The Monday Memo

I’ve decided not to have kids. The kids are taking it pretty hard. –Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Trump & Army/Navy Game
  • Stapleton & Israel
  • Bobcats & Grizzlies
  • One More Thing


It was great to see President Donald Trump attend the annual Army/Navy football on Saturday. When he was introduced he received a round of applause mostly like other Presidents received when they attended the game.

Trump took part in the coin toss. He wore a red “Keep America Great” hat that can be purchased from his campaign website. While many people don’t understand campaign rules, wearing a campaign hat to an official event crosses the line.

Many supporters like that Trump breaks the rules. He’s broken a lot of rules, not to mention he constantly lies. That’s part of the reason he will be impeached this week.

Other than Army beating Navy 31-7, there were reports, like this one from NBC News that military officials said they are looking into what appeared to be white supremacist hand signs made by students before the Army-Navy football game on Saturday.

NBC also reported that pregame festivities aired by ESPN showed cadets on both sides of the rivalry — two West Point cadets and one Naval Academy midshipman — making gestures as a camera focused on a sideline report from journalist Rece Davis.


Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton (R) sent an email telling subscribers that he was traveling to Israel this week with several other Secretaries of State from our country.

Stapleton says he is looking forward to learning about Israel’s elections, institutions, governing and people.

Stapleton is currently a candidate for Montana’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He previously was a candidate for Governor.

I’m not sure who is paying for his trip to Israel. I hope it is not Montana taxpayers.


Both of Montana’s FCS football teams played Friday night. The Montana State Bobcats moved on to the semifinals with a 24-10 victory over Austin Peay. There were 14,017 attending the game in Bozeman. The stadium holds about 18,000.

Sadly, the Montana Grizzlies lost to Weber State 17-10. The Grizzly quarterback threw five interceptions and that pretty much sealed the game for Weber State.

Two weeks ago in a poll from The Western Word, readers said that the Bobcats would go further than the Grizzlies in the playoffs. They were right!

#5 Montana State will play #1 seed North Dakota State Saturday at noon in Fargo, North Dakota. It will be televised on ESPN2. The second seed, James Madison, plays #3 Weber State at 4:30 p.m. in Harrisburg, Virginia. That game is on ESPNU. (Bracket)

I think the Bobcats can give North Dakota State a run for their money. They just need to keep it close until the second half.

The FCS National Championship game is January 11.


The college football bowl season starts on Friday! Check out the schedule HERE.



5 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

  1. I’m guessing Dennis means we beat Weber State, not Sac State, as Sac clobbered the Griz by 27. Also, while we did beat Weber, it was by 19 not 29. Our defense played great Saturday, wish we had seen Humphrey come in.

  2. Many of us die hard Grizzly fans are questioning why Head Coach Bobby Hauck
    didn’t pull Quarterback Sneed after 3 interceptions and numerous sacks. I don’t think the back up quarterback could of done worse. My goodness we beat Sac. State month ago by 29 points. Our defense kept us in the game. They were outstanding. I believe the Bobcats can give North Dakota State run for their money as Bison struggled in last two games.

      • Yes wrong on those points

        Still mad about clouded my facts
        But what is little thing like facts now days. Sorry abot

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