Stuart Scott captured hearts of millions, including mine

Stuart Scott, acclaimed ESPN sports broadcaster and journalist, who brought his unique style, enthusiasm, and honesty every day to sports reporting and, in doing so, captured the hearts of millions of sports fans, died yesterday at the age of 49 of cancer. ESPN is doing some beautiful tributes to him, many of which are in the words of his coworkers and other people, including President Obama, whom he touched in his life and distinguished career. He was one of a kind and his footprint on sports journalism and young aspiring journalists will continue long into the future. Scott, who included more than a dollop of the energy and language of the hip-hop culture to his journalism when he joined the ESPN team, was, to use one of his famous inventive phrases, “cool as the other side of the pillow.” He leaves behind a partner and two beautiful daughters, whom he dearly loved, and many, many more grieving fans, and I’m one of them.

Photo: Stuart Scott (Wikipedia)


Sam Webb
Sam Webb

Sam Webb is a long-time writer living in New York. Earlier, he was active in the labor movement in his home state of Maine.