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Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)
The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap (Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN Radio)
There are places along the Gulf Coast where the oil coats birds and beaches, and there are places where the marshes remain untouched. Wright Thompson shares the story of one town in the middle — Empire, La. — where fishing still exists, but with the oil closing in, locals hope for the best, yet fear the worst. Following the piece, Wright, from Empire, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, will be among those discussing the topic.
From Outside the Lines:
“America sees the apocalypse. Fishing boats stuck in port, props out of the water, useless. Oil-slicked birds. Dead fish. Lurking oil. Closed fishing grounds, to the commercial boats who supply more than 30 percent of America’s seafood, and to the anglers who patrol one of the world’s great sport-fishing destinations. Many captains carry oil cleanup equipment instead of rods and reels. That’s all west of the river. In Empire, a short half hour boat ride from ground zero, the oil hasn’t hit. Fishing boats load gear, bound for clear water and clean fish east of the river.” – Wright Thompson
“I know a lot of folks – it’s made their marriages a little difficult because they’re concerned, they don’t know where they’re going to have a job next week, or next month or next year.” – Nash Roberts, fishing guide
“This is Empire, Louisiana, late June…there is life, and there is death, and there is a town that lives in between. Somewhere over the horizon, a black stain grows, an Exxon Valdez every five days. The oil will spare their way of life, or it will roll in one night, unseen, bringing silence to the marshes of their youth.” – Wright Thompson
“We have terns,” Mars says. “We have egrets. We have pelicans. We have juvenile chicks running around. They’ve got oil on them. It’s the worst of the worst. This oil is killing the whole food chain. We’re losing plankton. There’s dead dolphins on the beach. I saw a dead dolphin yesterday.” — Steve Mars, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on the Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle.
SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 11 p.m. ESPN)
Garrett Karp’s senior year at Rocky Mountain High School was supposed to be his finest hour, but the three-sport athlete from Fort Collins, Colo., had his life altered July 3, 2009 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of lymph node cancer. As his condition worsened, Karp could no longer go to school, and went through aggressive chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and radiation treatments. However, sports provided Garrett Karp a chance to create his own senior memories, and inspire many in the process. Along with his family and friends, Karp tells the story of how he took a shot, and made it count.
NASCAR Countdown (Friday, 7 p.m. ESPN)
SportsCenter (Sunday, 8 a.m. ESPN, noon, ESPN2)
To honor his father’s legacy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run a Wrangler No. 3 Chevy in Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. “Junior” explains the emotions surrounding the decision, his expectations and ultimately why he might never do it again.