The news of popular ESPN SportsCenter anchor and multiple memorable catch-phrase guy Stuart Scott leaving our world way too soon at age 49 hit the sports world hard on Sunday morning.
Colleagues from a very tearful Hannah Storm:
along with Jaymee Sire, Steve Levy, Scott Van Pelt, and others shared their thoughts on the legacy that the 2014 ESPY Jimmy V Perseverance Award Winner when he accepted that honor from his biggest hero in entertainment, Keifer Sutherland (Jack Bauer of Fox’s 24 fame).
A true North Carolina Tar Heel through and through, Head Coach Roy Williams spoke candidly during a taped piece which aired on the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. He talked about how his eyes would light would light up each time he would give a speech in front of 21,750 people inside the Dean Dome. The mentions about great Tar Heels players from Jerry Stackhouse to Vince Carter while he helped launch ESPN2 back in 1996 helped form a bold and dynamic chapter that would make late nights definite must see TV.
Prior to the first Big Monday broadcast, the University of North Carolina will take some time before their ACC encounter with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and honor one of their own.
For the time being, here is my little tribute–a lot of cool laughs while anchoring on the set with Linda Cohn. Here is he reading a college basketball highlight way back in 1998 featuring the nastiest rivals in the sport, Duke and North Carolina:
And yes, Boo-yah to everyone reading, and please remember to sleep by turning over so you can be, “as cool as the other side of the pillow.”
May Stuart Rest In Peace. He leaves behind a legacy of battling cancer worth telling over and over as the years go by.