Thursday Numbers

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon

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 Brock Osweiler, Erin Andrews, unemployment, Veterans & Tester & Daines, ConAgra Foods & Trenton MO, March Madness, job approval ratings, Tom Alfrey, GOP Presidential debate, and much more!


According to Pro Football Talk, Montana native Brock Osweiler has agreed to a contract with the Houston Texans that will pay him about $18 million a year over four years for a grand total of around $72 million. The Denver Broncos were offering about $16 million a year.

As for Broncos general manager John Elway, he took a shot at Osweiler saying “We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos.” (USA Today)

I’ve always thought Elway was a jerk.We’ll see who the Broncos find to replace Peyton Manning and Osweiler. This is good for my team – the Kansas City Chiefs!


A jury awarded sportscaster and TV host Erin Andrews $55 million from two hotel companies and a stalker who took nude photos of her and posted them online. (AP)

Good for her.


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


That’s about how many words the Billings Gazette editorial team devoted to veterans in their editorial in which they told readers, “The Veterans Choice Act is a poor choice.” The Gazette editorial board also said:

We call on [Sen.] Daines and [Sen.] Tester to work together and with their colleagues to get Montana veterans a better deal than the slow, frustration they are now suffering with Veterans Choice. Our American heroes deserve a much better choice.

It seems that everyone in Washington who can hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for their crappy service is more worried about the next election than they are about veterans.

Tester and Daines always put on a great show by saying the right things about veterans, but they are failing me and my fellow Montana veterans.


That’s how many people in the Trenton, Missouri, area will be losing their jobs due to the closing of the ConAgra Foods plant. (KTTN Radio)

I worked at that plant one summer. That’s sad news for Trenton. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected. Local, state, and federal officials need to step in to help the community – including the elected officials from that area. 


That’s how many teams make the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. (Source)


That’s how many teams make the 2016 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament. (Source)


That’s President Barack Obama’s job approval rating (50%) for the week ending March 6, his highest weekly average since May 2013. (Gallup)

Gallup also reported that Obama is doing significantly better than his most recent predecessor, George W. Bush, who had a 32% job approval rating in March 2008.

I imagine that will anger the haters on the extreme right…


After 15 years as vice president of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Tom Alfrey is retiring. (GF Tribune).

Good luck to Alfrey – he is one of the good guys.


That’s the current approval rating of Congress. Gallup polling reports that in the U.S., 13% approve of the job Congress is doing, in line with approval ratings ranging from 11% to 16% since August. The current rating is just four percentage points above the record low of 9% recorded in November 2013.

Yes, members of Congress suck at their jobs. It’s really that simple.


Let’s get ready to rumble! The Republican presidential candidates will hold their 12th debate tonight in Miami. It is hosted by CNN. (USA Today)

The debates are about to come to an end!


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4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. How ironic that Mr. Elway is taking a shot at Mr. Osweiler after he blackmailed the Colts into trading him to the Broncos after the 1983 draft by saying if they didn’t trade him he would play baseball. Brock did what he obviously feels is best for him and his career without sinking anywhere near the depths that Elway did in 1983.

  2. Thankful that the debates are nearly over. This is way too much information. The Romans pitted the lions versus the Christians for entertainment. These debates are on the same level. Lots of growling and some blood but very little useful accomplished.

    • Thanks Dave – I am amazed at the debates and how little control the moderators have over the candidates. I am growing tired of them and have compared them to professional wrestling. -JmB

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