

Panthers interim coach Steve Wilks kicked Carolina WR Robbie Anderson out of Sunday’s game against the Rams for arguing loudly with his position coach. My guess is that Anderson will be gone by lunchtime.

My wife is having trouble sleeping. So I recommended that she watch the Broncos play tonight. That would put anyone to sleep.

Georgia one, Ohio State two, Tennessee three…sounds about right, not that it really matters now…

Norff Carolina is 6-1? And ranked? Didn’t see that coming…

How in the world are we already in Week Eight of the college season? This all goes by way too fast. Slow down!

Oh, one more thing. Come on, Guardians!

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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.