Thursday Numbers

Honesty has a power very few people can handle. — 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 Mega Millions lottery, MLB pitcher Gerrit Cole, Greg Gianforte, unemployment claims, Lawrence VanDyke, FCS football quarterfinals, college basketball, Kansas City Chiefs & the AFC West, plus much more!

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The Monday Memo

Look in the mirror and you’ll see your only competition. –Unknown

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

  • Trump & Toilets
  • Bobcats & Grizzlies
  • College Football Playoffs
  • College Football Bowl Schedule
  • One More Thing

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2011 NFL Predictions: The American Football Conference

Growing up a Kansas City Chiefs fan let me have just a little excitement when Lenny Dawson led them to a Super Bowl victory way back in January 1970 – of course there were the “Marty Years” (1989-1998) in which we won a lot of games, put fans in the seats, but did not get to the Promised Land.  Last year there was some joy – the Chiefs contended and made the playoffs.

I guess the only big question left to be answered is which will come first: another Chiefs Super Bowl victory or my death?  This year the Chiefs reap the benefits of being the 2010 AFC West Champions – three primetime night games – and a much tougher schedule!

The AFC is where my heart is and my team is the Kansas City Chiefs. That will never change!  So this year I start off with my predictions for the American Football Conference.

Here’s hoping your team has a great year and you have something to talk about after Christmas…like the playoffs!  Continue reading

“…and the home of the…

…Chiefs…Chiefs…CHIEFS.”

As an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, this season has exceeded my expectations. If we go no further than the first round of the playoffs, then it has been a great season.

Ok, those last two lines were just a little bit too nice.

Try this: Take that Chargers, Broncos and Raiders – your seasons end on Sunday and we get to play at least one more game – we get some of the limelight! We are in the big show and you aren’t.

Take that you dipsticks on ESPN and the NFL Network who talk down about the Chiefs – the Kansas City Chiefs are AFC West Champions! The AFC West Champions shirts and hats are printed and they say “Kansas City Chiefs” on them. Eat that for breakfast…

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Just Football…

There are lots of big games coming up this next weekend for your viewing pleasure and much to talk about from last weekend’s game.

College Football Playoffs

Yes, there are playoffs at every level of College Football except the major college level. It’s nice to see National Champions decided through a playoff system instead of on paper!

Eastern Washington:

Congrats to the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Eagles team! They beat North Dakota State University (NDSU) last Saturday to head to the semi-finals. NDSU had beaten the Montana State Bobcats in the playoffs. EWU will host Villanova on Friday night in a semifinal game. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

The bad news is that EWU’s outstanding all America running back Taiwan Jones has a fractured foot and is not expected to play Friday night. Jones carried the ball 20 times for 230 yards against NDSU.

Carroll College:

Montana’s best college football team, the Carroll College Fighting Saints, are once again playing for the NAIA National Championship. They will play Saturday against Sioux Falls (SD) in Rome, Georgia. According to this article, the game starts at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) and will be broadcast on CBS College Sports.

Hopefully the local CBS stations or some local station will broadcast it for all of Montana to see.

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Caught My Eye…

It’s the Christmas season! Merry Christmas to all my faithful readers!  Here at The Western Word I have been busy getting ready for the Christmas program (I’m a choir member) and decorating around the house. Christmas music is being played at my house and I won’t let scrooge get me down this year…even though I have not been invited to the White House Christmas party…

This week I write about some things that “Caught My Eye” and that I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I add just a little sarcasm…

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Believe?

If you were picking which teams would be undefeated after three weeks in the American Football Conference (AFC), you probably would not have picked the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

In the National Football Conference (NFC), you probably would not have picked the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. They play each other tonight.

While being undefeated this early in the season is noteworthy, it does not mean a team is playoff bound: Remember the 2009 Denver Broncos (started 6-0 and ended 8-8).

So, this is not a column to declare that the Steelers and the Chiefs will meet in the AFC Championship game. It’s a long season. Continue reading