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I don’t know how even Magic Mahomes can pull this off. A high ankle sprain is a big deal. Usually six weeks, sometimes more. And he says he’s going to play Sunday? He will have zero mobility, and mobility is a huge part of his game. Wait ‘til you see how Bengals DC Lou Anarumo heats up Mahomes. It’s going to be up to Andy to adjust. Nobody does it better.

Knowing Mahomes can’t run, that could free Anarumo to play more man-to-man coverage than he normally would. Remember that Anarumo frustrated Mahomes in the second half of last year’s AFC Championship Game by rushing three and dropping eight into multiple zone coverages. The Bengal defense may end up being the best unit on the field Sunday.

Where would you rank Burrow among NFL starting quarterbacks?  I’d put him second only to a healthy Mahomes, and Mahomes ain’t healthy. It’s going to be very hard to keep Cincinnati out of SB 57.

Watch Burrow at the line of scrimmage, pre-snap. His ability to process information is freaky.

Top to bottom, the Eagles and ‘Niners have the two best—and most physical—rosters in the NFL. That is going to be a blood-bath in Philly. Take the “under.” Both teams are pretty healthy going in. That will not be the case Monday morning, but the winner will have two weeks to recover.

So now what happens with the Bills? There will be some major wound-licking going on this offseason. This will be a dicey situation for Sean McDermott. But it often appears that nothing is too dicey for Sean McDermott.

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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.