The Monday Memo: Daines, Drake & MTLeg, WH COS, & Football

It’s okay if you don’t like me. Not everyone has good taste. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Daines, Drake & MTLeg
  • White House Chief of Staff
  • FCS Playoffs
  • NFL Playoffs

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Tester, Trump & Bush 41, & FCS Playoffs

Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path. –Anonymous

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Tester’s Big Announcement
  • Trump & Bush 41
  • FCS Playoffs

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The Monday Memo: Trump, McRaven, & Football

**Posting may be a little lighter this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday**

One of the best gifts you can give someone is a genuine thank you for being in your life. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Retired Admiral Bill McRaven
  • Self-Grading
  • Football
  • One More Thing

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Politics & Football

If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score? – Vince Lombardi

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Greg Gianforte
  • Brawl of the Wild
  • Montana High School Playoffs
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

Today I take a look at REAL ID, Dakota Access Pipeline, College Football, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!

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ESPN: C’Mon Man!

There are 24 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) (Division I-AA) teams that will play for a national championship. The champion in this division is actually decided on the field. The games start this Saturday, November 30, and the championship game is set for January 4.

The Big Sky Conference has four teams in playoffs: Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Montana, and Southern Utah.

That was the good news.

It looks like most of games are scheduled to be carried on ESPN3, which severely limits who can view the games. Here in Montana, my cable companies (Bresnan – Optimum – Charter) have changed so much who knows if I can even access ESPN3.

The same situation happened back in 2011. Fans across the nation banded together, and ESPN put the games on pay-per-view, which was a nice compromise. I wrote about that situation HERE and HERE.

They need to at least do that again.

If you are a football fan, you need to get involved. Here’s how:

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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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