Thursday Numbers

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain

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 Mega Millions lottery, Matt Rosendale, unemployment, flu season, MLB losers, party goats, Bill Cosby, Initiative 186, roughing the passer penalties, Senate Judiciary Committee and Kavanaugh, plus much more!


That’s the Mega Millions lottery jackpot for Friday night’s drawing. (MegaMillions)



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


The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. (CBS News)

Wow – guess I’ll get a flu shot…


Family members and employees of a Billings-based bail bond company facing fines and sanctions by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance gave nearly $13,000 to Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s political campaigns in 2016. One day after a 2017 face-to-face meeting with company representatives, Rosendale dropped the fines and dismissed two of the three allegations against Friedell LLC. The company paid no penalty under the terms of the agreement. (MTFP)

Montanans should be concerned about the actions of Rosendale.


With about four games left in the season, the Baltimore Orioles have lost 112 games so far this Major League Baseball (MLB) season. (ESPN)

My KC Royals have lost 102 games this season.

In modern-day MLB history (1900 – present), the 2003 Detroit Tigers lost 119 games and the 1962 NY Mets lost 120 games. (Baseball-Almanac)


For just $99 per hour, you can rent “Party Goats LA.” (Reuters)

Sounds pretty baaaadd.


That’s the age of comedian Bill Cosby who was sentenced this week to serve from 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault. Corrections officials announced Wednesday that Cosby — now known as Inmate No. NN7687 — will serve his sentence at SCI Phoenix, a new state prison about 20 miles from the gated estate where a jury concluded he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. (AP)

Cosby will appeal. Several legal commentators say Cosby has many avenues in which to pursue an appeal.


In this week’s poll here at The Western Word, I asked readers how they planned to vote on Initiative 186 (I-186). I-186 deals with mining/reclamation and will be on the ballot this November in Montana.

Here are the results:

  • Yes on Initiative 186 (I-186): 53%
  • No on Initiative 186 (I-186): 38%
  • Undecided: 9%

Thanks to all who participated.


That’s how many roughing the passer penalties have been called this season in the NFL. That’s over twice as many called during the same time last season. (@DanGrazianoESPN)

Any hit above the knees and below the head with the defensive player’s shoulder and not with his helmet should be legal. Some of these quarterbacks are bigger than the defensive players.


The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing allegations by a third woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, a panel spokesman said Wednesday, in yet another potential blow to his prospects for Senate confirmation. (AP)

There may be a fourth or fifth allegation.

I will be surprised if the Brett Kavanaugh nomination makes it until Friday.

The sad deal is that neither side wants the truth in the Kavanaugh situation; they only want to win.