So, from the beginning…
By now, we’re sure (translation: we hope), J.J. can appreciate a laugh or two at his own expense. Hey, it comes with the territory, yes? You can’t go out and incinerate the nets night after night for a super high profile program like Duke, and not catch some flack. Especially from your primary rival -- not that TAH is biased toward the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions and current #1 team (not to mention undefeated) University of North Carolina Tar Heels in anyway (for the record).
(Eric, Pam, Patrick, Tom and Chris Gay)
These days Redick is chillin’ down in Orlando with Tiger and the boys rackin’ up $2 mill a year playing for the Magic. Now, that’s a sweet gig.
Enter the Gay family of Warrenton, VA. Last summer, their son Patrick was tragically killed in a hit and run accident in Charlotte. In an incident bizarrely reminiscent of the one that took the life of UNC mascot Jason Ray, Patrick was struck by a drunk driver while walking back from a bar with several other kids to a friend’s house to crash for the night. Patrick had just graduated from James Madison University in May, taken
You see, Patrick and his brothers Chris and Eric and their good buddy Sam Kettering were very SERIOUS Duke fans. (The Gays are a very nice family. Wonderful people -- so we have no idea how this happened. We blame the Coach K-obsessed media and American Express.)
Along the way, from various friends of the Gay family, J.J. got wind of this tragic story and Patrick’s dedication to the Blue Devils and his obsession with all things Redick. Eric Gay sent J.J. an email via J.J.’s Blog, and, to his credit, Redick responded almost immediately.
They got together in an Orlando tavern on Thursday night to watch the unfortunate demise of the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Orange Bowl. Eric is a Hokie junior, Chris graduated from Tech in ‘05, and Sam is a senior at Boston College.
Patrick’s aunt and uncle made up some green wrist bands to honor Patrick, and the Gay family and friends all wear them proudly. So does J.J. – on his shooting (that’s the right one for any of you who have forgotten what Redick drillin’ a jumper from 20 feet looks like) hand.
In their first interview (a TAH EXCLUSIVE) conducted via email with dad Tom, Chris, Eric and Sam all said Redick was simply “awesome.”
The local newspaper is interviewing the boys this week, so we will have more details soon.
Yes, we will let the local wags do the footwork. After all, it’s TAH, and a little journalism goes a very long way.