Super Bowl 50: Final Thoughts

Denver Broncos 24, Carolina Panthers 10.

Maybe it was just the group of people that was at my house, but most of us felt that Super Bowl 50 was one of the most boring Super Bowl games of all time. I think most people wanted the game to be over already – even the fans who wanted the Broncos to win.

I picked the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50.

Congrats to the Denver Broncos – and especially quarterback Peyton Manning for winning Super Bowl 50. I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan who sees the Chiefs and Broncos play twice a year, so I am not a Denver fan. I do respect Peyton Manning, though. I don’t care for John Elway or Gary Kubiak.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) was Broncos linebacker, Von Miller. The real MVP was the Broncos 68-year-old defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. He was actually the head coach of the Broncos for two years back in the 1990s. Phillips’ defense beat the New England Patriots and last night his defense shut-down Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Peyton Manning should retire now, walk out a winner, drink his Budweiser, and heal. There are not too many athletes that go out on top, so this is Manning’s “drop the mic and walk off the stage” moment. Just do it.

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The Sunday Message

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)

Today is Super Bowl 50. One team will leave the field with the prize of being the best team in the NFL.

I played football in middle school and high school. I loved the teamwork. I loved the camaraderie with teammates. There’s nothing much like it. You can learn a lot about life by playing the game of football. I remember as a team saying “The Lord’s Prayer” before we took the field.

OK, I love football, maybe too much. I get a little depressed when the season ends. The depression starts when football is not on during Mondays and Thursdays and Sunday nights. When the Super Bowl ends, I kind of feel there’s a void in my life for a few days.

Last year a record 114.4 million viewers tuned into to Super Bowl XLIX (49) where the Patriots topped the Seahawks. I guess I am not alone in my love for the game.

According to CBS Sports:

There have only been seven shows in American television history that have topped 100 million viewers — and six of those are Super Bowls. The only non-Super Bowl to top the 100 million viewer mark came in February 1983 when the M*A*S*H finale drew 106 million viewers on CBS.

If you watch the game today have fun and enjoy yourself – Is this a great country or what?

Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi

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Caught My Eye…

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. – Vince Lombardi

Welcome to the big show to end the week – the first “Caught My Eye” (CME) of February!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics that caught my eye this week include Daines & Social Security & Guns, Tester & Terrorism, Zinke & the Draft, John Walsh, Montana Political Reporting, Clinton & Powell & Rice Emails, NFL Pro Bowl, TWW Super Bowl poll results, plus my Super Bowl 50 prediction!

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Thursday Numbers

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

Welcome to the “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the New Hampshire primary, the California lottery, World Cancer Day, NFL concussions, Dan Quayle, Super Bowl 50, Obama’s job approval rating, Facebook, issues Republicans & Democrats agree about, Prop Bets, Denise Juneau, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

– “American Pie” by Don McLean

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • The Day the Music Died
  • Denise Juneau
  • Ted Cruz
  • Ann Coulter
  • Caucus Speeches
  • Cable News & the Caucus
  • Obama Visits U.S. Mosque
  • Super Bowl 50 poll

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Terrific News Tuesday

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon

It’s Groundhog Day and time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

It’s Groundhog Day and time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Malmstrom AFB Airmen
  • Express Appeals Act
  • Belt Theater
  • MT Commissioner of Political Practices
  • 2016 Primary Season

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Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Welcome to February! Today in Iowa our country begins voting for President! Is this a great country or what?

Please take the polls at the end of this column about the Iowa caucus!

Today’s topics include:

  • 55 Montana Lawmakers
  • Clinton Emails
  • David Petraeus
  • Iowa Caucus

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