Sad Day for Sports Fans

By Liz Gunn || If you’re a sports fan, surely you heard the sad news of Stuart Scott’s passing this morning, at the age of 49. I won’t eulogize him here, and FITS News doesn’t really have an obituary section, but after hearing about this off and on all day I…

LIZ GUNNBy Liz Gunn || If you’re a sports fan, surely you heard the sad news of Stuart Scott’s passing this morning, at the age of 49. I won’t eulogize him here, and FITS News doesn’t really have an obituary section, but after hearing about this off and on all day I just felt the need to share.

I recently claimed that I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. However, I am resolved to live my life in a way that would garner the respect of my colleagues, friends and the public the way Stuart Scott did. Emotional tributes poured out from co-workers and people in the world of sports today on television and on social media. By all accounts, Stuart Scott was a hard-working, genuinely nice co-worker, friend and father.

Scott was a beloved sportscaster and anchor for ESPN. He actually got his first job in broadcasting at WPDE-TV in Florence, S.C.. That’s where he coined his most famous catchphrase, “cool as the other side of the pillow”. Sadly, Scott leaves behind two young daughters.

There probably isn’t ever a convenient time to die, but I know his family is glad to have had this last Christmas together. It’s just a grim reminder of a few things that probably won’t ever change: Life is short. Cancer sucks. All good things must end.

Scott told the audience at the ESPY’s last July after receiving the Jimmy V. Award , “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” Rest in peace, Stuart Scott, knowing you did beat cancer after all.

If you would like to support the American Cancer Society, and I always suggest that you do, click here to learn more or donate. I, for one, have lost too many of my favorite people to this disease.

LIZ GUNN is a wife, mom, travel enthusiast, food snob, daydreamer and lifelong Gamecock fan. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she lives in Columbia, S.C. with her husband and daughter.


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guest January 4, 2015 at 10:26 pm

Stuart Scott appeared to be a talented man and sympathy to his his family.
It is true however that he played an important role in ESPN changing from a family oriented sports format into a network whose agenda is promoting cultural issues involving racial strife and perverted lifestyles.

No Time For Trolls January 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Go to bed you fucking asshole. I’d kick the living shit out of you if I knew who you really are, pussy. Get some, bitch!

guest January 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm

You know who I am. You just don’t have the guts to do anything about it.
Go beat your wife.

Check Up From The Neck Up January 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Lol. Paranoid?

Toyota Kawaski January 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

he may not but i do. Im in Aiken not hard to find where are u?

Squishy123 January 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Look out, we might have some good ol’ valley redneck fisticuffs about to go down!!!

What do you call someone from Graniteville with his GED?


Mike at the Beach January 4, 2015 at 10:48 pm

People dying seems to bring out the dumbass in some folks, no? FITS is actually pretty well known for kicking the shit out of people after they die, usually before the body is cold and before the grieving family can even get the body in the ground. I was pleasantly surprised (after reading the headline and clicking on the piece) that Gunn actually violated FITS’ policy / practice by posting a civil tribute to Scott. With very few exceptions, it’s plain bad form to do otherwise. If the deceased was a genuine force for evil, that usually goes without saying (Qaddafi, Hussein, Pol Pot, etc. didn’t pick up many warm fuzzy obits). It would seem that short of that, one could manage to shut the hell up for at least a week or so, if for no other reason than basic decency to the family. Some get their jollies (and think it renders them cool or rebellious) to pile on before the funeral.

grandtangosuglydog January 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

this looks like a flip post but under his guest screams total fucking asshole so must be flip.

Mark M. January 6, 2015 at 8:07 am

Does it hurt to be that fucking stupid? It really should…

Ray January 4, 2015 at 11:36 pm

my ?ister-in-law makes $72 /hr on the internet . She has been without a job for nine months but last month her paycheck was $13377 just working on the internet for a few hours. Get More Information;.­Vi­e­­w he­re­.

Smirks January 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

my ?ister-in-law

Sister-in-law? Mister-in-law? Blister-in-law? Fister-in-law?

9" January 5, 2015 at 6:29 am

I often wonder how I’ve survived when so many of my friends have died in the past few years.When you get to a certain age,you accept the inevitable;the numbers add up,but most things stay pretty much the same.
This is a musician playing an elegy for another friend and musician,but now,Jack Bruce is gone,too.He couldn’t have left us with a more poignant song for an exit:

Toyota Kawaski January 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

nice article Liz. Only took 17 tries

Squishy123 January 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Never heard of him.

heels1785 January 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Stu Scott was an outstanding human being. He will be missed dearly.

cat ballou January 6, 2015 at 7:13 am

i wish his departed soul no ill will, but in fact all stuart scott was, was a pimp for the corporate america sports industry, a plantation slave industry of the modern age. he is basically a female version of robin roberts- who disney/abc used THE EXACT SAME WAY as a PR gimmick combining sports and cancer (the original idea goes back to jim valvano and was further exploited by the fraud laNCE ARMSTRONG- NOT A FRAUD AS A CYCLIST BUT A FRAUD AS CANCER-ENTWINED WITH CORPORATE SPORTS WHORING). liz, your are doing the same article EVERYTIME- except for your restaurant review book reports: you take a mainstream media pushed/pimped issue/ story and all you do is use your NON-divine mind to echo-chamber it down the line. instead of me dismembering your unoriginality, let me offer you a suggestion. try this for your next article: dont watch any media for a week. read a profound book- something written before 20th century at least. let some timeless genius work sink into your mind. then wait another week. then write something worth reading that you have seriously thought about instead of regurgitating mainstream media about something on the nature of death relating to ancient wisdom. i’ll give you a hint: osiris- 14 pieces-

Mark M. January 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

Oh. Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

????????? January 6, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Let me offer you a suggestion….YOU’RE is the conjunction of YOU + ARE. YOUR is a possessive pronoun. Maybe you should read more of those profound books you speak of.

Sorry, but I’m no longer taking requests from the audience.

Elfego January 22, 2016 at 11:18 am

Our small community is eaten up with Cancer. My prayers go out to Stuart’s family and all those that cancer has taken and will take. We have a close friend now dying of Cancer and it has hit our family several times.
We need a cure for Cancer of which there is no doubt. But America has a Cancer eating at its heart right now and it is destroying us. I really believe this is a disease that of our own making. I surely hope I am wrong but our nation has become destructive and divided!


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