Thursday Numbers

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. – Harry S Truman

It’s the last day of June – summer just got real!

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 Mega Millions, Andrew Luck, preparedness funding, campaign funding, unemployment, beer, American airstrike, drunkest cities, Barry Beach, most patriotic states, Michael Phelps, 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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A Man Named Brady…

First off, I am not a fan of the New England Patriots. I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. In the fourth week of last season, my Chiefs beat the Patriots 41-14. It was very sweet.

With that out of the way, I believe Tom Brady should not have been given a four-game suspension by the NFL for the “deflategate” incident. At the end of this column, you’ll be given the chance to take a poll to give your view.

I was pretty amazed at the suspension, but I was also amazed at the coverage of the punishment by the media. It bordered on ridiculous. ESPN pre-empted their regular coverage and basically spiked the ball in celebration about the punishment given to Brady, and the one million dollar fine and loss of draft picks given to the Patriots organization. No wonder ESPN is starting to flounder in the sports world.

Then we had the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Was their lead story the tornadoes tearing through the Midwest or the death toll linked to General Motor’s defective ignition switches reaching 100? Nope, it was Tom Brady being suspended by the NFL.

It was broadcast journalism near its worst.

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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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Just Football…

Although this column is called “Just Football” did you know that on this date in 1998, and after playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees.  Now you can impress your friends today…

It kind of reminds me of Forrest Gump running – he ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours and then he said, “I’m pretty tired…I think I’ll go home now.”

OK, anyway, today I write about NFL surprises and disappointments, picking the winners, Tony Gonzalez and the Falcons, looking ahead, college football realignment, the Big Sky Conference and more! (more…)

Published in: on September 20, 2011 at 8:39 am  Comments Off on Just Football…  
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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!  (more…)

Just Football…

So how did you do in your football picks this season? In the Sirius Satellite Radio’s Pigskin Pick ‘em, I finished 1315 out of 10,204 players, which was terrible. Oh well, maybe I can win a pizza from the Papa John’s contest during the playoffs…

So now the football games we’ll get to see have a little more meaning. We have the NFL’s wildcard weekend and a couple of big college games coming up. This weekend is going to be a good one for football fans!

A Real National Champion…

To get us football fans started this weekend this Friday afternoon/night we’ll get to see a real National Champion crowned as Eastern Washington University (EWU) (12-2) plays Delaware (12-2) for the FCS National Championship. That game is set to be televised on ESPN2 at 5:00 p.m. Montana time. The game is played in Frisco, Texas (close to Dallas-Fort Worth).

It seems like forever ago when these teams played in the semi-finals. Eastern last played December 17 and Delaware played December 18. EWU played in the semifinals without All-American running back Taiwan Jones because of a broken foot and word is that Jones will not play Friday night.

I still like EWU’s chances in this game.

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Believe?

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. (more…)

Published in: on September 27, 2010 at 7:50 am  Comments Off on Believe?  
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