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Deshaun Watson is 40 percent through his five-year, $230 million contract with the Browns. He has played eleven games. And he won’t play any more in 2023 after doctors determined he needs immediate season-ending surgery to repair a displaced fracture in his throwing shoulder. Bad karma. So the Browns, with their Super Bowl caliber defense, now throw their quarterbacking keys to rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson. That engine ain’t gonna turn over. The 6-3 Browns play the also offensively punchless—but also 6-3–Steelers on Sunday. Whatever the under is, bet the under.

The 5-4 Bengals’ season could be on the line tonight when they visit the 7-3 Ravens. Both teams are coming off a crushing loss. Lotsa drama and storylines. Who’s going to win this Thursday night game? Al Michaels, finally.

Rodgers continues to insist he will play again this season. And Jets coach Robert Saleh says if Aaron wants to play, he’ll let him. I’m having a difficult time unpacking all of this. How about you?

But I do know this. Justin Herbert and Josh Allen are astoundingly talented quarterbacks. And neither one of them is getting the job done. Allen says he’s sorry Bills O.C. Ken Dorsey lost his job Monday. Josh says he feels responsible. I can understand that.

Are you getting the feeling the Bills’ Super Bowl window is closing? It’s getting pretty stuffy in that room.

As for the Chargers, their act is getting stale (or more accurately “Staley”) too. That guy shoulda lost his job LAST year.

The Texans, meanwhile, are a breath of fresh air. But they need to watch their backsides Sunday against the Cardinals. Yes, I said the Cardinals. Just ask the Cowboys about this. 

BTW, there’s no reason why the Texans can’t win the AFC Souff. They have the best quarterback in the division, the most refreshing and dynamic young coach in the league, and they’ve found  both a running game and a defense. And don’t forget they have already beaten the Jags once.

The Cowboys losing LB Leighton Vander Esch to a serious neck condition for at least this season—or possibly forever—is a big deal. LVE has been the team’s best run-stopping linebacker and was the huddle’s “green dot” until he went down.

College football coach of the year? It’s gotta be Northwestern’s David Braun in my book. After the Wildcats’ former D.C. was promoted to head coach following the hazing scandal that led to the firing of Pat Fitzgerald, he has led NU to five wins, more than the Cats had in the previous two seasons combined. Remarkable, given the mess he inherited.

That headlock Draymond Green clamped on Rudy Gobert will cost Green five games and right at $770,000. The NBA openly admits the severity of the punishment is all about Draymond’s “priors.” He earned it.

The “in-season tournament”? All that’s missing from this tricked-up gimmick is a windmill hole.  What do you get if you win it?  A stuffed animal?

No, I still haven’t watched a full NBA game this season. But I saw a highlight clip. Pretty much accidentally. The Celtics’ new uniforms are an abomination.

The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole got all 30 first-place votes to win his first Cy Young. Padres lefty Blake Snell took the NL hardware to become just the seventh pitcher to claim the Cy Young in both leagues. Snell also won the award in 2018 when he was with the Rays.

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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.