The sports world received awful news today that Stuart Scott had passed away at the age of 49. Scott, a long time sports anchor on Sports Center and other shows, is now gone and the sports world and beyond is devastated.
Growing up as a kid, I would always turn on Sports Center looking forward to Scott being one of the two anchors. He made it fun. He always added in the fun catch-phrases like “cooler than the other side of the pillow” and made watching some sports recaps fun. He had energy, had style, and changed how sports were covered. I always looked up to him and enjoyed watching everything he did on Sports Center.
As I got older, I learned more about Scott and how he had a reach beyond just sitting at a sports desk. He influenced so many people outside of sports, was a great father, and was just simply a great person that inspired so many.
It is not often that a celebrity or someone famous passes away that I am brought to tears, but this one hurts. Just watching the folks talking on ESPN, seeing their raw emotion, it brought me to tears. It feels like part of my childhood is gone. I spent many nights, avoiding the curfew, just to watch him talking about some random baseball game in Minnesota. This one will hurt for a long time. RIP to Stuart Scott, you will be missed by so many.