Thursday Numbers

We are back after taking last Thursday off for Thanksgiving. I hope you had a great holiday!

Thanks for stopping by. If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Mega Millions, free preventative care, federal disability benefits, unemployment, Mike Tomlin, CenturyLink versus Arrowhead, Sandy Hook calls, roadkill permits, could it be Satan, Affordable Care Act, College Football Bowl schedule, Florida State/Ohio State, air pocket, the temperature, and much more!


That’s the Mega Millions jackpot ($291 million) for Friday night’s drawing.


According to the White House, “Thanks to #Obamacare, 105 million Americans have gained access to free preventive care like cancer screenings.”

It would be nice if Republicans and Democrats worked together to make the program even better.


CNS News is reporting, “The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,982,920 in November, up from the previous record of 10,978,040 set in May.”

They are basing it on data released by the Social Security Administration.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, that is how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week.

This is good news! That is the first time it’s been below 300,000 that I can remember.


According to ESPN, “The NFL on Wednesday fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a kickoff return in last Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.”


As of this morning, 2,630 people signed the petition saying that CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, “does not qualify as a true open air stadium” and the title of loudest open air stadium should remain with Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs.

It’s easy to see how the semi-enclosed structure with the curved roof helps with the crowd noise at CenturyLink Field. The Guinness Book of World Records should at least place an asterisk by CenturyLink Field’s record and give Arrowhead the title. The Seahawks should compete with the Cowboys, Cardinals, and the Colts.

With the semi-enclosed roof, the Seattle crowd should have at least hit 140 decibels. They beat Arrowhead 137.6 to 137.5. They also play football at Arrowhead on real grass. Uniforms get dirty there.


Due to the Associated Press (AP) fighting for their release citing the “Freedom of Information Act,” the calls to 911 during last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre were released.

People can cite the freedom of the press and all that goes with it, but I think the AP was out of line. Sometimes wounds need time to heal. My condolences to the Sandy Hook families who have suffered, once again, and this time it was due to the AP trying to get a story.

I read about some of the information from the calls, but I did not listen to them – and I won’t.


According to MTN News, “A total of 56 roadkill permits have been requested in Montana since a new law went into effect last week.”

Where’s a good place to pick up a meal…


KUSA-TV reports, “When Jenn Vest woke up in the middle of the night to feed her young son, she noticed a missed call on her cell phone. That call came from number 1-666-666-6666. The 48 texts that followed all came from different numbers but all had the word ‘Satan.’”

Could it be…Satan?


A new poll from Gallup found, “Americans younger than 30, a key group targeted by the Affordable Care Act, continue to be the least familiar with it. Another important group, those with lower incomes, are less familiar with the healthcare law than are those with higher incomes.”


Another poll from Gallup found, “a substantial minority, currently 28%, say they are more likely to pay the government fine imposed for not having insurance. The percentage planning to pay the fine has changed little in the last month, even as the 2014 deadline for having insurance draws nearer.”


The 2013-14 College Football Bowl schedule starts December 21. The BCS Championship game is January 6.

We will find out this weekend which team plays where!


Florida State and Ohio State are both 12-0 and sit one and two in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll. If they win on Saturday, they will probably play for the National Championship. They haven’t played as tough a schedule as Auburn, Missouri, and Alabama who are members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). These three teams are 11-1.

Florida State and Ohio State might finish with at least three losses each if they played in the very tough SEC.


A ship’s cook survived “3 days in air pocket of sunken ship off Nigerian coast.”

After he was safely rescued he said, “He wanted to go back to being a cook in the hotel.”

Good idea…


The temperature when I woke up this morning was minus 16. That’s in Great Falls (MT).

I don’t like the temperature being minus 16.

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