Happiness is not about getting all you want, it is about enjoying all you have. – Unknown
Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Montana vs. Michigan
- MTN – Gianforte’s ‘domino effect’
- Montana Tavern Association
- Sports Gambling
- One More Thing
Montana vs. Michigan:
There are 68 teams in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. About 55 of them have no chance of winning the championship. The University of Montana Grizzlies are one of the teams that have no chance in hell of winning the whole thing. The University of Michigan is one of the teams that have a chance of winning the whole thing.
FINAL: Michigan 74, Montana 55. (ESPN)
Each half is 20 minutes. Montana did not get into double digits until there were six minutes left in the first half. I watched the game until the second half when Michigan was up by about 20.
Teams like Michigan are on a different level. Think football. The Wolverines would roll over the Griz on most, if not all, Saturdays during football season. They are in a different division in football; they should be for basketball, too.
Sure there are upsets in the tournament, but is it worth loading up the plane and heading to the middle of freaking Iowa to get your ass kicked and be embarrassed in front of the national TNT audience? No matter how the fans and coaches spin it, that is what happened. This is not the Big Sky Conference.
Of those 68 teams, 67 of them will end their season with a loss. Some losses will be more embarrassing than others.
MTN – Gianforte’s ‘domino effect’
MTN News did a story this week about what would happen if Montana’s only member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Greg Gianforte, decided to run for Montana Governor.
MTN reported about all the possibilities of having an open U.S. House race and who might run for which office. It was called a “domino effect.”
One thing that would happen for sure if Gianforte runs for Governor is he would not get my vote. I’m tired of people like Gianforte and Steve Daines screwing over the people of Montana because of their egos. Daines was in the U.S. House and then ran for U.S. Senate and cost Montana seniority in the House. The same will happen if Gianforte runs for governor.
Matt Rosendale ran for Senate while holding the State Auditor job. He lost. Cory Stapleton is Secretary of State and he’s running for Governor. They also have egos that most Montanans find disgusting.
Montana needs seniority and stability in their elected officials. We need to trust that they will stay in their elected positions and not campaign for another office while serving in a different one. Sure it’s legal, but it’s not right.
One of these days the Montana Democrats may nominate someone to run for U.S. House who will win the contest and stay in the seat for a few terms. Watch out.
Montana Tavern Association:
Maybe the Montana Tavern Association (MTA) should be called the No Fun Association. They are a powerful lobby in the Montana Legislature. It seems that many Montana legislators are afraid of them. Cluck cluck.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that administrators, staff, and residents of Montana retirement communities asked the Legislature Thursday to allow their facilities to be licensed to serve alcohol to residents and their guests as part of the increasing services retirees expect.
Sounds like a good thing to me. Besides, the way the state controls who can and cannot sell alcohol is archaic. This is 2019, not 1933. The whole system in Montana is a joke.
Hold the presses – the No Fun Association (MTA) chimed in about the old people with the AP reporting that they opposed the bill arguing that residents of retirement communities can already have alcohol in their rooms and bring it to dining areas.
I guess the MTA wants a bunch of old people out on the roads or using their walkers to head to the closest liquor store to buy their favorite booze.
Shame on the Montana Tavern Association for being asses.
The Associated Press (AP) reported this week that a Montana legislative committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill to legalize betting on college and professional sporting events as long as it’s done in bars with full liquor licenses.
The kicker is the AP also reported that the bill which was drafted in consultation with the state Department of Justice, companies that provide gambling machines to casinos, and the Montana Tavern Association.
I guess we don’t have legislators smart enough to draft a bill.
Montana keeps dipping their toe in the water in regard to gambling. They should just go all the way instead of stopping at third base. They should allow sports gambling via the internet/smartphones from the comfort of one’s own home. The legislature should keep the Montana Tavern Association from ruining something that could be very lucrative for the state.
One More Thing:
From my Twitter account (@TheWesternWord):
Thinking any day now Montanans will hear from @SteveDaines and @GregForMontana or at least the #mtleg condemning @realDonaldTrump for his attack on the late John McCain. McCain came to Montana to campaign for GOP candidates often. #mtpol
Another popular one from my Twitter account:
Hey @realDonaldTrump – you will never win a fight with a dead man. #McCain #Patriot