Thursday Numbers

Sometimes the best thing you do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best. – Unknown

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 Aaron Rodgers, unemployment, Montana State Fair, Puerto Rico, Giant Springs Elementary School, President Donald Trump & Google, I-185 poll results, U.S. Senator Jon Tester & the Homeland Security Committee, Unions – Yes, Bob Costas, Tester & Trump, the NFL preseason comes to a close, and much more!


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has agreed to sign a $134 million contract with the Packers, and $103 million of that contract is guaranteed. Rodgers is now the highest-paid player, in terms of annual average, in NFL history. (Yahoo Sports)

I am not a big fan of Rodgers, but I could become a fan and friend if he shared…


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


That’s how many paid guests attended the 2018 Montana State Fair in Great Falls. That’s an increase from 71,388 in 2017.

I have not attended the fair since they did away with the free night shows.


Officials in Puerto Rico now say 2,975 people died following Hurricane Maria – a devastating storm that struck the US island territory in September 2017. The revised death toll is nearly 50 times the previous estimate of 64. (

The Trump Administration fumbled the ball big time in dealing with Puerto Rico.


Giant Springs Elementary School in Great Falls is open! The first new elementary school to be built in Great Falls since 1970 was opened for students on Wednesday! The groundbreaking was about 412 days ago, on July 13, 2017. The new school was built on schedule and under budget! (Tammy’s Top Ten)

Applause goes to Superintendent Tammy Lacy, the school board, the citizens in Great Falls who approved the funding for the schools, and to those who worked on the school.


President Donald Trump in a tweet about a Google search said, “96 percent of (Google News) results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media.”

Politifact rated Trump’s statement False. (Politifact)

People are starting to ask if Trump ever says anything that is true.


That’s the percentage of people in The Western Word poll who say they will vote “Yes” on I-185, an initiative in Montana that will raise tobacco taxes to fund health care programs. The other 21% said they would vote “No.”

This vote in November will be interesting…


A campaign ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) says U.S. Senator Jon Tester “skipped 76% of hearings on Senate Homeland Security Committee.” (NRSC)

Maybe Tester’s people will explain this…


Sixty-two percent of Americans approve of labor unions today, which is consistent with the 61% who approved last year and up from 56% in 2016. Before 2017, public support for unions hadn’t exceeded 60% since 2003, when 65% approved. (Gallup)

Unions – YES!


That’s about how many years Bob Costas has been with NBC sports. There are reports that Costas and NBC are discussing ways for his departure. He is under contract until 2021. (Yahoo)

I think Costas is best at calling baseball games – he is great to listen to and has tremendous knowledge.


U.S. Senator Jon Tester has sent his 19th bill to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law. Tester’s bill, the Veteran Transition Improvement Act, will ensure all newly hired VA physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists and expanded-function dental auxiliaries who are disabled veterans will not have to face the financial hardship of taking unpaid leave to receive necessary medical treatment. (Press Release)

Tester and Trump make a great team – they are getting things done…


There are 16 NFL preseason games on tap for tonight. These are the final preseason games. The regular season kicks off next Thursday (Sept. 6) with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. (ESPN)

Go Chiefs!