Thursday Numbers

Thinking positively isn’t about expecting the best to happen every time, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for this moment. – 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.

This week’s topics include tax revenues, new millionaires, unemployment, Brawl of the Wild, Ryan Zinke, Trump reelect poll, hate crimes, U.S. Postal Service, still counting votes, Chiefs vs. Rams, LeBron, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line. Don’t forget it. – Joe Biden

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 the individual mandate, Leonardo da Vinci, Griz scholarship money, unemployment, Brawl of the Wild, Roy Moore, Blake Shelton, U.S. Postal Service, UCLA basketball players, Malmstrom AFB, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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 on this week include Tschida vs. Motl, Bozeman Daily Chronicle & pay raises, Veterans Affairs & Whistleblowers & Tester, Montana’s suicide prevention program, Brawl of the Wild, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. – Harry S Truman

Today I take a look at Montana Lawmakers Pay Raise, Jon Tester, Trump on 60 Minutes, Brawl of the Wild, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell

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:

  • Billings Jewish Community
  • Jacob Bachmeier
  • Tribune’s Sunday Conversation
  • Brawl of the Wild

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Montana Grizzlies: Time to Restore the Roar

University of Montana athletic director, Kent Haslam, tells the Missoulian that he wants “to take as long as it takes to get the right person” to find a new football coach for the Montana Grizzlies.

The current head coach, Mick Delaney, announced his retirement last Sunday which is effective at the end of the season. Delaney should be given a royal send-off for keeping the Griz football program from sinking.

Maybe free season tickets for life or a new set of gold clubs – something really nice is in order. A win over Montana State in the Brawl of the Wild this Saturday would probably be a good parting gift.

A few years ago someone joked that with all the trouble players were getting into, the next Cat/Griz or Griz/Cat game should be played at the Montana State Prison. Delaney helped right the ship.

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Brawl of the Wild –Wrap-up

On Saturday me and many other Montanans (I am a first-generation Montanan) watched the 113th annual Brawl of the Wild football game between the Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats.

The old travel budget here at The Western Word is a little lean, so I had to watch it on television. The game was carried on a channel called “Root Sports” which “is the nation’s premier regional sports network providing a unique and special experience for local sports fans, sponsors, teams and media partners.”

They did a decent job, and it was televised in HD (Did you hear that Beartooth NBC?).

The announced attendance at the game in Bozeman, Montana, was 21,527.

The Grizzlies beat the Bobcats 28-14. The Griz were able to carry the (rather large) “Great Divide” trophy around Bobcat stadium to rub in the victory.

The headline about the game on the ESPN webpage is a little confusing, “Canada lifts Montana past Montana State 28-14.” Although some Montanans can see Canada from their kitchen window, they were talking about a player named Jordan Canada, who hails from California. They also have “Dallas, from Phoenix; Cleveland – he was from Detroit; and Tex…well, I don’t remember where Tex come from.” (Just kidding with that last sentence – it’s always good to place a Forrest Gump quote in a story.)

Like I wrote last Monday, if you are a politician then the “Brawl of the Wild” game is the place to be. You have to attend and shake hands with folks and wave a lot. You also have to act like you enjoy football – you have to be seen.

We have two political winners in that category who went above and beyond the call of duty and were interviewed by a sideline reporter for “Root Sports,” which I said earlier “is the nation’s premier regional sports network providing a unique and special experience for local sports fans, sponsors, teams and media partners.”

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