Thursday Numbers

Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are. – John W. Gardner

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include World Series viewers, the Royals parade, unemployment, the garbage man, Griz/Cats/Saints & playoffs, area code, Packers & Broncos, election results, Jeb Bush, the undefeated, and much more!


The 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets averaged 14.7 million viewers – up 6% from last year’s seven-game series. (Source)

The New York television market undoubtedly helped a lot. The Royals won the World Series four games to one.


That’s the estimated number of people who showed up for the World Series parade and celebration for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.(Source)

I love Kansas City – I would love to live in that area again.


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


A Seattle elementary school is thanking a garbage man for finding nearly $12,000 in checks in the trash and returning them to the school. (Source)

I think being a garbage man would be a fascinating job…


According to Great Falls Tribune Sports Columnist Scott Mansch, that is the last year that the Montana Grizzlies, the Montana State Bobcats, and the Carroll College Fighting Saints all missed the playoffs. There’s a chance they may repeat that this year.

IMHO it’s not the players’ fault, either.

To be brutally honest, two of the three teams have coaches who have probably stayed too long, and the other coach does not seem right for the program.


Montana will keep the single area code 406 until the year 2022 the Missoulian newspaper recently reported. A second area code will then be required.

Get prepared – 2022 is when it will hit the fan…


Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for only 77 yards against the Denver Broncos last week. The Packers lost to the Broncos 29-10.(Source)

Peyton Manning had 340 passing yards.


Did you miss the Kansas City Royals parade in Kansas City? Click HERE to watch the parade in just 60 seconds.

I love a parade…


In the Great Falls city commissioner race, Tracy Houck is leading Rick Tryon by just seven votes. (Source)

It looks like there will be a recount.

Several things made me smile about this local election, but the one thing that stands out was the candidate who filed a complaint against Houck, Don Petrini. He finished fourth in a four-candidate race almost 1,600 votes out of third place.


Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush received just 4%in the latest Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday. (Source)

I think he’s done. Several others are in the same boat with Bush.


There are four NFL teams that have zero losses. They are the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, and the Cincinnati Bengals. (Source)

New England plays at Denver later this month. Cincinnati plays at Denver on Dec. 28.

The Broncos surprised a lot of people last week when they beat the Packers.

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Sorry about the double postings. Feel free to eliminate one. Thanks for hosting your blog. It’s my first read most days.

    • Rick – Thanks. I was out for my walk, so I thought that maybe you figured it did not go through or something. -JmB

  2. Personally, I’m shocked Tracy Houck did so well. She clearly, IMO, lied about her campaign filing issues and Mr. Petrini was correct to call attention to it. The rules are for everybody and her explanations didn’t come close to passing the smell test. .

    • Rick: I don’t know if she lied or not, but I believe this actually was her first rodeo. She got caught and will know better next time. It’s important to have someone advising your campaign who knows the ropes or who can point the candidate to the location where he/she can find the information.

      I thought it was funny because the person who cried “foul” the loudest finished last. As for the future of the GF City commission, I may have to change my viewing habits on every other Tuesday evening if they stop acting like cranky old men. Thanks for your comments – JmB

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