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Was it such a big deal that UTSA quarterback Frank Harris had to call a major press conference to announce he’s staying with the ‘Runners in 2023?

HELL YES IT WAS!  That’s wonderful! 

Now this, though. UTSA better get ready to play that bowl game. Troy has some top-flight athletes.

I enjoy watching other people succeed, especially when they’ve had to really fight for success. Lions’ QB Jared Goff says he’s playing the best football of his career. I’ve watched him closely in recent weeks. He’s right. And the Lions are a fun team. I’m happy for the Young Man and for Motown.

There’s a chance Baker Mayfield will see some playing time for the Rams tonight when they face the Raiders. The Rams claimed him on waivers just two days ago. How’s this gonna work?  I’ll be watching.

Sports are about emotions and devotions. North Carolina QB Drake Maye announced Wednesday he will forgo the NFL Draft and stay in Chapel Hill in 2023. Maye’s Tweet? “Could never leave this place. I’m a Tar Heel.” See? Just when Coachie starts to get a little jaded…

And speaking of pulling for others…Carolina Panthers DE Henry Anderson suffered a stroke back on October 22. There’s a chance Anderson will play Sunday against the Seahawks. “I’m a football player. So if the doctors say I’m good to go and I’ve got clearance, I want to be out there with my guys and playing with my brothers.”

It’s impossible to overstate the significance of Von Miller’s season-ending torn ACL. Miller is a difference maker. And the Bills just got weaker vis a vis the Chiefs and Bengals. And now Joe Mixon is about to get back on the field for Cincy.

Never forget that the Titans owner’s name is Amy ADAMS Strunk. She is the daughter of the late Oilers/Titans owner Bud Adams. Only an Adams would fire a very successful and established G.M in a fit of pique in December. I also feel badly for Titans coach Mike Vrabel. Because he’s next.

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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.