Thursday Numbers

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

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 unemployment, grants, University of Montana, wind, pay raises, Larry King, Syrian refugees, Jared Fogle, the NBA, DraftKings and FanDuel, college football playoff rankings, the NFL, plus a lot more!


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


That’s the amount of the “Dream Big” grant for the Great Falls Public School (GFPS) staff from the GFPS Foundation.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, the grant is meant to encourage creativity, inspire innovation and collaboration with the community to help as many students as possible.

That sounds like a wonderful mission.


That’s how many positions the University of Montana is cutting according to a story from the Montana Kaimin, which is the student-run daily at the University of Montana.

I don’t know if sports took a hit, but maybe to help the crisis the football team could survive on just two uniform combinations?


That was the peak wind gust in Montana on Tuesday at a location east of Sunburst. (Source)

I don’t believe any politicians were in the area, so it must have been the wind…


That’s the percentage of people answering “NO” to the Great Falls Tribune’s question, “Should Montana lawmakers get a pay raise?”

I think they should be paid minimum wage.


Talk show host Larry King turns 82 today. He’s a great person to follow on Twitter @kingsthings. #itsmy2cents


That’s the percentage of people answering “NO” to the Great Falls Tribune’s question, “Do you think the U.S. should accept Syrian refugees?”

I like pulling for the underdog here! With proper screening, which will take a couple years, there’s no reason we can’t help. Read my column from yesterday about the subject. I am amazed at how horrible people who call themselves Christians are acting about this issue.

After I wrote that last sentence, I had second thoughts. I guess I am not that amazed to see fellow Christians acting like jackasses.


That’s the highest wind gust (61 MPH) in Great Falls (MT) on Tuesday night. (Source) The large plastic city-owned dumpsters in my ally took a hit. I found one and brought it back to its original spot. Another one is missing. I’m thinking it can probably be found close to Lewistown or maybe even Glendive.


Former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle will be sentenced today for child-porn and child-sex convictions. According to USA Today, prosecutors agreed to cap their request for prison time at 12 1/2 years. Fogle is asking for five years. The judge can sentence Fogle from five to 50 years.

I wonder if they serve sub sandwiches in prison…


The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have won their first 12 games of the season. The Philadelphia 76ers lost their first 12 games of the season. (Source)

NBA basketball is pretty boring until about the first of April…


Montana is one of five states that prohibit Internet fantasy sports betting such as those games run by companies like DraftKings and FanDuel. (Source)

Relax, Montana still allows about a gazillion casinos in each town.


The top four teams in the college football playoff rankings for this week are:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Notre Dame

The road ahead is rocky for all four teams. Ohio State plays two ranked teams in the next two weeks: Michigan State and Michigan. Notre Dame plays a ranked Stanford team in the final week. Clemson will be in the ACC Championship (Dec. 5) probably against North Carolina who is playing very well right now. Alabama plays Auburn and then will probably be playing in the SEC championship.


Just two teams are still undefeated in the NFL – the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers. They are both 9-0.(Source)



6 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. In regards to Montana being one of only 5 states to prohibit online fantasy sports, Daniel Zolnikkov introduced a very reasonable bill to allow this type of activity. It was shot down in committee after lobbying by the powers that be behind bar owners and the like.
    We need to move into the real world and leave this up to individuals to decide whether they want to participate or not.
    No big surprise that monied interests once again lobby against the citizens though.

  2. 75: The American People are more concerned about the safety and security of our country over letting 10,000 unvetted Syrians loose in the country.

    I heard the idea of bringing in NATO in to establish safe zones in Iraq for the refugees and protecting these camps, leaving them close to their homeland. That sounds like a real plan…

    One would be very naive to believe that there would not be ISIS fighters among the refugees being brought here, it happened in Paris, it will happen here!

    • Barry – One would be very naive to think that if someone wants to do harm to the USA, they would and not wait to go through a screening process that can take upwards of two years. -JmB

      • I guess the Paris attack was an exception…we currently allow illegal aliens with criminal records to roam free now, how would this be any different under this administration. Are you saying they will be in internment camps until vetted? How do you vet someone with no documented history to verify?

        It is better to error on the safe side and let the other Muslin countries house them near their homeland. What about the NATO idea?

      • Barry- If there’s any chance that their ID can’t be verified then they can’t come in. They can’t roam until they pass the screening. They can be housed wherever because it will probably be better and safer than where they came. -JmB

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