The overwhelming favorite Samir Patel went down. He biffed on Clevis.
"I'm just angry at myself," he said repeatedly, while being mobbed by media members. "Because the first thought in my mind when I heard the word was 'clevis,' and I wanted to just say that out, but then I remembered my approach and I was cautious and I asked all the questions. And I guess I shouldn't have on this one because otherwise I would have got it right. I overthought it."
I asked him when he would get over the disappointment, and he said "right now."
He said a lot more, but my tape recorder ran out of batteries, as usually happens at these moments, especially since my next interview, during which my tape recorder appeared to be working, was with Stuart Scott, who launched into his extended thoughts about sports blogs, words that will be forever lost to history.
And now Samir Patel and family, who were extremely gracious a few minutes ago, are reportedly challenging the results.
I can tell you that Scott said interviewing Patel is quite similar to interviewing, say, Tim Duncan.
Also, that he believes there are two things you never forget: the word you missed in the spelling bee, and the name of the first person you kissed, boy or girl.
The word he missed was "raspberry." He left out the P. He had preceded this by correctly spelling February. He said he will never forget "raspberry."
As for his first kiss, it was sixth grade, and her initials were "A.V.," but he wouldn't tell me more. He said it was just a peck.