Thursday Numbers

My wife made me coffee this morning & winked at me when she handed me the cup. I’ve never been more scared of a drink in all of my life. – @AndyAsAdjective

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Rand Paul & rubbish, the 2020 Census, unemployment, Amanda Knox & Italy, Super Bowl tickets, Super Bowl dates, Super Bowl Monday, January is ending, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, John Elway & interceptions, and much more!


A jury this week awarded U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) more than $580,000 in damages against a next-door neighbor who broke six of the Republican lawmaker’s ribs in a gardening dispute. (Reuters)

The neighbor did not like Paul’s rubbish…


The Census Bureau has been busy trying to hire around a half million temporary workers to help carry out the upcoming national head count of every person living in the U.S. (NPR)

I was involved in the 2010 Census and it was a fun and a very rewarding job. If you are interested in applying for a 2020 Census job, click HERE.


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


That’s how much in damages Italy must pay Amanda Knox, the American, who was convicted of killing Meredith Kercher but ultimately acquitted on appeal. (NY Times)

I followed her case closely and wrote about it three or four times on this blog. Her book, “Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir,” is a great read.


That’s the average price for a Super Bowl LIII ticket on the resale market. (WalletHub)

I checked StubHub late Wednesday night and the cheapest ticket was $2,517.


The earliest date a Super Bowl was played was on January 9, 1977. The Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14. (Pro Football Reference)

The latest date the game has been played is February 7 (twice).


That’s the percentage of people who think Super Bowl Monday should be a national holiday. (WalletHub)

Heck yes!


Today is the last day of my least favorite month, January!

I think this post on Facebook says it all…
January is the worst month – you’re fat and broke from the holidays, paler than ever, and you can’t feel your own face when you walk outside.


The New England Patriots are making their 11th appearance in the Super Bowl. They are 5-5. The Los Angeles Rams are making their 4th appearance. They are 1-2. (WalletHub)

I will make my expert prediction on Friday!


Former Denver Broncos QB John Elway has thrown the most interceptions in the Super Bowls with eight. (Pro Football Reference)

As a Chiefs fan, I never cared for Elway. He was a crybaby from the time he was drafted (refused to play for the Colts who drafted him) until he retired.



4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. chronic traumatic encephalopathy (sp?) C.T.E. If the super bowl was a sword fight you would be aghast.

    • John – I like to watch the Vikings on History channel so a sword fight would be fun! -Thanks, JmB

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