If you haven't seen Neil Everett anchor SportsCenter, then you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be played.
In the sixth grade, I learned the Oregon Football 2007-08 Media Guide from cover-to-cover. In the first three pages there was a brief rundown of the University. With my extensive knowledge of Oregon sports, and my lack of ability to actually ever make it into the "Roster" section of the media guide, I decided that I would go to the SOJC, and become a sports writer. It didn’t hurt that I could turn on The Mothership and point to another Duck that’s doing it.
I always wanted to be an Oregon beat writer. When I got to college, however, I found myself becoming interested in so many other things. I got busy and I no longer had time to commit the media guide to memory. I was disappointed in myself, but I had been adding so much more dimension to the things that I love.
I have had the dumb luck to meet a handful of personal heroes in recent years, but none more meaningful (or more frequent) than when I’ve met Neil Everett. Neil told me that every night, on the show, he aims to surprise you with all of the non-sports stuff that he can fit into a highlight reel. I value my Duck knowledge, but I know that I’m a stronger and smarter writer because I can write about much, much more.