Thursday Numbers

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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 Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries, Kansas City Royals and Eric Hosmer, unemployment, the Buffalo Bills and Andy Dalton, football, Montana highway fatalities, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” the new senators, and much more!


That’s the estimated jackpot for the next Powerball lottery drawing on Saturday night. (

Somebody is going to be rich…


That’s the estimated jackpot for the next Mega Millions lottery drawing on Friday night. (

Somebody has to win…


The Kansas City Royals have offered Eric Hosmer a franchise-record seven-year, $147 million contract, persons close to Hosmer told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity since negotiations are still undergoing. (USA Today)

That’s a lot of money for a baseball player…


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


After Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass to beat the Baltimore Ravens and send the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs, Bills fans have donated more than $170,000 to his charity. (CBS)

The Bills had not made the playoffs in 17 years.


That’s how many people died on Montana highways in 2017. That is the lowest amount of fatalities since 1989. (AP)

Buckle up and don’t drink and drive!


Gallup polling reported that American football, under attack from critics in recent years, has lost some of its popularity but is still the champion of U.S. spectator sports — picked by 37% of U.S. adults as their favorite sport to watch. The next-most-popular sports are basketball, favored by 11%, and baseball, favored by 9%.

Soccer comes in at 7% and auto racing is at 2% according to the poll.

I am not sure if NASCAR will ever recover.


The book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” costs $14.99 for Kindle at Hardcover is $20.98. (


Democrats counted their New Year’s blessings on Wednesday as two new senators — Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota — joined their caucus, reshaping the balance of power in the Senate after a history-laden swearing-in ceremony attended by three current and former vice presidents. (NY Times)

The tidal wave starts with a ripple…