About Jackie M. (Mike) Brown

CONTACT: Western_Word@Yahoo.com I am a military veteran who honorably served my country in different parts of the world with the last stop being in Montana. I am a husband, a father, and I attend church regularly. I am also a college graduate, and I have worked and volunteered on several political campaigns (local, state, national). I have also been employed in various government positions (city, state and federal) as well as in the private sector. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, reading a good book, writing, and enjoying a fine glass of wine while visiting with friends around the fire.

Thursday Numbers

Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game. – Babe Ruth

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include the Powerball lottery, Trump’s golf hobby, unemployment claims, impeachment trial witnesses, Mizzou basketball, Roe v. Wade, Trump’s job approval, Senate Impeachment Trial, Zion Williamson, a blistering rebuke, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read

Society has become so fake that the truth actually bothers people. ― Chanda Kaushik

These topics caught my attention in the last few days:

  • The Impeachment Trial
  • Republican Gubernatorial Debate
  • One More Thing

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. – Vince Lombardi

Chiefs, Chiefs, CHIEFS!

Back when I was about 10 years old growing up in the town of Mill Grove, Missouri, I would play football in my parents’ garden after they had plowed and disk it for the winter. I could dive for the ball and not get injured in the soft dirt.

The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV on January 11, 1970, when I was 10. The Chiefs beat the Vikings 23-7. Yes, that was a long time ago.

In my play by play in the garden, I would be Lenny Dawson throwing a deep pass to Otis Taylor. Many times Dawson would hand the ball off to the running backs Mike Garrett or Ed Podolak and they would scamper for a touchdown. When the offense sputtered, coach Hank Stram would call on Jan Stenerud to kick a field goal.

Later on, I received a football helmet and shoulder pads for Christmas or my birthday and I practiced being Willie Lanier or Buck Buchanan. I would dive headfirst into my grandmother’s lilac bush like I was tackling someone. It left some cool marks on my helmet!

As an adult, I was in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium for several games braving the cold and wind to cheer on my Chiefs. We never made it to the Promised Land.

I know there are other teams who have never played in the championship. There are teams that have played in several Super Bowls and never won (Buffalo, Minnesota). As a life-long Chiefs fan, I have gone through years where I had hope only to be disappointed. As I grew older I just rolled with the punches, but last year we were so close that one offside call cost us a trip to the Super Bowl.

I just hoped that they would make it back to the Super Bowl while I was still living and could share the excitement with my family and friends.

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Caught My Eye…

I do all my own stunts, but never intentionally. -Unknown

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! Caught My Eye (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:

  • Impeachment Trial
  • Souvenir Pens
  • AFC/NFC Poll Results
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

I am as swift as a gazelle. An old one. With arthritis. Run over by a Land Rover. Eight days ago. – Unknown

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include the Powerball lottery, unemployment, lobbyists in Washington, Montana Legislature, Delta Air Lines Flight 89, Bernie & Elizabeth, the impeachment walk, NFL playoffs, climate conditions, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read

I spend a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open looking for answers. – Unknown

These topics caught my attention in the last few days:

  • Montana Lottery & Sports Betting
  • Marijuana Legalization
  • Commissioner Joe Briggs
  • Major League Baseball
  • One More Thing

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TWW Poll: NFC Championship

This Sunday the Green Bay Packers travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers for the NFC Championship. The game will be televised on Fox and it starts at 6:40 ET.

Who do you think will win, the Packers or the 49ers?

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