Thursday, March 8, 2007
Tucson High School alum Joe Kay, who suffered a stroke several years ago after a basketball game when overzealous fans accidentally knocked him over, will be featured on ESPN this weekend.
The late Chris Limberis covered the sad story.
Here's the blurb on the show from the folks at ESPN; thanks to them for alerting us about the story. Unless my math's wrong, the show will be on locally at 7:30 a.m. Sunday (ESPN) and 10 a.m. Sunday (ESPNEWS).
(UPDATE: Those times should probably be 6:30 and 9 respectively, since the rest of the country changes time this weekend. Sorry for the gaffe.)
Outside the Lines will examine the joy and jeopardy of court-storming, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET on ESPN (re-aired noon Sunday on ESPNEWS). Three years ago, Tucson (Ariz.) High's Joe Kay, a valedictorian set to attend Stanford on a volleyball scholarship, punctuated his team's big home win with a dunk, setting off a frenzied celebration in which he was tackled and trampled, suffering a stroke and paralysis on his right side. The next day at Stanford, fans rushed the court in exultation over the Cardinal's defeat of Arizona, and this time, Gerry Plunkett, wife of former Stanford and NFL quarterback Jim, was knocked down and pinned amid the sea of fans, incurring a deep leg bruise and lingering emotional scars. Just last month the SEC fined Vanderbilt for failing to prevent fans from storming the court after the Commodores defeated top-ranked Florida. Mark Schwarz reports. Bob Ley hosts.