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Both Monday Night winning QBs fought through some funk to post those W’s. Jalen Hurts shook off flu symptoms as his Eagles got to 3-0 with a 25-11 road win over the Bucs, while Joe Burrow overcame his bothersome right calf strain to lift the desperate White Tigers to their first victory of the season as they held off the Rams 19-16.

Just because I’m a glutton for punishment, I went back and watched the Cowboys’ disastrous performance in Glendale again. Here’s my concern going forward. Dallas still can’t stop the run, a problem that dates back several seasons. The Cardinal offensive line physically mauled the Dallas front seven in posting 222 rushing yards, 187 of them in the first half. So guess what the Patriots plan to do Sunday in Arlington.

A sprained AC joint leaves Saints QB Derek Carr week-to-week, although it is extremely doubtful he’ll play this week against the Bucs. And Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo is still in concussion protocol, so you can pretty well forget about him vs. the Chargers, who themselves have lost WR Mike Williams for the season with a torn ACL.

As Frank Gifford once famously said, “Pro football is like nuclear war. There are no winners, only survivors.”

I can’t believe Chargers coach Brandon Staley still has a job. That’s coaching malpractice. And it’s chronic.

And Jets coach Robert Saleh, whom I generally like and respect, is THIS CLOSE to losing his team because of his inexplicable decision to ride with Zach Wilson. Saleh has now pissed off Joe Namath, which is never a good idea when dealing with that team’s fan base and the NY media.

Here’s what’s different about the 2023 Longhorns. Mental toughness, togetherness, defense and an improving vertical passing game. Sark is doing a nice job.

The TV Talking Heads keep saying that Washington is the most complete team in college football.  I guess I’d better take a closer look at those Huskies.

How about the ACC? We’re a month in now, and that conference still has six undefeated teams.

You DO realize that Colorado is no better than a 6-6 team, doncha?

And have you seen the numbers that former UIW quarterback Cam Ward is putting up at Washington State?  Dang!

Texas Tech is 1-3. And now the Red Raiders have lost QB Tyler Shough for eight weeks or more with a broken left fibula. That poor guy is snakebit. This is the third straight season in which he will miss considerable time.

When Verlander gets that high fastball working, he is still deadly. He picked a good time to get it going Monday night in Seattle, as the Astros at least temporarily stopped their recent nosedive with a 5-1 win over the M’s. Lost in our (my) panic over the ‘Stros’ slump is the fact that the Mariners have lost four straight and seven of their last ten. While it appears Houston doesn’t have much chance of overtaking the Rangers for the AL West championship, the Astros do at least now have a game-and-a-half edge over Seattle in their race for the final wild card berth.

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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.