Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. Friday is in our headlights so hang on…

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 sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about the Super Bowl, Ronald Read, unemployment, Obamacare, major Montana newspapers & Twitter followers, concealed weapons on college campuses, Stress in America, Bullock fundraiser, Republican & Democratic-leaning states, Anti-Bully Law, Grammy Awards, rock songs, Montana judges, the NFL & Marshawn Lynch, and much more!

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Super Bowl Wrap: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24

Welcome to Monday and Groundhog Day 2015!

The best part of Super Bowl XLIX was the actual game. If you are a football fan and don’t normally root for the Patriots or the Seahawks you saw one of the most thrilling Super Bowl games of all time. Trust me – they are not all like that.

If you are a Patriots fan, congratulations, your team has won four titles. Your coach and quarterback can be included in all the “best ever” lists.

For Seahawks fans, it was not a nightmare, the heartbreaking loss actually happened. For many Seahawks fans, the game will probably be a lot like the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray relives the same day over and over.

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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – it’s Friday and there are only two days left in January!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Tester/Daines & amendments, Montana Democrats & PACs & Zinke, State of the State speech & the Montana Republicans, Montana VA & Tester, shame on the Great Falls Tribune, Montana’s best political reporters, Marshawn Lynch, plus there’s a Super Bowl poll!

Reminder: Everything and everyone is fair game. Grab your coffee and buckle up…

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Super Bowl Media Day

I try to catch at least part of the Super Bowl Media Day each year. The players and coaches get some different or unique questions thrown at them. We often see a personal side of these people that we don’t normally get to see.

It cost $28.50 just to get inside the US Airways Center to watch Media Day – and fans had to sit in the stands and observe.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady handled it well as did Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. So did Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked, “What kind of stuffed animals do you like” by a young reporter. Belichick actually cracked a smile and said he liked a puppet. He added, “You can kind of put your fingers in. It’s a little monkey and then he can talk and move his fingers and nod his head, so he can kind of talk back to you.” (Source)

Suddenly Belichick seemed human and for just a second people imagined him on the floor in his child’s bedroom playing with stuffed animals – and maybe laughing.

Then there was Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch repeated 29 times variations of the line, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” He left after about five minutes. (Source) Each team was required to be there for one hour.

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