Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rich Eisen Remembers ESPN's Stuart Scott

Often times here at this site, you will find criticism--sometimes biting, a bit surly every now and then; but straightforward nonetheless, about the people who work in television news and sports and the like; how often, it seems, many of them live in a plastic bubble and don't ever appear as if they're in the real world.

On Sunday, the sports-TV journalism world lost a good guy---ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott, passed away after a seven-year struggle with cancer. He was only 49 and left behind two kids.

Rich Eisen, formerly of ESPN and now an anchor on NFL Network, worked alongside Scott and delivered this emotional eulogy on Sunday Morning. It was  touching, heartfelt, and very much real-world.

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  1. Godspeed, Stuart Scott. Condolences to family and friends.

  2. Scott made a difference in sports broadcasting. His acceptance speech at the ESPY Awards was amazing.

  3. A very touching tribute from Rich Eisen.

    Since the network's first telecast, ESPN has had a number of unique and charismatic characters who have injected some entertainment to go along with the information. In that pioneering group, Stuart was a standout. He was fun, serious, silly, though-provoking, downright funny, formidably intelligent, and no one was cooler. Add a great delivery, ad-lib and people skills, and hardcore sports and cultural knowledge, to his talent set.

    Very saddened to hear of Stuart's passing, but oh did he provide some excellent work, presence, and personality in his day. Booo Yeah!

  4. "...and no one was cooler. "

    As cool as the other side of the pillow.
    Rest in peace, Stu. You'll be greatly missed.

  5. Sometimes Scott's approach grated on me, but at the ESPY awards speech and the tributes yesterday, you could tell how much he was loved for his professionalism and friendship.

    Some of the more interesting comments yesterday were by NFL analysts Chris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson who said Scott brought their vernacular to the airwaves and how much of a pioneer he was for African-American sports broadcasters and analysts. He allowed them to be themselves. Johnson could barely get through his tribute.

    1. I agree, his style was not for me but you cannot deny the level of sadness and respect shown him by his colleagues.

  6. btw, did SS ever thank Wayne Walker for that expression?

  7. I think that line was originally said by someone else in reference to Joe Montana.

  8. SS was a superb anchor. I have always enjoyed his work My sympathy to his family.