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If the Cowboys are to beat the 49ers, they will have to do something no other team has been able to do—get inside the head of Brock Purdy. I’m not sure that’s possible. That is one mentally tough rookie. But if Purdy doesn’t throw at least two picks, I can’t see Dallas winning.

I’m proud of the Cowboys for sticking with Brett Maher. Seriously. That takes guts and will attract criticism. But it’s the right thing to do for now.

How about this youth movement among NFL QBs. There are eight teams and thus eight starting quarterbacks remaining in the playoffs. The oldest of the eight is Dak Prescott, who is 29.

The Bucs fired OC Byron Leftwich. That tells me that Tampa Bay is going to try like hell to lure Brady back for another season.

Very relieved to learn that Bucs WR Russell Gage is doing OK after suffering a concussion and a neck injury in the waning moments of Tampa Bay’s playoff loss to the Cowboys Monday night. That scene initially looked frighteningly and recently familiar.

Saddened but not surprised by police confirmation that excessive speed was a factor in the tragic crash that killed Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willcock and recruiting staff member Chandler LeCroy early Sunday, just hours after the Bulldogs’ national championship parade and celebration. Two others in the car were injured. Willcock was not wearing a seatbelt.

In typical Bengals fashion, team president Mike Brown is already publicly bitching about how much money it’s going to take to keep Joe Burrow in tiger stripes for his entire career. That’s a great way to lose Joe Burrow.

Keep a close eye on this. Michigan Wolverine co-offensive coordinator Matt Weiss has been placed on indefinite leave because of an investigation into “computer access crimes.” No further details. Weiss issued a statement saying he will cooperate with investigators. The 39-year-old Weiss made almost $1.25 million in salary and bonuses in the 2022 season.

Yeah, this is a problem. A hotshot high school QB (who cares what his name is?), just decommitted from the University of Florida and has asked for release from his signed national letter of intent. Why? He says the Gator Collective of boosters has reneged on an NIL agreement that would have paid him $13 million dollars over four years. The kid is now threatening to sue the collective. Uhhh….isn’t it against the rules to use NIA deals as a recruiting inducement?  Welcome to chaos.

Congrats to my friend Andy Everett on his new sports/talk show on The Ticket 760. And it’s also great to have Fingers Compian back doing his magic!

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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.