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Sure, I’m delighted that the U.S. prevailed Tuesday in Qatar. But what really fascinated me was the respectful—and even cooperative—relationship between the two teams and their respective fan bases. That sparked an ember of hopefulness for me.

Jerrah says the OBJ airplane incident isn’t a cause for concern. It may surprise you, but at least at this point I agree with Jerrah. Beckham is scheduled to meet with the Cowboys Monday. Full speed ahead…

I think that the Packers and Rodgers are taking a rational approach to the rest of the season. Rodgers remains the starter for as long as he is medically cleared to play and as long as the Packers have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. If Green Bay is out of the postseason picture, it’s time to see what Jordan Love can do. That makes sense to me.

Have you watched the Commanders play? They are more than legit. They’ll make the playoffs. And they may determine whether the Eagles or Cowboys win the NFC East.

My current—right this second—NFC Power Rankings?

  1. 49ers
  2. Eagles
  3. Cowboys
  4. Vikings
  5. Commanders


  1. Chiefs
  2. Dolphins
  3. Bengals
  4. Bills
  5. Chargers

There’s some weird stuff going on with the Ravens. Can’t hold a lead. Can’t stand prosperity. They’ll get in. But they will quickly exit.

After initially defending his decision not to call a timeout before a key third-down play against the Steelers, Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday now says he screwed up. He owned it. I respect that. Saturday is a rookie coach. But he is a full-grown man.

At least ten of the women who sued Deshaun Watson for sexual harassment will be at NRG Stadium Sunday as Watson resumes his NFL career in his former city against his former team. The women’s message? “We’re still here.”

Georgia. Michigan. TCU. USC. If all four win their respective conference championship games this weekend, the CFP field is set—in that order—and the Committee is smelling like a rose. But USC is going to have hell with Utah. And as much as I have been captivated by TCU, the Horned Frogs better watch their backsides against K-State. Ohio State and Alabama will be very interested spectators.

Nebraska will be very happy it hired Matt Rhule.

Auburn will regret hiring Hugh Freeze.

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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.