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  • Atypical
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    ESPN’s Stuart Scott dies after lengthy battle with cancer

    Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports
    2:10 p.m. EST January 4, 2015

     

    Stuart
    Scott, the ESPN anchor and reporter whose catchphrases became part of
    the American popular sports vernacular for the past two decades, died
    Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49.

    “ESPN
    and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely
    inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John
    Skipper. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of
    chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to
    the set?

    “His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and
    to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he
    leaves a void that can never be replaced.”

    Scott,
    who received a standing ovation during his acceptance of the Jimmy V
    Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPY Awards in July, addressed his
    uncertain future at the time.

    “When you die, it does not mean that
    you lose to cancer,” Scott told the audience. “You beat cancer by how
    you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

    Scott joined ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2, quickly moving up the ranks as one of the network’s main SportsCenter
    anchors thanks to his rapid-fire delivery and unique phrasing to
    describe highlights. While Scott might not have invented the term
    “Boo-yah,” he certainly popularized.

    By 2008, Scott was ubiquitous among the network’s programming. He anchored late-night SportsCenter shows, hosted Monday Night Countdown
    on location during the NFL season, served as the lead host for NBA on
    ESPN and ABC and interviewed Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential
    campaign.

    It was a workload he’d do his best to maintain during
    several recurrences of cancer, a diagnosis which first appeared during
    an emergency appendectomy in 2007. The disease reappeared in 2011, when
    Scott announced on Twitter that he was undergoing chemotherapy. He never
    revealed what kind of cancer he was fighting, and told the New York Times in March that it was not colon cancer.

    By the time the illness reemerged in December 2012, Scott began to share more public details about his plight. In January 2013, he told USA TODAY
    about his routine at the time, which included only missing his ESPN
    work days for chemotherapy treatments every other Monday, after which
    he’d go train at a mixed-martial arts gym.

    “I
    can take this,” he said at the time. “Deal with it easier than some
    people I see. So I think for the ones who can’t punch a heavy bag, can’t
    spar, who can’t do any of that. I’ll do it for you.”

    Scott’s
    determination was well known to executives at ESPN long before his
    diagnosis. In 2002, Scott missed several months of work after his left
    eye was damaged by a football while he was working out with the New York
    Jets for an upcoming story. Due to previous problems with both eyes,
    including a right detached retina, Scott had to retrain his right eye to
    be his dominant eye, a task that presented a challenge when having to
    read from a teleprompter.

    Scott is survived by his two daughters,
    Taelor, 19,and Sydni, 15, the latter of whom joined him onstage at the
    end of his ESPYs speech after he asked her to “come up here and give dad
    a hug because I need one.”

    While
    Scott thanked his bosses at ESPN during that memorable oration, he made
    it clear that there was no career moment that could ever surpass what
    he considered his life’s best highlight.

    “The best thing I have ever done, the best thing I will ever do,” Scott said. “Is be a dad to Taelor and Sydni.”

    “Taelor
    and Sydni, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express.
    You two are my heartbeat. I am standing here on this stage tonight
    because of you.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2015/01/04/stuart-scott-espn-obituary-cancer/13588487/

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    24Emmy
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    Very sad. He was one of my favorite SportsCenter anchors.

     

    His moving ESPYs speech — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9cSX5XPY70

     

    Stuart Scott will forever be as “cool as the other side of the pillow.”

     

    RIP!

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    Atypical
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    Rich Eisen breaking the news was pretty rough to watch. He’s talking about it all on his show today. Hannah Storm also broke down when she reported Scott’s passing on ESPN Sunday.

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