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He Had All The Fun – Remembering Stuart Scott

These Guys Have All The Fun, the 2011 book documenting the early years at ESPN, might be the most appropriately named book in publication. Without knowing anything about what goes on behind the scenes, I can sum up what I see from every ESPN on screen personality in one word: fun. And if you really think about, how could it NOT be fun? If you love sports as much as I do, being an on air talent working for ESPN is the mountaintop. You talk about sports, research sports, watch sports; and then get to go on national television and tell millions of people what happened that night in the sports world. ESPN has had a lot of great anchors over the years, but no one epitomized fun more than Stuart Scott.

Stuart Scott started at ESPN when I was 5 years old. I love sports now as much as I did back then, and a major reason I loved sports so much was ESPN. A 24 hour sports network? Are you kidding me? I couldn’t have been more all in if they paid me to watch it. In 2015, a lot of people accuse ESPN of stealing sports headlines or focusing too much on particular athletes, but back then, it was just fun to watch. ESPN’s flagship show has always been Sportscenter, and every since I could remember, I wanted to be an anchor on that show. When Stuart Scott arrived on the scene in 1993, he was different. He had an attitude and confidence about him that immediately separated him from the pack, but at the same time, he was still having so much fun. Behind all the catch phrases was a man who was incredibly good at his job, and he made me want to be a sportscaster more than ever. As a 5’11 160 pound white guy who loved sports, I wasn’t making the NBA or the NFL anytime soon, so sports casting turned into my dream job. I’d watch games on mute and commentate, research stats and watch highlights of any game I could get my eyes on because I knew that’s what the pros did. It was almost an obsession, but it didn’t feel that way because I was having so much fun doing it. As Stuart Scott began to rise to prominence in the sports world, his genius started to touch every sports he covered: NBA Countdown, NFL Countdown, MLB Playoffs, NCAA Final Four; everything Stuart Scott did, he did well. Watching him do all these different things over the years made him my go to guy: that’s who I wanted to emulate, that’s who I wanted to be like as a professional. I knew I could never have his style, or his catch phrases, but above everything else, Stuart Scott proved that if you put in the effort and did your homework, you’d be rewarded. I never did anchor a Sportscenter telecast, but as I got older, I realized I didn’t have to. The mindset of consistent effort could be applied to everything around you, and it’s helped me to this day.

The sporting world mourned the loss of Stuart Scott this Sunday at the depressingly young age of 49. Tributes have popped up all over the internet, including the one embedded above that aired during ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. In the video, Scott’s friends and co workers talked about how great he was at his job, and how wonderful he was a man. Stuart Scott injected life into everything he touched. He always had fun. Boo-yah.

– Ryan

Chris Pratt Pays Tribute to Little Sebastian at the ‘Parks and Recs”‘ Wrap Party, Because I Needed to Cry at My Desk Today

We already know Chris Prat is awesome, so this is just icing on the cake. Let me ask you a question, how sad do you think I am that Parks and Recs is ending; scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the saddest)……If you guessed anything lower than “456” then you are wrong. Parks and Recs filled the hole that “The Office” left in my heart (I wish I knew how to quit you, Michale Scott), but now that it is coming to and end I don’t know what to do with myself. I think on the series finale I will brush off the old guitar and sing my very own Pawnee tribute. It won’t sound as glorious as Mr. Pratt singing, or as smooth as Nick Offerman playing the guitar, but it will be from the heart. I’m going to do it on the roof of my house so the whole world can hear.

-Matt

PS – Here is the trailer to the farewell season…..(Sad face)

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Watch-Parks-Recreation-Get-Futuristic-Season-7-Trailer-68983.html

Cue the Tears – Robin Williams Tribute

I feel like a lot of these will start spinning around the internet soon. Better get the tissues ready; I hear they are having a sale at CVS.

-Matt

Nike’s Tribute Video to Derek Jeter is Perfect

Jeter and Nomar debuted in the major leagues around the same time. As a Red Sox fan, the excitement for Nomar was only comparable to the Yankees excitement for Jeter. They were both great players in their prime, and Nomar will be a hometown favorite for the rest of his life, but he never became anything close to Jeter. Jeter  was everything you ever wanted in a franchise baseball player: a winner, a pro, a great defender and even better hitter who played one of the hardest positions in the game. This tip of the cap video is well done and more importantly, well deserved. Farwell to The Captain.

– Ryan

WWE’s Tribute Video to Connor “The Crusher” Michalek Is Truly Incredible

What an amazing, amazing video. I use the word “amazing” a lot and it usually isn’t valid to describe something but this time it’s valid. This story had a sad ending, but WWE made Connor’s dreams come true and then some. A lot of times we get bogged down in the minor details of life, and this video really just shows you how fragile the whole journey itself is. A major kudos to WWE for not only creating this video, but doing what they did to keep Connor’s spirits high. The part with him in the ring pinning HHH while most of the roster roots him on from outside the ring is really something special. Then you have Daniel Bryan. Just a class act, through and through. Wrestlemania 30 was the biggest night in the professional life of Daniel Bryan, and for him to go out of his way and hug and talk to Connor is something that should never be forgotten. RIP to “The Crusher”.

– Ryan

This Cinco de Mayo We Remember The Spanish Announce Table

Thank you for all the memories over the years. Have a margarita, you deserve it.

-Matt

Aerosmith’s ‘Boston Strong’ Version of ‘Dream On’ is Beautiful

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Well I didn’t plan on tearing up this morning but I dare anyone with a heart to watch that video and not get emotional. Thousands of people are currently running the marathon as I type this, and to see the number of runners and supporters there on site is really overwhelming. The city of Boston has leaned on it’s people for a year now and they just refuse to teeter. Amazing stuff. Kudos to ESPN, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for pulling this off as well. They took an already unbelievable song and turned its lyrics into a credo for all the survivors. Dream on.

– Ryan

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