Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. Friday is in our headlights so hang on…

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 sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about the Super Bowl, Ronald Read, unemployment, Obamacare, major Montana newspapers & Twitter followers, concealed weapons on college campuses, Stress in America, Bullock fundraiser, Republican & Democratic-leaning states, Anti-Bully Law, Grammy Awards, rock songs, Montana judges, the NFL & Marshawn Lynch, and much more!


That’s how many people (114.4 million) watched Super Bowl XLIX making it the most-watched show in U.S. TV history. (Source)

I watched the game again on Tuesday, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called that same pass play again…


Ronald Read was a former gas station employee and janitor. He recently died at age 92. He left $6 million to his local library and hospital. His attorney said he was so frugal that when he visited her office he would park far away so he wouldn’t have to put money in a parking meter. (Source)


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (Source)

This is an increase from last week’s report, but still below 300k.


There are more than 48,000 Montanans who have signed up for health insurance through the online marketplace. (Source)

This is a good thing. If Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, they need to have something in place to help those who have it.


That’s how many followers the Missoulian newspaper has on Twitter. (@missoulian)

That’s pretty impressive…


That’s how many followers the Billings Gazette newspaper has on Twitter. (@billingsgazette)

The Missoulian is kicking the Gazette’s butt on Twitter. Billings is Montana’s largest city.


That’s how many followers the Bozeman Daily Chronicle newspaper has on Twitter. (@bozchron)

It’s very surprising that the Chronicle, being a college town, is so far behind the Missoulian. The Chronicle is one of the last places I go for news.


That’s how many followers the Great Falls Tribune newspaper has on Twitter. (@GFTribune)

Although the Tribune has mastered outing 14-year-old children, it does not appear that they have mastered journalism/social media 101…

It’s amazing with all the free advertising that the Gazette, Chronicle, and the Tribune have, that they don’t have more followers on Twitter.


The Associated Press reported that the Montana state senate “narrowly endorsed” Senate Bill 143 which “would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses in Montana.” The vote was 25-24.

Dumb. Very dumb.


The American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey results for 2014, released this week, shows that 72 percent of adults report feeling stressed about money at least some of the time, and 22 percent say that they experience extreme stress about money. (Source)


According to a new poll from Gallup, 50.5% of Montanans lean Republican and 32.8% lean Democratic. Wyoming and Utah are the most Republican-leaning states and Massachusetts and Maryland are the most Democratic leaning. (Source)


That’s the minimum suggested contribution ($50) to Friends of Steve Bullock campaign for an event in Great Falls tonight. If you want to give more, you can be a Sponsor for $300, a Co-Host for $650, or a Patron for $1,300.

Right now I don’t see any Republicans being able to beat Bullock, except maybe Steve Daines. Daines has run for several offices already, so who knows what he will do. 


This headline was pretty embarrassing: “Montana Ponders Joining 49 Other States With Anti-Bully Law.” (Source)

Montana’s Legislature is horrible. It’s a circus with clowns performing daily. Ponder that…


With the Grammy Awards coming up this Sunday, here are (courtesy of Rolling Stone) the “20 Most Awesomely Retro Moments in Grammy History.”


According to Yahoo! Music, here are the “15 most downloaded rock songs of all time.”

I’m pretty cool; I have a few of them.


50-year-old Gale Spottedbear of Great Falls “has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for threatening a police officer and his pregnant wife after being arrested for a drunken disturbance.” (Source)

If only the judges were this tough on drunk drivers.


According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch complied with his obligation to attend all required media sessions at the Super Bowl and will not be fined, according to an NFL official.” Schefter reports that Lynch won’t be fined for the Beast Mode hat he wore at the media sessions, either.  (Source)

I’m surprised. Lynch acted like a jerk and I thought his actions sent the wrong message. I’d look for more players to go this route since Lynch did not get punished. Fans are the losers here.

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. In regards to Marshawn Lynch, are the fans really losing anything? When was the last time a player gave anything other than boilerplate answers to oft-repeated questions?

    The fact that Lynch doesn’t want to talk is all I need to know about him as his playing says it all IMO.

    Lastly, I wish the NFL would go back to one week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. One week of stupid interviews is enough for me. And while I’m on my soapbox, move the SB to Saturday.

    Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary.

    • Rick – Thanks for your comments. Personally, I like to watch the interviews and hope others “open up” a little more than Lynch. I kind of like the two weeks between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl. It gives teams time to heal up some and put their best team on the field. I think a lot of people would like to see it played on Saturday so they can recuperate on Sunday! Thanks again, -JmB

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