Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday – and that means your weekly dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you are a first-time visitor, “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 (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about Samsung & Blackberry, Montana infrastructure, Obamacare, Starbucks, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Judge Kenneth Neill, unemployment, Denver Broncos & John Fox, Super Bowl, Forrest Gump, Ann Curry, must-follow Twitter accounts, job approval, Paul “Bear” Bryant, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and the most important problem facing the country!


Reuters is reporting Samsung Electronics Co Ltd recently approached BlackBerry Ltd about buying the company for as much as $7.5 billion.

I have a Blackberry Z-10 – and it’s a great smartphone. Yes, I am pretty cool….


That’s the cost of an infrastructure plan ($391.2 million) proposed by Montana Governor Steve Bullock, who is a Democrat. (Source)

Although it’s just a plan, it will be interesting to watch this bill make its way through the Republican-controlled legislature.


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week, which was an increase of 19,000 from the previous week. (Source)


Through last Friday, that is how many Montanans have signed up for health insurance (Obamacare) during this enrollment period. According to Lee Newspapers, “That’s about three times the amount by this time last year and more than the signups through the entire 2014 enrollment period.”

This is a good thing. Hopefully the Republicans and Democrats will work together to make the program better for all Americans.


On this date in 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first Super Bowl.

The halftime show for the first Super Bowl was the Universities of Arizona and Michigan Bands. (Source)


It is 192 miles from Circle, Montana, to the nearest Starbucks which makes it the farthest place from a Starbucks in the United States. (Source)

I could not determine which Starbucks is 192 miles from Circle…


That is the age of possible Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Source)

If he runs again, that means we get to talk and write more about his car elevator, strapping the dog to the top of the car, the 47%, and on and on…


That is the age of possible Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (Source)

Will it be Hillary or bust for the Democrats in 2016?


That is the age of possible Presidential candidate Jeb Bush. (Source)

I don’t know if Jeb Bush has the fire in his belly to run for President. He seems even more rigid than his brother.


Anthony Mason of CBS News reported Wednesday via Twitter that “52% US stations now selling gas below $2.” (Source)

Is this a great country or what? Road trip…


State District Court Judge Kenneth Neill sentenced Ernest Frank Miller, 22, “to 50 years without any time suspended for firing multiple rounds at police officers during a standoff near Sunnyside Elementary School in May.” (Source)

Maybe Judge Neill is finally getting tough on crime…


Former Denver Broncos head coach John Fox had a 46-18 record with the Broncos. He was 3-3 in the playoffs with the Broncos. (Source)

John Elway just went all-in. As a life-long Chiefs fan I hope he falls flat on his face.


In the movie “Forrest Gump” Forrest wore #44 for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. (Source)

It never hurts to have a Forrest Gump reference…


Ann Curry is leaving NBC News after 25 years. (Source)

Congrats goes to Ann on her new job. Shame on NBC for the way they treated her in regard to the Today Show. Jerks.


The Billings Gazette has published 17 “must follow” Twitter accounts for the Montana Legislative session. See the “must follow” Twitter accounts HERE.

When I grow up, I want my Twitter account (@TheWesternWord) published in the Billings Gazette. This should be on everyone’s bucket list…


According to a new poll from Gallup, “Early into the first session of the new 114th Congress, Americans give the legislative body a 16% job approval rating — matching the December reading of the famously unpopular and divided Congress that preceded it.”

The new Republican majority will turn that frown upside down…turn that frown upside down… (sing with me)…


Former Alabama head football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant has five national championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, and 1979). Bryant’s record was 323-85-17 and his winning percentage was .780. (Source)

Many think Bryant was probably the best football coach in the history of major college football.


Alabama coach Nick Saban has a winning percentage of .748 as a college football head coach. His record in college is 177-59-1. Saban has won four national championships (one at LSU and three at Alabama). (Source)


Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a winning percentage of .844 as a head coach. His record is 141–26. Meyer has won three national championships (two at Florida and one at Ohio State). (Source)

Urban Meyer may win several more, as he is only 50.


When Gallup Polling asked what the most important problem facing the country was, the number one thing was dissatisfaction with the government, followed by the economy in general. (Source)

I don’t see the leaders in Washington changing this anytime soon because it’s all about the next election…


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