Stuart Scott and sports prove what matters in life
By ALYSHA TSUJI
College Contributor Network
Blunders happen daily, especially in sports. In the NBA, for example, when Jeremy Lin froze up at the end of a game enraging Kobe, or when Kobe missed a buzzer-beater after refusing to pass to open teammates, or when Chris Paul choked on free throws that could have advanced the Clippers in the 2014 playoffs. However, in time, those moments will be forgotten.
At the end of the day, the only measure of success is championship rings. Anyone who's not a diehard Clippers fan will probably forget about CP3's missed free throws, but they will remember the Spurs' 4-1 finals slashing of the Heat.
"Close" ultimately doesn't matter. The details of games fall into irrelevancy. It's the win or loss at the end of the season that is chalked into the history books. Likewise, in life, it's the memories you leave behind in others that have a lasting impact.
The greatest and most recent example is ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. He died Sunday, Jan. 4, after battling cancer, yet many will still feel his influence in sports broadcast for a long time to come.
The year Scott joined ESPN in 1993 was the same year I was born, so until now, as touching tribute videos and eulogies flood the media, I wasn't fully aware of the vibrant change he brought to sports on TV. For me, the catch phrases and hip-hop references on sports shows were normal, which I now know is mostly thanks to him.
What drew me to Scott was his 2014 ESPYs acceptance speech for the Jimmy V Award: "Fight like hell, and when you're too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you."
Whether or not you've been watching Scott for years or have seen nothing but his ESPYs speech, he left an impact. As he said himself, "Our life's journey is really about the people that touch us."
Alysha Tsuji is a senior Journalism major at Pepperdine University. Her passion lies in sports media, namely when it comes to covering the NBA. Follow her on Twitter: @AlyshaTsuji