11/28/22 “Half-ass is plenty ass enough!” Whatcha think?

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I never like to see anyone lose a job. But it was time at Texas State. The Bobcats’ inability to build a successful football program remains a decades-long curiosity. Texas State could have been and should have been UTSA before UTSA was UTSA. All the ingredients are there in San Marcos except for the most important one—commitment.

What do you think about this as a Bobcat football marketing slogan? “Half-ass is plenty ass enough!” Poll results tomorrow.

How can you not love Jacoby Brissett? Who doesn’t love Jacoby Brissett? But now he exits for the Deshaun Watson circus.

No, the Texans should not fire Lovie. And they won’t, primarily because they can’t afford to. But Houston could actually get pretty decent pretty quickly as a result of the Watson draft pick bonanza.

What happens with Aaron Rodgers for the rest of the season? Do the Packers now just do a test-drive with Jordan Love?  I don’t see why not.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the greatest overtime quarterback in NFL history—Derek Carr. “You can look it up.” It helps to have a running back like Josh Jacobs go off for 303 all-purpose yards.

I’ve been highly critical of Chargers’ coach Brandon Staley, whose in-game decisions frequently seem to be random and unsupportable. But I was fine with the decision to go for two to win the game rather than kick the PAT and head to OT with the Cardinals on the road. The reason I liked it? He clearly had a two-point play he felt great about.

As for the Cards? Farewell and adieu. But as FUBAR as they are, the Broncos are even more dysfunctional. Yeesh.

Don’t hit “send,” Lamar Jackson. And the reported anti-guy slur included in your tweeted response to a critical fan is disturbing. There will be league-imposed discipline.

Lamar Jackson is a wondrous athlete. Astounding. But ask yourself this question. With his particular skill set, can he ever win three or four consecutive postseason games? I’ll wait.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions about the OBJ airplane incident. But he didn’t time that very well, wouldn’t you agree?

Pro football is all about matchups. The 49ers are the most difficult matchup in the NFL.

You had to figure that Luke Fickell would leave Cincinnati sometime for somewhere. But I didn’t think it would be now for Wisconsin. That said, that is an excellent hire for the Badgers. And maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, given Fickell’s Big Ten roots.

So now Cincy’s job is open. And that’s a good job, as the Bearcats move to the Big 12.

I propose that Ted Koppel do the play-by-play on the U.S.-Iran World Cup match. You onboard?

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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.