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Honoring a Vegas Hero


When I was a young girl, my family and I used to frequent Las Vegas as a vacation destination. Ever since I could remember – I loved basketball and even in my youth I knew hoops history. Naturally, part of my attraction when coming to Las Vegas was seeing the Thomas & Mack center; home of the Runnin’ Rebels.

When I made my move in 2007 to attend UNLV, there was a sense of fulfillment. I had enrolled at a college that had been a dominant basketball dynasty. A program in my eyes that was very successful and respected. An empire built by Jerry Tarkanian. Attending UNLV, I got to absorb the glory that had been developed there. I was attending games, learning the chants and making myself an official Rebel. 

I got a job as a sports reporter for the Rebel Yell school paper; was attending a luncheon for UNLV alumni. I got there super early and found a seat in the back. Shortly after, people began to file in. I can’t remember exactly how it happened but Coach Tarkanian took a seat beside mine. It was like a movie. He asked me who I was and when I replied I was a journalist for the college paper he introduced himself. I was in a complete dream state and lost for words. It’s still blurry because my heart was pounding and I never get star struck but I was so nervous that I snuck away to text James what was going on. I stood in the back of the room until the ceremony was over. And as I stood by myself, one of the first times since moving, I didn’t miss Texas.

Fast forward to last week; I heard of Coach’s passing, and my heart dropped. The iconic Coach Shark was responsible for putting Las Vegas hoops on the map undoubtedly and deserves an honoring gesture.

In an effort led by Tony Cordasco and Scott Gulbransen, there is a campaign named #DimLights4Tark to help with this. Participating casinos that usually have their beaming lights on will be dim momentarily to honor Tarkanian. The time is set today at 10:30 p.m., after the finish of UNLV’s home game against Boise State.

I couldn’t be more proud of being a Las Vegan today. A day that we are recognizing our local hero “Tark the Shark,” who was an embodiment of the spirit of this city. A true pioneer for basketball culture and has left his love of the game to resonate in all of our hearts.
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Boo-Yah! Stuart Scott, You Will Be Missed


A legend passed away this week. Mr. Stuart Scott is likely best known for being the face of SportsCenter and his one-of-a-kind way of delivering sports news. He was the voice of many a highlight reel even though it never occurred to me that his sportscasting style was ground-breaking or cutting edge. became a part of the ESPN family more than 20 years ago…Stuart Scott’s handsome face and hilarious catch phrases were a permanent fixture in my home for many years. I decided it was all too depressing to always hear bad new, or about tragic accidents covered by the local or national news. I would much rather listen to who won what game, who beat the odds or broke records or who was being honored. Besides, if there was major news that affected the world, SportsCenter would cover it. It was my favorite show and Stuart Scott was easily my favorite sports anchor. I watched it repeatedly throughout the day: early mornings, late nights, afternoons, you name it – I had it on! My TV was my alarm clock and had a handy sleep timer so I literally watched it first thing in the morning and it was the last show on at night. To me, Stuart was funny and made watching news fun and interesting. He set up the highlight reels so you felt the excitement of actually being there. It was like hanging out with your friend who giving you a play by play of a game. At the time, I did not appreciate this for how out-of-the-box it was. I look back now not realizing Stuart Scott was just starting his career when I became an avid fan of his show. I just figured I was late to discover him! The fact that his familiar face was still there through the past two decades only validates my belief that news people just moved around from show to show. There was no retiring or quitting! Stuart is the kind of guy that I could see walking down the street one day and I would look at him and greet him like an old friend. Only I have never met him. Have you ever done that to a celebrity?! You recognize their face so you feel like you know them – So you say Hello! How have you been?! Like a neighbor come home from an extended vacation. That is the kind of impact he had on his audience. This is how I will remember him: – Top 10 Stuart Scott SportsCenter Commercials

In recent years, he inspired so many friends, colleagues and otherwise complete strangers by his valiant battle with cancer. StuartScott1 in 2007 and never wanted to know what stage his cancer was. He just resolved to fight. For his fans, for his family, for his two gorgeous daughters and his girlfriend. He was honored just a few months ago at the ESPY Awards, receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Watch the award presentation and his acceptance speech here. Please have tissues available…a lot of them.

My favorite quote from this speech (9:45), “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.”

Videos by his ESPN family and broadcast highlights:



Rich Eisen’s Farewell

Stuart Scott’s Legacy

SportsCenter Tribute


Articles about Stuart Scott:

Sports headlines used Stuart Scott Catch Phrases in tribute

He lived, loved and inspired in such a short 49 years of life. His daughters can be so proud to have a dad who was such a hero to so many who never even met him. We can all learn from such a bright light who blazed a trail for so many to follow. May you Rest in Peace!

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