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That was Brady’s 44th career fourth-quarter comeback victory. Here’s what was different about that one. I doubted him on that last drive. Silly me.

Was it just me? I thought Buck and Aikman were exceptionally sharp on the Monday Night telecast. Both were at the top of their game.

You know I’m not crazy about NFL alt unis. But those black bonnets the Saints wore were natty!

Looks to me like OBJ is in fact heading to the Cowboys. I’m ok with it. Good, even. Jerrah is shoving all of his chips to the middle of the table to win the SB right now. And getting the players’ leadership council onboard was a solid move. The Cowboys are good. And they are hot. And it appears they’re going to get Tyron Smith back before New Year’s. They are just about fresh-out of excuses.

You know what occurs to me? Mike McCarthy is handling things very well.  Wow…

Whither Aaron Rodgers in 2023? Green Bay. He loses a boatload of bonus money if he retires, and working a trade would be very difficult, given the compensation the Packers would demand. So Jordan Love’s address remains, “Limbo, USA.”

Successful college football coaching requires a new and different skill set going forward. It is now all about managing and getting out front of the transfer portal (both coming and going) and providing NIL opportunities for players.

A coach is now an HR manager with a whistle. And you better keep re-recruiting the same players you have already recruited, or they’ll just write you a cold “Dear John” letter. That’s just the way it is, Bruce. Adapt or perish. This is why young coaches who “get” thjs new landscape will thrive, and even dominate. (See “Kinne, G,J.”).

Even Nick Saban is going to have to learn how to kiss players’ asses.

Veteran Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders (seems like he’s been in Stillwater since 1962) is in the portal and has a year of eligibility remaining. I’m telling you, this is a brand new bag, Papa.  Dear Spencer, I am aware of a school on South Main in Houston that has a helmet that’ll fitcha.

Look I’m the world’s biggest Rice Owl fan, but even I don’t get this. Rice is playing Southern Miss in an off-brand bowl game on December 17.  Uhh, don’t you need to have six wins to be bowl eligible? Rice is 5-7. And the Owls already beat Southern Miss in a C-USA game earlier this season. Hey, it’s one more chance to see my beloveds, so I’ll take it. But…

Now we’ll see who wants to play and who doesn’t in bowl season. There are a lot of NFL Draft prospects who will sit this dance out to get ready for the Combine. I try very hard not to be judgmental about this, but…

Texas vs. Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl. That’s NICE. How does Alamo Bowl CEO Derrick Fox pull off stuff like this every year? Impressive.

Heisman finalists include four QBs. I don’t know, man. And let me say that for whatever reason, the Heisman thing has never really floated my boat.

Random question. You know, the kind of question guys ask, pretty much just to stir the pot. Who’s the best single-season big-time college quarterback you ever saw? I’ll answer my own question. Joe Burrow. Throughout his 15-0 season at LSU. Not close. And now he owns Mahomes, too. Don’t leave the Bengals out of your shortlist of heavyweights in the AFC. Does Burrow crack you up as much as he does me? Baby-faced Assassin.

So now what to make of the 49ers? If any other team in the NFL had lost their top two QBs for the season, I would feel comfortable writing them off as SB contenders. But I’m almost getting the feeling Kyle Shanahan is embracing this challenge. Dismiss the Niners at your own peril. Suddenly, Brock Purdy is “Mr. Very Relevant,” indeed.

There were no pharmaceuticals involved in the crafting and drafting of the following statement. Tyler Huntley is a better NFL quarterback than Lamar Jackson. Huntley can do almost anything Jackson can do with his legs, and he can do plenty of things in the passing game that Jackson will never master consistently. This will get more than interesting as the now oft-injured Jackson hits free agency. Jackson bet on himself in rejecting a very lucrative long-term deal with the Ravens. He may have crapped out.

Not even Rasputin had as many lives as Brian Cashman.

Playing women’s college basketball tournaments in hotel ballrooms is shameful. Shameful. And dangerous. And demeaning. Women hoopsters have every right to be pissed off. This crap may be legally actionable, in my view.

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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.