January 4, 2015; ESPN, sports, broadcasting, and the world lost a great man. Stuart Scott has been a name synonymous with the sports world for over twenty years. I remember being in my dorm room at Syracuse watching SportsCenter over and over, just to hear how Scott described my favorite plays and highlights. As people have been saying over the last 24 hours, Stuart Scott changed the landscape of his industry. No one actually said it on camera, but they should have stated that, yes, as an African American male in a predominantly white arena, he made watching SportsCenter fun and cool to watch. He added a flare to a field that was in all honesty, monotonous and boring. Maybe as an African American myself, I felt a sort of bond with the man I was watching on TV, almost as if he was talking directly to me. I turned ESPN on the morning of January 4th and saw a story about Scott, and all I kept repeating was, "please don't say he passed away." I thought that maybe based on the clips and flow of the story that he had decided to retire from ESPN and his role as the most exciting sportscaster that I had ever seen. By the end of the airing, I had shed a few tears. No, I did not know Stuart Scott, but valuable traits that my parents instilled in me is to be able to show empathy, sympathy, and assimilation. I see how this man was able to touch millions of lives, even if he had never met them. My heart goes out to his family, friends, anyone whose lives he touched. At age 49, Stuart Scott was taken much too soon from the world, but his impact was great and he was most certainly, "cooler than the other side of the pillow."
July 19, 1965 - January 4, 2015