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!


That’s how much ($40 million) TracFone Wireless will pay “to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.” (Source)


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. This is a decrease from the week before. (Source)

That’s good news!


Yahoo! Sports reports, “Using an astounding array of analytics, the Predictalator on ran 50,000 simulations of Super Bowl XLIX. And 57.5 percent of the time in its simulations, the Seattle Seahawks beat the New England Patriots.”

As for the final score, it was 24-20 Seahawks.


That’s how much ($15,000) the winner (Green Bay) of Super Bowl I was awarded. The losing team (Kansas City) received $7,500. Last year’s winners received $88,000 and the losers $44,000. (Source)


According to USA Today Money, “Apple has so much dough, it could afford to pay every man, woman and child in the U.S. $556. Each.”

Hello Apple! If only our government was run this well…


That’s how much women working full-time make (74 cents) for every $1 made by men for performing the same job in Montana. This information was shared by Montana Governor Steve Bullock in his State of the State speech last night. (Source)

This needs to change…


That’s how much (74%) the legal marijuana business grew in 2014. (Source)

It should be legal in all states…


According to Public Policy Polling, the Green Bay Packers hold the title of most popular NFL team with 54% viewing them favorably. The Dallas Cowboys are the country’s most hated team for the fourth straight year. (Source)


According to Lee Newspapers, Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s State of the State address last night “was interrupted 51 times by applause.” (Source)

According to my Twitter feed, the Democrats loved the speech and the Republicans hated it.  Amazing! 


If you are picking a Super Bowl MVP, then it’s good to know that quarterbacks have been named Super Bowl MVP the most (26 times). Running backs have been named MVP seven times. (Source)


According to CNN, “A South Carolina judge on Wednesday threw out the convictions of the Friendship Nine, who were jailed in 1961 after a sit-in protest in Rock Hill, South Carolina, during the civil rights movement.”  (Source)

This is a very good thing.


The Pittsburgh Steelers have been to eight Super Bowls, winning six of them. (Source)


On Sunday Patriots QB Tom Brady will join Mike Lodish as the only players to play in six Super Bowls (Source)


Charles Haley (San Francisco, XXIII-XXIV; Dallas, XXVII-XXVIII, XXX) has played on five Super Bowl winning teams. (Source)


That is Montana’s unemployment rate (4.2%). (Source)


The Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills have both played in four Super Bowls and lost all four. (Source)

I wonder if they sing “Row, row, row your boat gently down the loser stream.” 


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