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OK, Cowboys. No excuses going forward. That was a powerful statement, in all phases. A month ago, I stated that the November 20 game at Minnesota would tell us who this team really is. They’re good. And they now have not a single excuse. Take care of business. Roll the Giants Thursday, and then get ready for a big stretch run.

Seven sacks. That was my favorite stat from that game. The offense scoring on its first seven possessions wasn’t too shabby, either.

OBJ? Sure. Go get him. This week.

Wouldn’t it be great if the Chiefs and Chargers could play each other every week?

Travis Kelce is 33. And he’s playing the best ball of his career. And, yoo-hoo. The AFC Championship Game will be played at Arrowhead. Again.

This is harsh. But is Nathaniel Hackett the most disastrous head coaching hire in NFL history? There was not the slightest question in my mind that the Broncos would lose to…the Raiders. Hackett’s postgame response? “We’re so close.” No, you’re not. And that’s the whole point. You’re not close. You’re far.  

Did you see the Falcons-Bears game? Very entertaining, especially if you had no dog in the fight, which I didn’t. What a pleasure it is to watch Cordarrelle Patterson play football. He now how seven career touchdowns of at least 100 yards. If you think no other NFL player has ever done that, you are correct.

Let’s hope Justin Fields’s injury to his non-throwing shoulder is not major.

Also wishing the best for Tennessee Vols’ QB Hendon Hooker, whose season ended with a torn ACL in Saturday’s blowout loss at South Carolina.

Oh, he’s no longer Commanders’ backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke. He’s now Commanders’ starting QB Taylor Heinicke. And he has earned it. And that team will be a factor for the rest of the season.

No, it did not affect the play. But the Pats’ committed a blatant block in the back on that game winning punt return against the Jets. How was that not called? And how stupid was it? The Hoodie ain’t gonna like that.

And the Jets had two yards of offense in the second half?  Huh?

Incarnate Word gets a first-round bye followed by a home game in the FCS playoffs. The Cards are ready to roll.

This World Cup is a joke. A very bad, tasteless, offensive joke.

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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.