The sports world lost a great man this morning, ESPN’s Stuart Scott passed away after a long battle with cancer.
I personally felt a strong connection to Stuart, he began his work on ESPN as an anchor on Sportscenter right when I was coming into my own as a high school athlete and a fan of the hip-hop and basketball culture. He brought a voice and an energy with him like the hopeful roar of a home crowd as the ball is tossed up in the air for the opening tip.
He was impossible to ignore and even more impossible to NOT instantly be attached.
He represented a well needed, young and ever-evolving voice on the 24 hour sports news network that EVERYONE in my generation gravitated to. He was cooler than any person we knew in real life and we admired everything he did without even knowing we did.
While hearing his voice over highlights during several video tributes today, I was instantly transported back to high school and college memories of coming home from basketball practice, plopping myself down on the couch and watching the latest highlights only to hear catch-phrases like “BooYah!”, “Cooler than the other side of the pillow” and “Like gravy on a biscuit, it’s all good”. Stuart Scott made me laugh on a daily basis, which is more than I can say for most people I know.
Stuart Scott will be sorely missed by many, I’m not overstating anything by admitting that I’ll think about him everyday for the rest of my life, considering I watch Sportscenter religiously. And every day I’ll be expecting to hear his cool, excited voice belting out “BooYah!”at the crack of the bat for a home run highlight or when Kobe Bryant hits a game-winner at the buzzer garnishing his description as “cooler than the other side of the pillow”.
The truth is, Stuart Scott was cooler than the other side of the pillow, HE was the highlight that we were watching, not the home run or the game-winning jumper.
written by: Casey S. Gutting