Last month LSU beat down Clemson to win its fourth NCAA football national championship 42-17. LSU played mistake free football. It was Clemson, the defending national champions, that got penalties that kept LSU drives alive and helped change the momentum. LSU also got some controversial calls at key times that kept drives alive and vexed Clemson’s defense.
Louisiana is talent-rich and the citizens have chafed at having to play second fiddle to Alabama all these years. The team had athletes on offense and defense, put several players in the NFL, but lacked a quarterback. Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow changed all that with a performance for the ages. Sports Illustrated called Burrow The GOAT:
When it comes time to write the story of the 2019 college football season, we will not just start with Joe Burrow. We will ask Burrow to write it. He will be quick, he will be absurdly accurate, he will make sure a whole bunch of people get involved, he will explain what his coach actually said, and he will finish with a flourish.
LSU is your national champion, the best team playing its best football at the best time, thanks mostly to the nation’s best player. Burrow was great when his team wasn’t, then great when it was. He ended the night with 31 completions (in 49 attempts), 463 yards, five touchdowns and one fat, lit stogie dangling from his mouth. His coach, Ed Orgeron, warned him, “Take it easy on that see-gar, boy,” as though Burrow might drop it and burn his leg off or something. The guy just spent four months setting college football on fire. He can handle one cigar.
Burrow will go down in the annals of LSU football. What a magical season, but GOAT? That moniker will belong to Teva’s Kare Schulz after Teva negotiates a settlement of its opioid liabilities. The opioid epidemic dominates the public discourse. The question remains, “What can be done about it?” The number of accidental deaths related to opioids and the number of people addicted to them have been on the rise. Some believe such accidental deaths are driven by the proliferation of opioid prescriptions. Between 1991 and 2011, opioid prescriptions supplied by retail pharmacies increased from 76 million to 219 million – a 5.4% CAGR. Several state attorneys general believe drug makers have, in certain instances, fraudulently misrepresented the serious side effects of opioid use.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, about 400,000 people died from drug overdose deaths involving opioids from 1999 to 2017. Thousands of communities across the country have been ravaged by the opioid crisis. Communities are suing for runaway costs related to first responders, hospitals and public services allegedly caused by the opioid crisis. A few months ago Judge Dan A. Polster appointed lead council for a proposed global opioid settlement. Lead counsel, plaintiffs and defendants have moved with all godspeed. Teva CEO Kare Schultz is cautiously optimistic on an opioid deal. New information implies an opioid deal is gaining traction. Read more: