Thursday Numbers

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. – John C. Maxwell

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 NFL’s Roger Goodell, unemployment, toilets on a plane, voting in Montana, basketball blowout, Capitol Christmas Tree, remembering Pearl Harbor, impeachment vote, Al Franken, Kansas City Chiefs’ Marcus Peters, and much more!


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the new contract would be worth $200 million over the life of the contract — about $40 million annually — if owners approve all the bonuses and all the incentives are met. (ESPN)

I don’t think he will last another five years if the NFL doesn’t turn it around.


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


A Delta Boeing 757 non-stop flight from New York to Seattle made an emergency stop in Billings (MT) because the plane’s toilets stopped functioning. (Billings Gazette)

Welcome to Montana – thanks for stopping to defecate here! 


According to Montana Secretary of State Cory Stapleton, there were 363 cases of mismatched signatures out of 383,000 votes cast in the May 25 special House election. (Helena IR)

That does not seem so bad.


That was the score of a girls’ basketball game between Brockton High School and the Medicine Lake Redhawks here in Montana. (GF Tribune)

I am not really sure what anyone learns from a 102-0 score…


Bozeman (MT) sixth-grader Ridley Brandmayr flipped the switch to light the 79-foot U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C. The tree came from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. (Missoulian).

Great job Ridley!


Today (December 7) is the 76th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. There were 2,390 American casualties during the attack. (Press Release)

God bless the patriots from Pearl Harbor!


That is how many House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump. (Fox News)

Not yet, grasshopper…


That’s how many Democratic senators — 13 female and 19 male including the second-ranking Democrat — called on U.S. Senator Al Franken to resign as allegations of sexual harassment against him continue to mount. (CNN)

Montana’s senior Senator, Jon Tester, is one of the 32 senators. Franken is expected to announce his resignation today.


Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was suspended for one game by head coach Andy Reid. In case you missed Peters acting like an ass in last week’s game, here is what happened (KC Star):

Late in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ loss to the Jets, the Chiefs appeared to stop a two-point conversion that would have kept the Chiefs down just five points. But when fellow cornerback Steven Nelson was whistled for defensive holding, Peters — who was visibly frustrated throughout the course of the game — picked up the flag and chucked it into the stands, drawing another penalty.

Peters then walked off the field — all the while, escorted by a Chiefs’ security officer — even though he had not been ejected. He eventually returned to the sideline wearing cleats but no socks.

I support Reid’s decision. He needs to regain control of his team.



3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 76 – I visited Pearl Harbor a couple of years ago. It was one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen.

    • Rick – Yes it is. I visited Pearl Harbor in the late 1980s when I was in the military and vacationing in Hawaii from Guam. Lots of history there and all over the Pacific. Thanks, -JmB

  2. 1000 BC — King David ruled Judea from Jerusalem. When King Solomon (his son) died, the kingdom split creating Israel to the north and Judea to the south. Jerusalem remained the capitol of Judea and was never the capitol of Israel.

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