The Wednesday Read: Daines, Trump, Biden, & the Packers

Pretty words aren’t always true and true words aren’t always pretty. – Anonymous

Today’s topics include:

  • Daines & Afghanistan
  • Trump Campaign Travels
  • Biden in Montana
  • Green Bay Packers

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Thursday Numbers

Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are. – John W. Gardner

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include World Series viewers, the Royals parade, unemployment, the garbage man, Griz/Cats/Saints & playoffs, area code, Packers & Broncos, election results, Jeb Bush, the undefeated, 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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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

It’s Thursday and the Super Bowl is this Sunday – is this a great country or what?

Notice: Some of today’s numbers may enable you to seem knowledgeable about the Super Bowl at your Super Bowl party.

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about all things Super Bowl (winners, pay, MVPs, most wins & loses, players), TracFone, Apple’s money, State of the State speech, the most popular & hated NFL teams, marijuana, unemployment, Friendship Nine, and much more!

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Playoffs…PLAYOFFS?

For many people the fact that your NFL team’s season is over won’t set in until next week when your team is not playing.

For twelve teams, the journey continues.

The Patriots, Broncos, Steelers, Colts, Bengals, and Ravens made the playoffs for the AFC. The Seahawks, Packers, Cowboys, Panthers, Cardinals, and Lions made the playoffs for the NFC.

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NFL 2014: My Predictions

Are you ready for some football? The NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers. One of these teams will play in the Super Bowl – read on to find out which team I pick.

Unfortunately, the Thursday game will be televised on KBGF (NBC in Great Falls) which is an analog low power television station. The only time I watch the local NBC station is when football is on because the picture is terrible.

If you follow me on Twitter or read this blog very much, you know that I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Last year we (Chiefs) made the playoffs – and we blew a 28 point lead in the second half against the Colts. So, that makes me wonder if it’s better to not make the playoffs instead of getting in and losing like that. Discuss amongst yourselves. I am still hurting.

There is a ray of sunshine. The Great Falls (MT) Tribune Sports Editor, Scott Mansch, picked the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers to play in the Super Bowl – I hope he was not referring to Super Bowl I.

I have always been pretty bad at predicting who will win each division in the NFL. The last time I picked the division winners was for the 2011 season. There are eight divisions in the NFL. For the 2011 season I picked the winners in just three divisions.

So here goes – 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 2014 season:

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TWW Poll: Super Bowl

The Western Word (TWW) poll asks: Which one of the remaining NFL playoff teams will win Super Bowl XLVII?

Click on “Continue Reading” to take the poll.

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Published in: on January 9, 2013 at 11:38 am  Comments Off on TWW Poll: Super Bowl  
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Thursday Numbers

Oh yes – we’ve made it to the last Thursday of September – Congrats!

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read “Thursday Numbers.” This is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

NOTICE: If you read this column you will probably gain knowledge not found on other websites! You may be able to use this information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. The information might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about the Postal Service, unemployment, Jacks who are registered to vote, the NFL, calling voters, massive retweets, first debate, remote location, party schools, miles driven, a couple of classic rock birthdays, campaign-related calls, job approval rating, surcharges, and much more!

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Published in: on September 27, 2012 at 7:58 am  Comments Off on Thursday Numbers  
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“Golden Tate 24 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson”

The Green Bay Packers played a horrible game (especially in the first half), but appeared they would pull out a close win against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

Until the last play.

The official scoring summary will read “Golden Tate 24 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick).”

Final: Seahawks 14, Packers 12.

What happened on that scoring play was that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate pushed a Green Bay defender out of the way and wrestled with safety M.D. Jennings for the ball. Seattle was awarded a touchdown on the final play. With that touchdown, the hatred for replacement referees peaked (especially in Cheesehead world).

Both players had their hands on the ball and Jennings looked like he had the most control with two hands on the ball. The consensus around the country is that it was an interception and not a touchdown and that it was a terrible call.

Of course, the closest referee looking down at the players on the ground had a better angle for the play. After seeing most of the replays, I did not see a replay where one could see the ball through the whole play. Mike Tirico calling the game for ESPN said the catch was “simultaneous.” (more…)

Published in: on September 25, 2012 at 8:21 am  Comments (1)  
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