Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday and the Super Bowl is this Sunday – is this a great country or what?

Notice: Some of today’s numbers may enable you to seem knowledgeable about the Super Bowl at your Super Bowl party.

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about all things Super Bowl (winners, pay, MVPs, most wins & loses, players), TracFone, Apple’s money, State of the State speech, the most popular & hated NFL teams, marijuana, unemployment, Friendship Nine, and much more!

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Super Bowl Media Day

I try to catch at least part of the Super Bowl Media Day each year. The players and coaches get some different or unique questions thrown at them. We often see a personal side of these people that we don’t normally get to see.

It cost $28.50 just to get inside the US Airways Center to watch Media Day – and fans had to sit in the stands and observe.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady handled it well as did Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. So did Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked, “What kind of stuffed animals do you like” by a young reporter. Belichick actually cracked a smile and said he liked a puppet. He added, “You can kind of put your fingers in. It’s a little monkey and then he can talk and move his fingers and nod his head, so he can kind of talk back to you.” (Source)

Suddenly Belichick seemed human and for just a second people imagined him on the floor in his child’s bedroom playing with stuffed animals – and maybe laughing.

Then there was Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch repeated 29 times variations of the line, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” He left after about five minutes. (Source) Each team was required to be there for one hour.

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Are you excited or what?

Today I provide commentary about a blogger’s feud between The Flint Report and Intelligent Discontent, State Rep. Mike Miller & No Wrongdoing, State Sen. Taylor Brown & running for governor, the President’s Job Approval Rating, and much more!

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Trib Question: 64% Say Yes to PRTC

On Saturday the Great Falls Tribune asked readers this question: “Should the Air Force expand the Powder River Training Complex?”

Although the Air Force already approved the expansion and the final review now rests with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the results from the Tribune’s question of the day were interesting: 64% of those responding said “Yes” and 36% said “No.”

The Montana Congressional delegation should take notice.

I have been writing about PRTC since July 2008, and many Montanans support the expansion – especially those who have military experience and those who want the best for our military personnel.

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The Sunday Message

There are several variations of this story; here is one:

A man fell in the ocean and he couldn’t swim. When a boat came by, the captain yelled, “Do you need help, sir?” The man calmly said, “No, God will save me.” A little later, another boat came by and a fisherman asked, “Hey, do you need help?” The man replied again, “No God will save me.” Eventually the man drowned and went to heaven. The man asked God, “Why didn’t you save me?” God replied, “I sent you two boats!”

Sometimes in our walk with God, we don’t see the obvious answer or solution that is right in front of us.

Religious people over the years have tried to explain how we are supposed to know if what we think God wants us to do is actually what God wants us to do.

I think the best answer is to pray about it and read the Bible. If you still have doubts, seek counsel and guidance from a fellow Christian or leader in your church.

Plus, be on the lookout for boats.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.        Psalm 3:5-6

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Caught My Eye…

You’ve made it to Friday – and there’s only one week left in January – so congratulations!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about veterans, robo calls, optional orange, Wittich trial, falling off horses, end of an error, Conrad Burns, UFO files, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. That means tomorrow is Friday.

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about the 2016 presidential election, abortions, networks/cable news and the State of the Union (SOTU) speech, Tweets during the SOTU, unemployment, jury duty in Aurora, Roe vs. Wade, public school dropout age, deflated footballs, minimum wage, lowest average gas prices, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…

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