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Man, I Didn’t Expect to Miss Stuart Scott This Much

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Stuart Scott

I woke up Sunday morning, like most of you, to some bad news.

Stuart Scott had passed away overnight at 49 after a seven-year fight with cancer.

The immediate feeling I had was sadness. I took a few minutes to read the dedications on Twitter and Instagram and even started the 15-minute tribute ESPN posted online, though I couldn’t finish it.

I wasn’t expecting that reaction.

I had spent the better part of Scott’s career vacillating between appreciating, enjoying, and ridiculing his work. I’d even tweeted derisively about something he said years ago. A user I didn’t know, who obviously had a “Stuart Scott” list on hand, was ready immediately with a YouTube of Scott’s corniest moments on ESPN.

And I LOVED it. It perfectly captured my feelings about him at the time.

I could sum my feelings towards Scott this way: “Look, you’re obviously good at what you do…but you gotta scale the slang back. Nobody actually speaks like that.”

And that’s basically where I left it. I can’t say Stuart Scott was often at the top of my mind.

But on Sunday morning my feelings changed in an instant. So much so that I had to take a step back. Here’s why I think I’ll miss Stuart Scott’s unique approach on ESPN:

The Fresh Prince Effect –

I would describe Scott’s Sportscenter commentary as more of a “record scratch” than “a breath of fresh air” when I first started watching him.

ESPN personalities generally sound the same. White, middle aged, and corny catchphrase juke boxes. When Scott started, the first “Booyah!” definitely caught my attention. It reminded me of Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Like Will, I was a Black kid in the whitest of environments growing up. Like, “we take family portraits in white shirts and khakis on the beach” white. Those families that are already in picture frames when you buy them? That’s who I went to high school with.

Bel-Air was probably very similar to ESPN (and all sports desks for that matter) when Scott started. And like Will Smith, Scott was comfortable enough in his own skin to be himself on air.

In that situation the Black guy is always “the representative.” And when that happens, slang will always stand out. It takes confidence to be yourself when you’re the odd man out.

It took me a while, but I understood the parallels and came to respect that confidence.

He’s basically part of my family –

Someone already said it on Twitter, but Scott is basically every Black kid’s uncle.

We ALL have one or two who hang on to slang we aren’t using anymore.

They’re the ones with the Bluetooth headset in at all times.

They like rap, but the edited songs.

And they’re all too excited to talk sports with you and tell you why “the (insert team) a’int never gonna win a ring again.”

And we love them for it.

So even though it was easy to poke fun at him, I had a soft spot for Scott. I hang out with him whenever I’m at a family function.

Because f*ck cancer –

Stu Scott Knee

Self explanatory. It’s sad when anyone dies. Especially from cancer because we can all relate. And even more so when it’s someone who has fought cancer so bravely and been the embodiment of perserverance.

I’ll miss you, Stu. Even though I didn’t think I would.

What about you? How did the news of Scott’s passing affect you? Is that the reaction you expected?

Let me know down below.

Comment(5)

  1. Because F*CK cancer !!!
    I have never been so moved by the death of a TV personality. I watched every tribute possible on Sunday and Monday. I’m with you, I don’t even know why…..but damn.

  2. “What’s good in the hood? ” I’ll miss those sportscenter openings. As I got older I began to enjoy the simple fact that he always looked like he was having fun. He was everyone’s guy. The likes of Ahmad Rashad he was everyone’s “main man”. Learning of his illness years ago saddened me. But his constant returns to work even while in treatment were so inspiring. He was truly a good guy. Seemed so genuine. I’ll miss him as well no doubt. Btw I think we all knew Stuart was an OG so we let him slide with the corny slangs lol

  3. My husband has abandon me and the kids for the the past 8months now, and refuse to come back because he was hold on by a woman whom he just met, for that, my self and the kids has been suffering and it has been heel of a struggle, but I decide to do all means to make sure that my family come together as it use to, then I went online there I saw so many good talk about this spell caster whose email is [email protected] so I had to contact him and in just 4days as he has promised, my husband came home and his behavior was back to the man I got married to.I cant thank the spell caster enough what what he did for me, I am so grateful. I even spoke to the spell caster over the phone, to confirm his existence. His email again is: [email protected]

  4. As a former professional athlete who meet and interacted with Stu, I had a visceral appreciation for his iconoclastic contribution to sports broadcasting. He elevated sports broadcasting from white middle aged men prosaically reading the events of the day off of teleprompters to the viewers having a conversation with their boys in the Man cave. Both his injection of the urban pathos and timely sense of humor made him a joy to watch. I remember dying with laughter when watching this brilliant brother reporting the day’s event in sports while ” leaning back” doing the rock away and telling some base runner who was thrown out at the plate that “he’d better act you know!”

    He was generous in spirit with his gift as well. He brought several of his co-broadcasters into the game by allowing them to play tag team partner with him; particularly Rich Eisen; they were great together. I remember Rich once saying that he was Tommy Lee Jones and Stu was Will Smith, only to have Stu respond by saying, “So, why I always gotta be the black guy?” It was hilarious and everyone laughed. Stu, thank you for your gift and I see you chilling in your seat in the Pantheon of our cultural icons.

    Peace Black man, you will be missed!

  5. Definitely came as a surprise, but he handled his cancer so gangsta! My great aunt past not too long ago, and she handled it the way she wanted to just like Stu. Gotta respect people who look death in the face and say I’m still living. Great post.

    P.S. His mark on sports journalism and newscasting is so big. He’ll always be remembered and countless others who follow in his footsteps will always shout him out for inspiring them.

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