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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (Things)

"Because revenge is a dish best served cold?" "Have you heard of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease? He was terminal. And what he was about to go through...all I know is whoever killed him probably spared that poor man a lot of suffering."

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. Over 90% of sufferers are dead within one year, and that year is characterized by memory loss, psychological changes, and neurological deterioration. It most commonly affects people at about age 60, which makes Coach Barry a bit young to be suffering from CJD. That, or he's had some great Botox treatments. A variant of the disease does affect younger patients, but it's usually linked to ingestion of beef from infected cattle — the aptly-named Mad Cow Disease. When Josh finds out his father arranged his own death rather than putting himself and his family through a year of agony and suffering, he gives his former coach a thumbs up for his good hustle.

3.14 "Mars, Bars"

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