The Monday Memo: Trump, McRaven, & Football

**Posting may be a little lighter this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday**

One of the best gifts you can give someone is a genuine thank you for being in your life. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Retired Admiral Bill McRaven
  • Self-Grading
  • Football
  • One More Thing

Bill McRaven, Retired Admiral:

McRaven is a retired Admiral and a Navy SEAL. He commanded the team that took down Saddam Hussein and that killed Osama bin Laden. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked President Trump what he thought about McRaven saying Trump’s sentiment is the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime. (Transcript)

Trump responded that McRaven backs Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Trump then added this:

Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice? You know, living – think of this – living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer. But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there. And we give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year and they don’t tell him, they don’t tell him – 

That’s a pretty cheap shot from the Commander in Chief – who did not have the guts to even serve in the military.


I watched a few minutes of President Donald Trump being interviewed by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. Wallace asked Trump, “Where do you rank yourself in the pantheon of great Presidents? There’s Lincoln and Washington, there’s FDR and Reagan, do you make the top 10?” (Transcript)

Trump responded with:

I would give myself, I would – look, I hate to do it, but I will do it, I would give myself an A+, is that enough? Can I go higher than that?

Sure he hates to do it…


The Montana State Bobcats beat the Montana Grizzlies on Saturday in what was an epic meltdown by the Griz. The Griz led in the game 22-0 before the Bobcats stormed back to win it 29-25. (Box Score)

The experts were correct; the winner of Cat/Griz game was one of 24 teams to make the FCS playoffs. The Bobcats (7-4) host Incarnate Word (6-4) on Saturday (1:00 p.m. Montana time) in Bozeman. It is on ESPN3. The winner gets to play the number one seed in the country, North Dakota State (11-0) on December 1.

You can see the FCS playoff bracket by clicking HERE.

Footnote: There were a few Montana High School championship football games going on at the same time as the annual Cat/Griz game. This is crazy. The Montana High School Association (MHSA) should schedule all the high school championship football games on the Friday before or Friday after the Cat/Griz game. They could even schedule the games for a neutral location – like where the Cat/Griz game is not being played that year.

One More Thing:

Go Chiefs – beat the Rams!



8 thoughts on “The Monday Memo: Trump, McRaven, & Football

  1. The Montana High School Association has been tone deaf for years. They are stuck in the 1950’s. People have been complaining about this stupid deal having all these high school football championships on the same day as the Cat-Griz game. Not only was that game in Missoula but the state B championship was in Missoula,the class A championship was in Hamilton and the class C 8 man championship was in Butte. Would it not be a great recruiting tool to have all the championship teams at the Cat-Griz game to also honor them. One problem I believe with this organization is the ex-board is almost all school administrators and though they may be parents in their own right there is no real parent representatives. School administrators usually don’t rock the boat much and tend to be rather inflexible and focused on climbing up the ladder.

    • Dennis – good points. It could be a major event in Montana if they let it. -JmB

  2. You scoff at Trump’s self-inflicted grade. He “hates” to do a lot of things but goes ahead and does them anyway.. I’d like to stand next to him with a ruler in hand so I could wack his knuckles every time he misbehaves.

Comments are closed.