Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. – William Shakespeare
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 sarcasm.
This week’s topics include the Powerball jackpot, the Obamas, Montana Special Olympics, unemployment, 40th Helicopter Squadron, ESPN’s Lee Corso, Eddie’s Supper Club, Sgt. Pepper, John Clayton’s ponytail, Scott Pelley, Mr. Met, NBA Finals, Kathy Griffin, Tiger Woods, and much more!
That’s the current estimated Powerball Jackpot ($337 million) for Saturday’s drawing.(Powerball.com)
We could have a lot of fun this summer with that jackpot!
That’s how much ($8.1 million) former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle paid to buy a mansion in Washington’s swank Kalorama neighborhood that they have been renting since January.(Source)
It is an eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath home.
That’s how much money was raised for Montana Special Olympics in the MTN Chevy Truck Giveaway. (KRTV)
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
The 40th Helicopter Squadron at Malmstrom AFB saved two girls and their dog from the Sluice Boxes State Park about 30 miles southeast of Great Falls May 30. This marks the 418th and 419th save for the 40th HS. (Malmstrom Press)
Salute to the men and women from the 40th HS for a job well done!
ESPN has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Lee Corso, the 81-year-old star of “College GameDay.” Corso joined ESPN in 1987 and has been part of the popular college football Saturday pregame show ever since. His head-gear game predictions, off-the-cuff analysis and signature line — “Not so fast, my friend” — have endeared him to generations of college football fans. (ESPN)
It’s good to see ESPN keep someone…
After three generations of family ownership, Eddie’s Supper Club will soon finish out a 73-year stretch in the Great Falls restaurant landscape. (GF Tribune)
Good food! It is interesting to think about how many prominent people dined there over the years.
It was officially 50 years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play — and the rest is history. The Beatles took the world by storm with the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on June 1, 1967. (NY Post)
ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton confirmed he was released by ESPN after 23 years. According to Yahoo! Sports, Clayton said his relationship with ESPN was the second-best of his life after his marriage to his wife Pat, then injected some humor via Twitter:
By the way I am keeping the ponytail.
If you don’t understand the reference, check out this video.
After six years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley is leaving the broadcast to become a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent. Anthony Mason will serve as the interim anchor of the CBS Evening News beginning in the coming weeks. (CBS Press)
CBS News has a great team, but NBC News is catching up (IMHO).
Can Mr. Met, the New York Mets mascot, get in trouble for giving a fan the middle finger when he only has four fingers? (Yahoo Sports)
The NBA Finals begin tonight (Thursday, June 1) with the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers playing each other in the Finals for the third straight year. (NBA.com)
Who will win it?
Just one day after Kathy Griffin posted a photo and video of her holding a fake severed head of President Donald Trump, CNN terminated their agreement with Griffin to appear on their New Year’s Eve program. (Variety)
That was appropriate. Griffin went too far.
Tiger Woods was arrested earlier this week for DUI. Woods agreed to take a breath test and urine test. Reports say he blew a 0.00 on the breath test. Woods blamed his situation on prescription drug interaction. (ESPN)
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger…