Thank You Stuart Scott
Back in the 90’s, I loved watching ESPN SportsCenter before going to sleep. Even though I was tired, I stayed up watching longer because of now iconic catch phrases like “BOO-YAH” and “Cool as the other side of the pillow”.
When I first saw Stuart Scott’s broadcasts, I thought, “Who is this guy?!?!” I have to admit half of me wondered, “Who does this guy think he is? He was not like the other sports anchors. He wasn’t doing it the right way. What does he think he’s doing?” The other half was under his spell. “This guy is so different. He’s charismatic. He owned the camera. He’s doing it his way!” I envied him. Being a pretty big sports fan myself, I thought it would be fun being a sports broadcaster. Luckily my deliusions of grandeur didn’t go far because I could see clearly that I didn’t have what it took. Bottomline, I didn’t have the Stuart Scott factor.
49 years old?!?! Unbelieveable. With his untimely passing, it was amazing to see the world’s outpour of love for Stuart Scott. Sports royalty, sports broadcasting legends, and even Obama chimed in. Are you serious? Here are some of the reactions that stood out to me.
Dan Patrick said, “He didn’t just push the envelope, he bulldozed it.” For awhile I’ve been reminding myself to push my envelope because I tend to stay in my comfort zone. Besides learning and growing, when you push the envelope, good things usually happen. But if you bulldoze it, doesn’t that equate to great things?
Suzy Kobler recalled, “Stuart was very clear on who he wanted to be on TV, the audience he wanted to represent, and the voice that he was going to have.” I’ve struggled with my identity, my audience, and my voice while blogging and podcasting. I am not claiming I will be the next Stuart Scott. But if I focus and get a clearer idea of these three items, not only will I produce better content, I will be a better person.
Finally, I got to hear his Jimmy V Perseverance Award speech which included this poignant message. “When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you lived, why you lived and in the manner in which you lived.” This is an amazing reminder to all to constantly check your “how”, “why”, and manner that you live. Without a doubt, Stuart Scott lived.