Longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away after an extended battle with cancer. He was 49 years old.
ESPN shared, in a statement:
“He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century.”
Scott, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, joined ESPN in 1993 as a part of the then new ESPN2 branch. His catch phrase staples, such as “As cool as the other side of the pillow” and “Boo-yah!” quickly caught on not only within the sports world, but in popular culture as a whole, even yielding a Saturday Night Live homage near the turn of the century.
While his on-air energy and liberal use of slang was often a source of derision, Scott remained a steady rock at ESPN for all 22 years of his employ. Light-hearted by nature, Scott was still able to cut to the core of a story, as he did at the conclusion of Game 2 of the Detroit Pistons’ 2004 battle against the Indiana Pacers, when he forewent the catch phrases for a moment of truth, “For all you cats out there who were crying about ‘Aw, Detroit plays ugly basketball. It’s not good basketball.’ This was a hell of a game.”
As a final homage, we wish to reflect upon this author’s favorite Stuart Scott moment. Rest in peace, Big Buddy: