As a sports fan for life I have ridden the roller-coaster of emotions when cheering for my teams. The highs and the lows. But through it all there was the constant of Sports Center. The highlights. How many times did I watch Sports Center even though I already had seen the exact same show and the exact same highlights already? Over time the, sportscasters became as big as the event they were reporting. The first significant sportscaster who I use to quote all the time was Howard Cosell. Who can forget “Miami has the Oranges but Buffalo has the Juice!” Then of course Chris Berman brought immediate attention to ESPN with his unique nickname style…nicknames like Mike “Your in Good Hands With” Alstott; Jeff “Brown Paper” Bagwell and my personal favorite Joseph “Live and Let” Addai.
But then there was the best of them all, Stuart Scott. Stuart Scott showed us that sportscasters could be fun and the energy he displayed every time he appeared on camera will never be forgotten. Stuart Scott passed away yesterday after a long courageous fight against cancer. His swag as a reporter will forever be unmatched and he will be sorely missed. One thing is for certain, however, and that’s that his slogans and insightful quotes will always live on. Here are a few of my favorite Stuart Scott catch phrases:
If you were on fire on the basketball court –
Call him car wash because he is automatic
When referring to someone playing at a high level and with ease-
As cool as the other side of the pillow.
When a player was getting more rebounds than anyone else on the court-
They call him the Windex Man cause he’s always cleaning the glass.
When someone would begin to dominate a game-
Just call him butter ’cause he’s on a roll.
When someone would make a smart play-
Like gravy on a biscuit, it’s all good!
When someone would get ejected from a game-
You ain’t got to go home, but you got to get the heck up outta here.
When Bryce Harper hit a homerun-
And the Lord said you’ve got to rise up!
When a player torches another player-
He must be the bus driver cause he is takin’ him to school
If a pitcher got bombed for a home run-
Check if your bleeding cause you just got tagged
And finally – on the only way to fight cancer-
So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.
The Great Stuart Scott- Rest in Peace – your words will live on.