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The Giants Sunday night did for the Cowboys what the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon could not do for themselves.

Yes, thanks to the Giants’ SNF win over the Commanders, Dallas is in the playoffs for the second straight year. That’s significant, since the last time the Cowboys made consecutive postseason appearances was in 2006-07.

But it’s hardly cause for celebration following the ‘Boys collapse in Jacksonville, where they blew a 17-point lead and lost to the Jags in overtime, 40-34.

Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes and was sacked only once. The Jags rushed for 192 yards, 103 by Travis Etienne.

Dallas was up 14-0, 21-7 and 27-10 against a franchise that had lost 20 straight games to NFC opponents dating back to 2018. That should have been that.

Instead, more turnovers. More injuries. More blown assignments. More boneheaded mismanagement of the game and the clock. More post-defeat denial, alibis, excuses, rationalizations and whistling through the graveyard. “It’s all good.” 

No. It isn’t.

“We Dem Boyz!” Really?

The Cowboys do not respond well to pressure. Well, maybe we should look at it this way. They have now succeeded in avoiding heavy pressure, since that much-anticipated Christmas Eve rematch with the Eagles is now completely meaningless. Philly is up three games in the NFC East with three to play. That’s a wrap.

And don’t read anything into the outcome of this “exhibition game” against the Eagles on Saturday. It has no bearing whatsoever on what might happen should they meet in January for a third time.

Dallas appears locked into the five seed in the NFC and is likely headed for a first-round game in Tampa. True, Brady stunk it up in the second half of Sunday’s come-from-ahead loss to the Bengals.

But, also true. Tom Brady has never lost to the Cowboys. Yeah, there will be some pressure. Not on Brady, mind you. On Dallas.

So, another heroic effort in defeat by the Texans. But you didn’t really think they were gonna pull that off, did you? Not even after they stopped Kansas City on the Chiefs’ first possession in OT, forced a punt and needed only a FG to complete a shocking upset.

Maybe you were surprised that Davis Mills then fumbled away the opportunity. I wasn’t. Maybe you were surprised the Chiefs then scored the game-winning rushing TD on the very next play. I wasn’t.

You want “surprised”? Or, make it “shocked”? I could not believe my eyes when the Patriots—the Patriots, the Hoodie-Coached Patriots—gave away their game against the Raiders. The Patriots? That kinda stuff is much more “Raider-esque,” would you not agree?  This was a jaw-dropper. The game was tied on the final play in regulation. We’re headed for OT. Or at least we were until the Pats’ offense “improvised” a needless and reckless “keep it alive” playground lateral scheme. It turned out to be a “prevent” offense.  It prevented the Patriots from having a chance to win the game in OT.

The PATRIOTS did that? The “situational football” Patriots? And that mental flat-lining may have ended New England’s playoff hopes.

But right now I’m wondering WWJJD?  “What would Jimmy Johnson do?”

I hope I can laugh about this someday. And I’ll probably get there. But that was the crappiest football “fan” weekend of my life. And I’m older than several mountain ranges.

UIW lost. UTSA lost. Rice lost. Boerne lost. Wimberley lost. The Cowboys lost. The Texans lost. I whiffed across the board. I went oh-for-infinity.

So, just in time for Christmas. I have written a Little Golden Children’s Book. The title is,  “The Most No Goodest, Stinkiest, Horriblest, Make You Wanna Hurl, Effed-Uppedest Football Weekend Ever”

Whatcha think? Marketable?

Finally, the World Cup Final was remarkable. Astounding. Yes, What the hell did you think I was gonna say?

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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.