Thursday Numbers

The most damaging phrase in our language is ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ – Grace Murray Hopper

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Greg Gianforte’s fundraising, unemployment, squirrel problems, impeachment poll, Bronze Star, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, friends, city of St. Louis is #1, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. – Walt Whitman

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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.

This week’s topics include Great Falls & the power business, Glacier National Park & fire, Tom Brady, a path to citizenship, Boehner & McConnell, Sanders/Clinton & New Hampshire, Trump/Carson & Iowa, powerful women staffers, approval ratings, Kansas City Royals, Downpour Music Festival, and much more!

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2014 World Series: Let’s Go Royals!

Note:  This column has been updated with the new video from MLB about the Royals being back in the World Series.  Check it out at the end of this column!

You may have heard this somewhere, but it’s been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals won the 1985 World Series and, ironically, that was the last year they made the playoffs.

For some reason in 2014 it has all come together at the right time for the Royals. The 2014 World Series starts tonight in Kansas City.

I am a native Missourian (I don’t know how many generations I am because we don’t make a big deal out of it). I root for the professional teams on the west side of the state:  the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.

In 1985, I was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, just about 65 miles away from Royals Stadium, on Sunday, October 27, when the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0 to win game seven of the World Series. I still have game seven on a VHS tape – but I no longer have a VCR.

Here’s what the Kansas City Star looked like on Monday, October 28, 1985:

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K.C. Royals: Glory Days Return!

The Kansas City Royals are in the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs – for the first time since 1985!

As a fan from the Kansas City side of Missouri, I have fond memories of the 1985 World Series win against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was tough just getting to the World Series.

I remember the Royals being beaten by the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series in 1976, 1977, and 1978. Those were heartbreaking losses.

In 1980, I was in Kansas City’s famed Kemper Arena watching an Elton John concert when Sir Elton announced that the Royals were heading to the World Series. The game was being played at Yankee Stadium. That game is when George Brett pounded a Goose Gossage pitch into the upper deck for a three-run homer to seal the win for the Royals. After the concert it seemed everyone headed to the Plaza area in Kansas City to celebrate. It was a party.

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Thursday Numbers

Congratulations!  You’ve almost got another week under your belt and to help you make it through another Thursday I bring you my “Thursday Numbers” column!

Rest easy – Friday is only a day away…

In case you are a new visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is a look at some of the numbers in the news recently – which are often presented with commentary or sarcasm or both!

This week I take a look at food stamps, views of YouTube videos, unemployment, income taxes, book purchases, jobs being eliminated, NASCAR, Baseball, the Governor’s trip, a “deadly” gas drive-off, and much more!  So to be in the know, please read on… Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

Here we go – another Thursday is upon us and that means we’ve just about got this week handled!  Congratulations for making it this far!

“Thursday Numbers” is a look at some of the numbers in the news recently and often they are presented with a little commentary.

This week I take a look at the World Series teams, federal workers, unemployment, signatures for constitutional initiatives, a video, stamps, a couple of birthdays, likes of Occupy Montana, and much more, so read on… Continue reading

Opening Day!!!!

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone – the sun came out today!  We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. 

A-roundin’ third, and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man; Anyone can understand the way I feel.

–”Centerfield” by John Fogerty

Here we go…the Major League Baseball (MLB) season starts today. Are you excited? You can almost smell the freshly-cut grass from the fields, right? It means that spring is here and summer is not far behind.

Every team is equal today – with dreams of the World Series dancing through their heads! 12 teams hit the fields today to get season started. Continue reading