Big Air Leads To Big Fall, Big Drama

For those of you old enough to remember the famous opening to ABC’s Wide World Of Sports featuring the skier wiping out over the words “and the agony of defeat,” I think we’ve finally found a wipeout that tops it. Before watching it’s helpful to know that the skateboarder, Jake Brown, is not dead, and in fact was due to be released from the hospital today with minor injuries.

According to the LA Times, Jake Brown suffered bruising of the the liver and lungs, stress fractures in his vertebrae and a small fracture on the top of one hand.

Nearly as unbelievable as Brown’s miraculous recovery is the unexplainable incompetence of the medical “professionals” on hand. Not only did they not immobilize Brown with a cervical collar and back board, they allowed him to walk off under his own power…

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