Thursday Numbers

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed. – Sylvia Plath

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 unemployment, Scouting for Food, Indianapolis 500, same-sex marriage, leaving home, Memorial Day, the NFL and the National Anthem, Sunday Night Football, Brett Favre, and much more!

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NFL 2015: My Predictions

Are you ready for some football? You still have time to purchase that new television! This is also a good time for my annual reminder to put new batteries in your remote control!

Please Note: I have written this column at a sixth grade level so Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers fans can understand it.

The NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game will be televised on NBC.

If you follow me on Twitter or read this blog very much, you know that I am a life-long Kansas City Chiefs fan. Last year we (Chiefs) missed the playoffs. I don’t know if head coach Andy Reid is the person to get the Chiefs to the promised land or not. Most folks, me included, don’t have the Chiefs making the playoffs this season. I think the Chiefs will be fortunate to get back to 9-7. Plus, the Chiefs gave up a home game to play in London. Freaking LONDON.

Now on to the predictions…

DISCLAIMER: I am a professional football watcher so be careful if you try this at home.

I have always been pretty bad at predicting who will win each division in the NFL, but in 2014 I did pick five of the six AFC playoff teams correctly. As for the NFC in 2014, I picked three of the six playoff teams correctly.

So I am feeling pretty good about this year’s predictions.

I did correctly pick last season’s Super Bowl winner – the New England Patriots.

So here goes – and this is not for the faint-hearted. I’ve read the stories, checked the schedules, read what the teams and the fans are saying and here are my predictions for the National Football League’s 2015 season:

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NFL: This is Crazy…

In the first (and my favorite) National Lampoon’s Vacation movie Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decided go skinny dipping in the hotel pool with the girl from the red Ferrari (Christie Brinkley). Just before Clark jumped in he said, “This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!”

That’s kind of what I was thinking about during the whole issue with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handing out a four game suspension to New England quarterback Tom Brady for “deflategate,” and then being the one who heard Brady’s appeal and upheld his own decision.

That kind of justice is bat-crap crazy and it hurts the NFL.

Back in May I wrote about New England Patriots quarterback Brady and his four-game suspension. I wrote about not being a fan of the New England Patriots, and that I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. I also added the part about my Chiefs beating the Patriots 41-14 during the past season, which was very sweet.

To put the Brady’s four-game suspension in perspective, Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was suspended four games for domestic violence. Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was suspended two games by the NFL for knocking his girlfriend unconscious in an elevator.

Goodell seems to have a problem determining the severity of his players’ actions.

By the way, Brett Favre was fined $50k for not cooperating with the NFL during the sexting probe. Brady’s punishment, if any, should have been about the same as Favre’s.

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Terrific News Tuesday

Everyone needs a little good news once in awhile. That’s all you’ll find in this edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

There’s no griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Horse Racing
  • Montana Cash
  • Brett Favre
  • Becky Hammon
  • John Kasich
  • Keith Olbermann

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Published in: on July 21, 2015 at 6:37 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another thrilling edition of “Thursday Numbers!” Are you ready?

Before we get started, please take off your mask; Halloween is next Thursday!

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” where have you been? This is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Zuckerberg, unemployment, SpongeBob, Cascade County (MT) Elections Department, Healhcare.gov, Texas high school football, legalizing marijuana, Brett Favre, Kansas City Chiefs & Denver Broncos, drunk driving, Mitt Romney’s new home, the final three F-15s, Dollar Menu, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Although the federal government shutdown continues, they can’t shut down another exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about veterans’ disability compensation, The Kelly File, new claims for unemployment, Fisher House, dark money initiative, health care, Who will blink first poll results, David Lee Roth, Brett Favre, Republicans’ unfavorable ratings, Democratic National Committee and the U.S. House, winless/unbeaten NFL teams, the Daines Diet, and much much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Wow.  It is the end of September. Where did it go?  To celebrate another month under our belt, I have written a special “end of the month edition” of Caught My Eye!  It is guaranteed to make your Friday go by just a little more quickly and get you started on your weekend.

Before we get started, I do want to remind you that you should wait a few weeks before wearing your Halloween mask.

Today we take a look at important stuff that happened on this date, a third party, fingers, Amanda Knox, opposition research, pot and guns, United Nations, debit card fees, my political inbox and much more – so read on… (more…)

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 8:13 am  Comments Off on Caught My Eye…  
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Thursday Numbers

Here we go – the NFL season kicks off tonight – so you know there will be some football-related “numbers” in this week’s column.  Each week I take a look at some of the numbers in the news and put them in one nice place for all to see.  This week I write about campaign donations, unemployment, Lambeau field, telephone calls, lost panties, NFL starts, 9/11, and much more.

There’s something for everyone, so read on… (more…)

Published in: on September 8, 2011 at 9:25 am  Comments Off on Thursday Numbers  
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Super Bowl: Final Thoughts

Football is over for the season and that’s just about as depressing as this day being Monday. The 32 teams came down to just two. Then one, the Green Bay Packers, were crowned Super Bowl Champions.

Maybe we’ll see more “Cheesehead Bras” being worn… great googly moogly!

In today’s column I break down all of Super Bowl Sunday from the pre-game shows to the commercials. Enjoy! (more…)

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 9:53 am  Comments Off on Super Bowl: Final Thoughts  
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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – you have made it to another Friday and another edition of “Caught My Eye.” These are the stories and e-mails that I took a look at this week, but did not have time to write about.

By the way, I make my predictions for the Super Bowl at the end. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy… (more…)