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Things can and do change in the NFL. But through the first two weeks of the season the Cowboys have been the league’s most impressive and complete team. That defense can be historically good. Offensively, about the only thing that needs a tune-up is red zone efficiency.

I was disappointed by the Texans’ lack of progress in Sunday’s loss to the Colts, and I’m not going to simply write it off to an offensive line that has been decimated by injuries. Houston couldn’t run the ball or protect the passer, and, defensively, tackling remains atrocious. The Texans’ rushing defense remains a disaster. But, on a positive note, this much is clear. C.J. Stroud has remarkable arm talent. And he has yet to throw a pick.

Wishing the best for Indy QB Anthony Richardson. I thought it was very mature and responsible of him to take himself out of the game after experiencing concussion symptoms.

2-0 Surprises



Falcons (Bijan is already a beast!)

0-2 Disappointments


Chargers (Brandon Staley is going to lose his job.)

Broncos (They blew an 18-point lead at home?)

Bears (They appear clueless, and they’re going to ruin Justin Fields.)

0-2, but surprisingly competitive


And speaking of Being 0-2…

Since 1990, only 31 of 270 teams that started 0-2 made the playoffs.

Monday Night Doubleheader Predictions

Saints 27 Panthers 21

Steelers 24 Browns 20

The Giants are sweating out the status of Saquon Barkley’s injured ankle. For now, the team is cautiously optimistic. But this is a short week for the G-Men, who play at San Francisco Thursday night.

The Lions are a nice story, but let’s hold off crowning them. Detroit’s defense was atrocious in that home loss to the Seahawks, giving up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Who needs training camp? Who needs practice? Chris Jones was often the best player on the field in the Chiefs’ 17-9 win at Jacksonville with a sack-and-a-half, five QB pressures and a batted pass.

Alabama is out of the Top Ten for the first time in eight years. Texas sleep-walked for three quarters against Wyoming, but nevertheless rose from fourth to third in the AP Poll.

Last week’s college football schedule didn’t have much sizzle, but some of this Saturday’s matchups are going to jump out of the frying pan. Colorado at Oregon. Oregon State at Washington State. Iowa at Penn State. Florida State at Clemson. UCLA at Utah. Ole Miss at Alabama. Ohio State at Notre Dame.  I’m gonna have to buy new batteries for the remote.

Astros win. Rangers lose. Mariners lose.  The Trifecta!

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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.