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

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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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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

NFL: Final Predictions

NFL Football Fans: I know what you’ve been going through and the long wait is almost over, so rest easy. We’ve suffered since the final gun sounded at the Super Bowl. Then we patiently waited for the draft. We watched the draft to help us prepare for the long dry spell between draft day and the opening of training camps.

We’ve talked to friends about football; we checked our team’s website for any news. We looked up information on the draft picks. We read the paper and searched the internet to see if there had been any trades.

Yes, we’ve all been hurting for some NFL football – I hear you.

We watched some of the NBA playoffs and caught a baseball game or two. Nothing took the place of any NFL game. We are hurting. I know how you feel, my friend.

We are all undefeated and we dream of the playoffs…and the Super Bowl!

Getting Prepared for the NFL Season:

So now it’s time to make sure you have your house in order. Get those chores done now, don’t wait. You don’t want to be working on a project – you want to be sitting in your La-Z-Boy chair, drinking a cold one, eating some ribs or brats, and watching the games. So make sure your favorite chair is in front of the TV (like you are the king), and check that the TV is ready (is it time to get that new one, you know the 46 inch one?). Make sure the surround sound is working.

Check to see if the little things are in order, like ensuring the remote has new batteries and that the lighting is perfect and does not cast a glare on the TV. These should be on your pre-game checklist. You should read TV listings to ensure you know what channels the games are on so you can surf back and forth between games. Maybe it’s time you and the little wife subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket? The school clothes for the kids can wait, huh?

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The AFC West

As we approach the 2010 NFL Season, I will be taking a look at each division and making my predictions. Before I get started there’s one thing that looms on the horizon and that is a possible lockout or strike in 2011. If you don’t understand what the problem is with the NFL that could lead to a strike or lockout, take a look at this article as it explains it pretty well.

If a strike or lockout happens and part or all of a season is missed, it would kill the NFL for a few years.

Today I look at the AFC West : Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the San Diego Chargers.

As many readers know, I am a diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan. It’s been a tough few years for me, watching my team win no more than four games a year from 2007-2009.

Couple that with my hatred of the Chargers, Raiders, and Broncos and it has been a tough few years. Continue reading