LSU football already faced an uphill battle against Alabama on Nov. 3, when both teams return from bye. After Saturday’s game, the Tigers will also be without star linebacker Devin White to start the game.White, one of the top players on a really dangerous LSU defense, was hit was an abysmal targeting call during the Tigers’ win over Mississippi State last weekend.As a result, he was ejected from the game, and will not miss the first half against Alabama.Targeting calls are often controversial, but you can usually see where the decision was made. On this one, however, it looks pretty clear that White did not lead with his helmet in a dangerous manner in hitting Nick Fitzgerald.#LSU LB Devin White will miss the 1st half of the #Alabama game for this targeting penalty: ? pic.twitter.com/TDqZQlmFsU— ESPN NOLA ? 100.3 FM (@ESPNRadioNOLA) October 21, 2018The SEC has already decided to uphold the suspension. That hasn’t stopped LSU fans from doing whatever they can think of to try and exert pressure on the league.A group of LSU football fans have already raised thousands of dollars to put up a “Free Devin White” billboard near the SEC’s offices in Birmingham, Ala.The cost of the billboard was far exceeded, so the rest of the donations are going to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.BOOM!All credit goes to Smalls on @TigerDroppings. Thanks to his efforts, the #FreeDevinWhite campaign raised over $6200, as of 3pm. Excess funds will go to the LSU Vet School Equine department. That donation currently sits at close to $2,500. pic.twitter.com/EsN9YMjxrl— Bradford (@LSUbradford) October 23, 2018Since the SEC has already come down with a decision, it doesn’t sound like there’s much hope for this to be reversed, but you can’t really blame Tiger fans for trying, given the absurdity of the call and the magnitude of the game against Alabama.The Tigers and Crimson Tide are set to kick-off at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge. Alabama will be a heavy favorite in that one, with or without White on the field in the first half. It would be nice to see both teams with their full compliment of playmakers, though.
Obama celebrates 7.1 million health care sign-ups by deadline, surpassing expectations President Barack Obama arrives to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passed at midnight Monday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by By Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 8:26 am MDT WASHINGTON – After facing a rocky start and chorus of naysayers who declared his health care law a failure, President Barack Obama on Tuesday celebrated a better-than-expected 7.1 million sign-ups for health coverage that he said should end the debate over whether the law should be repealed.“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” Obama declared in a feisty Rose Garden speech the day after the deadline for Americans to enrol.Obama announced the 7 million threshold that once was seen as unattainable, even as the number still could climb. People who started applying but couldn’t finish before the Monday midnight deadline can have extra time, as do potential enrollees whose special circumstances kept them from signing up in time.Administration officials said they were still compiling data that will be important in determining the ultimate success of the six-month enrolment period, such as how many enrollees were previously uninsured and whether enough younger, healthy people signed up to offset the costs of covering older, sicker consumers.But Obama said after the initial computer problems that plagued the online insurance exchanges where people could sign up, the law was working as he had hoped.“The bottom line is this: Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down. And that’s good for our middle class, and that’s good for our fiscal future,” the president said.“As messy as it’s been sometimes, as contentious as it’s been sometimes, it’s progress,” Obama said.Obama lashed out at critics who still argue that the law should be repealed. “I don’t get it,” he said. “Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance? Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked. There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived. Instead, this law is helping millions of Americans, and in the coming years it will help millions more.”The law is at the centre of competitive congressional races across the country. Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, argued that the law was harming the American people.“Every promise the president made has been broken: Health care costs are rising, not falling,” Steel said. “Americans are losing the doctors and plans that they like — especially seniors suffering under President Obama’s Medicare cuts. Small businesses are afraid to hire new workers, hobbling our economic growth. That’s why we must replace this fundamentally-flawed law with patient-centred solutions that will actually lower health care costs and help create jobs.”