TWW Poll: World Series

The 2017 World Series begins Tuesday night. It’s the Los Angeles Dodgers from the National League and the Houston Astros from the American League.

Which team will win? Take The Western Word poll!

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Published in: on October 23, 2017 at 9:49 am  Comments (1)  
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Caught My Eye…

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. – Charles de Gaulle

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Trump & Obamacare, Gianforte’s Mugshot, Life is a Highway (Sign), Eminem’s Freestyle, Trump & Weinstein, ALCS/NLCS, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal

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.

This week’s topics include Senate and House fundraising, Glacier National Park, unemployment, the VP’s trip, High Tech Job Summit, Thursday Numbers, Keystone XL Pipeline protests, Trump & nukes, playoff baseball, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here are the stories that caught my attention for this week’s TNT column:

  • Primary Election Day
  • Rain, Rain, Snow?
  • Beth Mowins
  • Great Falls Voyagers
  • Griz Remain Positive

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Published in: on September 12, 2017 at 5:20 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Terrific News Tuesday

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. – Arnold H. Glasow

Hey kids – it’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Great Falls Public Schools
  • Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks
  • Thank-You Party
  • Virginia McLaurin
  • Spring Training

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down. – Wilson Mizner

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Great Falls Election Results
  • Daines Endorses Rubio
  • Chemtrails
  • Anonymous & KKK
  • The Parade
  • College Football Playoffs

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Kansas City Royals: Crowned!

IMG_20151015_104041 (1)Baseball can be so cruel to players and fans. In the seventh game of the 2014 World Series (last year), the Kansas City Royals left the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth. The game was being played in Kansas City. Royals’ fans around the world watched as the San Francisco Giants celebrated their world championship on our field and in our city.

Fast-forward one year and the Royals were back in the series and on a mission. Up three games to one on the New York Mets, the Mets were just about to win game five and send it back to Kansas City for games six and seven. Mets fans had to be feeling pretty cocky.

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had pitched a jewel – his team was ahead 2-0 going into the ninth. Harvey wanted to finish off what he started and convinced his manager, Terry Collins, to let him pitch the ninth inning.

It seems the Royals had the Mets right where they wanted them. Earlier in the playoffs, the Houston Astros had the Royals on the ropes – just six outs from being eliminated, but the Royals prevailed.

Collins let Harvey pitch and the move may haunt the Mets forever. The final was Royals 7, Mets 2. It was a 12 inning game, and a classic in-your-face comeback that the country had come to expect from the Royals.

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Published in: on November 2, 2015 at 6:21 am  Comments Off on Kansas City Royals: Crowned!  
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Terrific News Tuesday

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. – Mother Teresa

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news – there’s no complaining or criticizing today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Vietnam Voices
  • Hello Kalispell
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Yahoo & NFL
  • World Series & Royals

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Published in: on October 27, 2015 at 6:28 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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2014 World Series: Let’s Go Royals!

Note:  This column has been updated with the new video from MLB about the Royals being back in the World Series.  Check it out at the end of this column!

You may have heard this somewhere, but it’s been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals won the 1985 World Series and, ironically, that was the last year they made the playoffs.

For some reason in 2014 it has all come together at the right time for the Royals. The 2014 World Series starts tonight in Kansas City.

I am a native Missourian (I don’t know how many generations I am because we don’t make a big deal out of it). I root for the professional teams on the west side of the state:  the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.

In 1985, I was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, just about 65 miles away from Royals Stadium, on Sunday, October 27, when the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0 to win game seven of the World Series. I still have game seven on a VHS tape – but I no longer have a VCR.

Here’s what the Kansas City Star looked like on Monday, October 28, 1985:

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K.C. Royals: Glory Days Return!

The Kansas City Royals are in the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs – for the first time since 1985!

As a fan from the Kansas City side of Missouri, I have fond memories of the 1985 World Series win against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was tough just getting to the World Series.

I remember the Royals being beaten by the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series in 1976, 1977, and 1978. Those were heartbreaking losses.

In 1980, I was in Kansas City’s famed Kemper Arena watching an Elton John concert when Sir Elton announced that the Royals were heading to the World Series. The game was being played at Yankee Stadium. That game is when George Brett pounded a Goose Gossage pitch into the upper deck for a three-run homer to seal the win for the Royals. After the concert it seemed everyone headed to the Plaza area in Kansas City to celebrate. It was a party.

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