Thursday Numbers

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. – Kobe Bryant

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 taxes & WalletHub, Montana State University & Rob O’Neill, unemployment, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant, Congress’ approval rating, Congressional Pig Book, Ethan Couch & drunk driving, and much more!


According to my friends at WalletHub, that is the estimated revenue from individual income taxes in 2016. ($1.62 trillion)

The sad thing is that Congress will spend all of it (and more) like a kid with their parents’ credit card…


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (USDOL)


Lee Newspapers reported that Montana State University-Bozeman will use money from its taxpayer-supported general fund to pay ex-Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill’s $28,000 speaking fee, a university spokesperson said Tuesday.

The university canceled the engagement, scheduled Monday, due to “unforeseen circumstances” after O’Neill was booked for a first-offense misdemeanor driving under the influence charge early Friday in Butte.

That’s pretty good work to get paid for not actually speaking. I’m sure O’Neill will make it right. BTW, my speaking fee would have been $100 plus mileage and a free lunch…


That’s the average tax refund ($2,945) according to WalletHub.


Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors made 402 three-pointers this season, which beat his previous record of 286 which he set last season. (ESPN)

That is a pretty amazing stat.


The Golden State Warriors finished the NBA regular season with a record 73 wins and 9 losses. The previous record (72-10) was set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.(ESPN)

That Bulls team was pretty good. Which team is would win a seven-game series will be debated for a long time.


According to my friends at WalletHub that was the average wait time (30.5 minutes) when calling the IRS in 2015.


Kobe Bryant turned back time Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant finished his 20-year career Wednesday night by scoring 60 points to lead the Lakers to a win over the Utah Jazz.(ESPN)

Bryant will go down as one of the greatest NBA players. He has five NBA Championships. He was drafted right out of high school in 1996.


Gallup polling reported that the substantial majority of Americans still disapprove of the job Congress is doing while just 17% approve. This is up slightly from the 13% approval rating Congress received in March. Congress’ approval rating has not exceeded 20% since October 2012.

Just about anyone with an approval rating like that in a regular job would be fired.


According to my friends at WalletHub, that is the time (16 hours) it takes Americans (per person) to do their taxes each year.


The Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) 2016 Congressional Pig Book Summary is 15 pages long.(CAGW)

I remember when it used to be an honor to be in the “Pig Book” because it meant you were helping your state – like members of Congress are supposed to do. Pork to some was a new water system providing clean drinking water to others. 


Fox News reported that a judge on Wednesday ordered so-called “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch to spend two years behind bars — 180 days for each of the four people he killed in a fatal 2013 drunken-driving wreck.

It was also reported that Couch was originally sentenced to probation for killing four people and seriously injuring two others in June 2013 when the then-16-year-old rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a disabled motorist. His blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit for adult drivers. Attorneys for Couch argued that his affluent life contributed to his wreckless actions, with one defense psychologist using the term “affluenza.”

That was weak punishment when he was 16 – a slap in the face to the families of those who were killed and injured. The two years he recently received is a good start, but it needed to be harsher. He killed four people.


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8 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Pick a number, 29 or 1

    “The former chief executive of a company that owned a West Virginia mine where 29 miners were killed in a 2010 explosion was sentenced Wednesday to a year in federal prison.

    Don Blankenship, who had been chief executive of Massey Energy, was found guilty by a jury in December on a charge of conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards. He was sentenced one day after the sixth anniversary of the accident, which drew national attention and prompted congressional scrutiny.”

  2. Using 2014 as a barometer, Kobe was 2nd in the NBA in endorsement deals behind only Lebron. To suggest that no one cares about Kobe is ludicrous. Average seat cost for last nights game on the secondary market was over $1000 a seat. The sporting public have short memories.

  3. I’d say the majority of people in this country are angry about that affluent teen. I bet nothing will change, however. What does that tell you about the power of the majority?

    No one cares about Kobe Bryan because he doesn’t have endorsements. He doesn’t have endorsements because of his rape trial.

    • Greg – Thanks. Your “affluent teen”comment was spot-on. As for Kobe, he has plenty of endorsements. Some dropped him when he was accused of the rape, but that was back in 1996-97, and since then many have come back. Reportedly he has endorsements from Adidas, McDonalds, Coke, and last night he was doing a commercial for Apple TV. Google “kobe bryant endorsements” and you’ll see he has a plenty. He won’t go hungry. -JmB

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