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Jan 08

Transcendent Figure-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli

On July 19, 1965, a baby was born, a baby who would eventually grow up to be a man who would change the art of sports broadcasting. ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott died early Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer. As a 26-year-old sports fan, I admired Scott, not because of his recognizable catchphrases, but because of his willingness to be a pioneer. Imagine being one of, if not the only African American, at what is affectionately known as the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Then imagine trying to create a new lexicon for sports broadcasting. What was so great about Scott was, he didn’t care what people thought about him or his new lexicon, all he cared about was, giving his best to his audience, and entertaining them

When I heard the news about Scott’s passing, I was going to church. When I go to church every Sunday, I try to think of someone special that I personally want to dedicate the mass to; sometimes, it’s a family member, or friend who has begun their second life, for our soldiers who fight for our freedom or just for people who are suffering. This past Sunday, I dedicated the mass to Scott.  He inspired me to want to become a broadcaster. He made me laugh when I was sad; made me smile, when I was mad;  and when I was home sick from school,  his unorthodox crazy antics as an anchor on many ESPN shows made me feel better.  After I went into the church and after I finished saying my prayers, instead of saying the traditional Amen, I said BOO-YAH. (a Stuart Scott signature catchphrase, which I actually found out recently, via an interview with NFL Network’s, and Scott’s former Co-Anchor on SportsCenter, Rich Eisen was actually BOO-YOW). Of course, it was said with the most respect.

My thoughts and my prayers go out to Scott’s family and friends. Though you are hurting right now, take solace in the fact that, your boyfriend, your brother, your father, and any other title that this great man had, is loved by millions who did not know him personally.

1 comment

  1. David Danzis

    Nicely done.

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