ESPN reports that Stuart Scott has died of cancer at 49. As you probably know, he's had more than one bout with that terrible disease and fought like a lion. No one could have done better.
Scott was one of ours, meaning of the ACC and the Triangle. He was a UNC guy through and through and naturally we respected that.
He had immense energy and was a lot of fun. He took some of ESPN's stuffiness and shredded it.
Like most of you we lament his passing from a distance. For his family and loved ones, it's a devastating loss.
For us around here, Scott is one more sports figure we've lost to cancer - Everett Case, Jim Valvano, Kay Yow and now Scott.
He was from all appearances a good man. He should've had decades left.
How to honor him? Make a toast next time you get a chance, and when you get settled in at night, remember his great catch phrase: cool as the other side of the pillow. We expect he'd have appreciated that.