Renown sports anchor George Michael died early today after losing his two year battle with cancer. He was 70-years-old.
Today's generation is too young to even remember the mark that George Michael made. In fact, when they hear the name, the first thing that probably comes to their mind is the singer who frequents men's bathrooms seaching for relations. They don't know anything about some "The George Michael Sports Machine".
I remember the show coming on late at night. At least it did for us here in the Des Moines area. It had to compete with all the popular talk shows that were on in that same time slot. That also included "The Arsenio Hall Show" which I watched faithfully. However, whenever there was a rerun, I would check out The Sports Machine.
The best thing about that show is it was filled with nothing but highlights from sports. It was as if they took the short sports segments from a news broadcast and expanded it into its own show. So in essence, Sportscenter owes its origins to George Michael's Sports Machine. He was never as charismatic as a Dan Patrick or as hip as a Stuart Scott, but he was definitely on to something with the concept.
We appreciate you for emphasizing the importance of sports highlights, George. Rest in peace.