Cancer is the worst. I think we can all agree with that. It takes mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends way before it should. Nothing about that statement changes what it is or how it makes us feel. It does however make us reflect on those that have passed and left us to wonder the if's and the buts of the world.
Anyone that picked up the remote today as probably learned that Stuart Scott passed away after a long battle with cancer. It was a battle that frankly few knew about because Stuart always persevered. He was still a presence at ESPN until recently when his health made it no longer possible. In 2014, Scott was finally honored with the Jimmy V award at the ESPY's bring some limelight to this fight he long struggled with.
At Red Reporter, we like to poke a lot of fun and hatred at ESPN. In a lot of ways they are what is wrong with sports today. That didn't used to be the case, and has frankly probably done more good for sports entertainment than bad. One thing they did do right was bring Stuart in to our living rooms. His catch phrases and the youthful exuberance he brought to sports casting changed the industry.
I can remember as a kid waking up every morning and watching Sportscenter with my Cap'n Crunch. Front and center it was always Stuart Scott giving me my news. I'll never forget that. It was a huge part of my childhood. The way he covered all sports, and I remember fondly the way he covered baseball, became a cult phenomenon. Just watching ESPN this morning brought a tear to my eye as I listened to all those he worked and lived with talk with fond words and remembrance.
The sport's world lost one of the greatest people it will ever know. I'd like to give my and RR's full condolences to his daughters, family, and all those that loved him. Cancer is a real bitch, and it extinguished another flame before it was done burning.
I'd like to think as he crossed that path and faced another world he just gave a grin and a jaunty "BOO-YAH!". He was the one that was cooler than the other side of the pillow.