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Yeah, I’m a stickler for due process. But it’s impossible to imagine Chris Beard ever coaching another game at Texas. Finis. We don’t yet know all the facts. But what we do know is disgusting, and disqualifies Beard from any position of leadership.

All we can do is pray for Mike Leach. Clearly, this is not a good situation. Love and support to the family.

Let’s put the Cowboys’ flirtation with OBJ on the back-burner for now. That may or may not work out, and I’m fine either way. But I am all in on Monday’s acquisition of veteran receiver T.Y. Hilton. That’s a rock-solid move. Hilton has been one of the NFL’s most professional, consistent and smart receivers for the past decade. He will be a great option for Dak, and will be a steady and popular veteran locker room presence. Thumbs up.

Still, that doesn’t take the sting out of the news that right tackle Terence Steele has been lost for the season after getting his knee caved in during Sunday’s comeback win over the Texans. This is a big deal. Steele has been by far the Cowboys’ most consistent offensive lineman. Injuries are piling up in Big D.

I thought Desmond Ridder from Cincinnati was the most road-ready rookie quarterback available in last Spring’s NFL Draft. Ridder was a four-year starter for the Bearcats. He’s big, strong, mature and played in a lot of high-pressure games in college. Atlanta selected him in the third round and he immediately climbed to the Falcons’ backup QB role behind Marcus Mariota. Now that Mariota has flamed out (and has an injured knee) Falcons coach Arthur Smith has thrown the keys to the rookie for the rest of the season. Yep. The “N” in NFL often stands for “next.”

Playing QB is all about leadership and toughness. The Jets’ Mike White already owns that locker room. That team has not yet arrived, but its future is very bright. The same can be said for the Lions, whom the Jets play Sunday in what has become a very big game.

It’s no secret that I’m not in any way a Kyler Murray fan. But I hated to see him go down with an apparent ACL tear on a non-contact play early in the Cardinals’ Monday night loss to the Patriots. Wishing him a complete recovery.

The Cardinals play the Broncos Sunday in the Underachiever Bowl. No Murray, obviously, and Denver’s Russell Wilson is in the concussion protocol following a head injury he suffered in last week’s loss to the Chiefs. I can probably skip that one.

The Patriots are 7-6. Which is amazing given the fact that roster is not worth a bucket of warm spit. In many ways, this is one of The Hoodie’s most impressive coaching jobs.

Yeah. I could see the Chargers and a healthy Justin Herbert getting hot over the final month of the season and getting into the playoffs. Unless their head coach persists in making stupid in-game decisions.

And, yes, I can be fickle. Tua is now fading fast. The Bills will waste the Dolphins Saturday in Buffalo.

The league’s most physically and mentally tough team?  The Niners. Not close. And they are going to get Deebo back before the end of the regular season. You don’t want any part of them.

Three in a row for the Spurs? When’s the parade?

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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.