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It wasn’t just that Tua threw picks on all three of the Dolphins’ fourth-quarter possessions. It was that each of those picks was so alarmingly awful.

Merry Christmas to you, too, Russell Wilson. Yeesh. And now the Bronco defense has packed it in.

A lot of folks are saying that Baker Mayfield is “auditioning” for his next team next year. I don’t necessarily agree. I think he’ll be the Rams’ starting quarterback next season. He’s a perfect stylistic fit in Sean McVay’s offensive system. You can already see how comfortable they are with each other.

BTW, I have tried hard and often not to like Baker. It’s not working.

This is the first time in Brady’s NFL career he has lost eight games. But he has still often been “Captain Late” in the fourth quarter and OT. That timing throw he made to Mike Evans Sunday night to set up the winning FG and beat the Cards was sweet. I would not dismiss the Bucs just yet. That means you better get ready, Cowboys.

Did anyone else get chills watching J.J. Watt? He’s 33. He has body parts falling off. And he looked like the old three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Houston Texan version of J.J. Watt. That was as good a single-game defensive performance as we’ve seen in the NFL this season. That goes for Nick Bosa, Micah Parsons or anybody else. And he’s doing this on a team that is the definition of a “hot mess.”

Hell, yes, I wrote off the Packers weeks ago. So did you. This game against the Vikings next Sunday is now a must-watch. Aaron Rodgers would call it a “meaningful game.”

This Bengals team is better than the one that went to the Super Bowl last year, mostly because they are finally protecting Joe Burrow. But that is in jeopardy now that the Stripes have lost tackle La’ell Collins for the season.

The NFL has flexed this week’s Steelers-Raiders game to Sunday Night Football. That was a no-brainer. Still, I’m grateful.

If the battle for the AFC’s Super Bowl representative in the SB were a horse race, I would keep an eye on the Chargers closing fast on the rail. Not impossible.

No. I didn’t watch the Hawai’i Bowl Christmas Eve. But Middle Tennessee State beat San Diego State 25-23 despite the fact the Blue Raiders finished the game with minus-66 yards rushing. That’s a helluva party trick.

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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.