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I just hope no one is expecting me to explain how Baker Mayfield did that. I’ll just defer to Al Michaels, who said, “This is silly stuff!”

But I will repeat something I said Tuesday, when the Rams claimed Mayfield off waivers. If Baker has any chance to fully resurrect his career, the Rams are a perfect fit. And Sean McVay is the perfect coach. His offensive system fits Mayfield like a glove.

There is a flip side to this story, of course. That was a franchise foundation shattering loss for the Raiders. That’s going to alter some lives in Las Vegas.

I’m both disappointed in and disappointed for Marcus Mariota, who has been benched as the Falcons’ starting quarterback in favor of rookie Desmond Ridder. I absolutely expected Mariota to play well this season. Man, was I wrong…

So now it’s “on to Cincinnati” for Deshaun Watson, who says he expects to play better for the Browns than he did in his NFL return last Sunday in Houston. That’s an achievable goal. Because he was god-awful.

This “toxic culture” thing with the Commanders is going to rock the NFL to its core. Mark my words. A lot of people are apprehensive, and one of them is named Roger Goodell.

Wayta go, Bijan Robinson! You are in fact the best college running back in the country, and the Doak Walker Award you received Thursday is richly deserved. And hell yes, Sonny Dykes is the Coach of the Year.

Seems the transfer portal can be a revolving door. South Carolina tight end Austin Stogner is transferring to Oklahoma, one year after he transferred to South Carolina from Au Jus. Who says you can’t go home again?

I’m guessing it feels pretty good to break an 11-game losing streak, as the Spurs did Thursday night against the Rockets. That was San Antonio’s first win since November 11.

It’s beyond sad to me that all Americans can’t just be happy that Brittney Griner is back home. Now let’s get Paul Whelan back, too.

Now…it’s game day, baby!  C’mon, UIW Cardinals. Let’s get this!

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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.