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I refuse to believe that the road team will win all seven games. And that’s my illogical, irrational, impertinent reason for picking the Astros tonight at Minute Maid.  Yes. This series has reduced me to that.

It was weird having both the Cowboys and Texans off on Sunday. But it did give me the freedom to channel surf and assess the state of officiating in the NFL. The state is not good, as I’m sure the Indianapolis Colts would agree. The Zebras might want to revisit the term, “uncatchable.”

The college stripes weren’t much better—if any—on Saturday. As I’m sure the Houston Cougars would agree. That late third down spot wasn’t even close.  But then the Coogs called a bad play on fourth down and executed it poorly, and that was that.

So Texas is 6-1, but the ‘Horns will be without Quinn Ewers for a while as he recovers from an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder. Maalik Murphy presumably gets the start this Saturday in what could be a tough fight with BYU. Or could it be Arch Manning?

“Big Noon”? Big Dud. I’m talking about that much-ballyhooed Penn State-Ohio State matchup at the Horseshoe. Marvin Harrison Jr. was the only thing that kept that game from being completely unwatchable.

Are we sure Virginia beat previously undefeated North Carolina? I’m sure Mack will be especially pleasant to be around at practice this week.

Dang! The Ravens were up 21-0 over the Lions before I took the nachos out of the oven. If Lamar Jackson continues to throw on-time and on-target, as he did Sunday, Baltimore can beat anybody.

And, we welcome back the Kansas City Chiefs offense!  Vintage Mahomes Sunday against the Chargers, and that rookie WR from SMU—Rashee Rice—is coming along nicely. Still, the best call in Andy’s playbook remains, “87 Get Open.”  Kelce is amazing.

Baker is back to being an interception machine.

And membrah about a month ago when the Cheeseheads were in Love with Jordan? Never mind.

Regular season win number 300 for The Hoodie, as Mac Jones got it done with 12 seconds left to beat the Bills. Belichick is closing in on Shula (328) and Halas (318).

If you know what’s wrong with the Bills, you’re way ahead of me.

OK, Eagles, I’ll spot you this much. The Kelly Green threads were sweet.

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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.