An appeal may or not still be underway for Samir Patel, the presumptive favorite, who so graciously exited the stage. A media horde gathered by a back doorway to try to figure this all out.
"We're not going to make any comment to the press," said a word list manager Carolyn Andrews, who then attempted to duck out of sight.
"We need to know what happened!" demanded one press person.
"What happened is I'm talking to the parents," Andrews said. We asked to talk to Samir's mother and coach.
"She said she didn't want to talk to you, I'm sorry," Andrews said.
"Then how do we find out what happened?" the press person said.
"I don't know," Andrews said.
Samir's father, Sudhir, came out, reluctantly.
"I'm not the coach, I'm just a mule that does a lot of legwork," he said apologetically.
"In other words, you're the husband," Staurt Scott pointed out, which was actually humorous.
Someone asked what had changed since Samir was so gracious in defeat, admitting that he just botched a word that he knew.
"Nothing changed, ok?" the father, Sudhir, said. "Samir has been taught to be responsible for his actions. So immediately he was responsible for his actions, and I was with him. Meanwhile my wife goes and does something, because of what she saw, because every individual can look at the same situation differently. So my concern is Samir and taking care of him. Immediately when he went out I went after him. He didn't even want to stay in the room, immediately he came out. He was ready to talk."
"I was with Samir, I was with the press at that time. So that's something that's getting discussed right now."
"And they leave all this on you," Stuart Scott said, sympathetically, as I empty the dictionary of its adverbs.
We tried to figure out whether the basis of the protest was the pronunciation of the word. We went back and forth on this. He gave us a "could be" and a "possibly," but I think he really doesn't know.
"I'm not the coach," he said. "From one pronunciation to the other I wouldn't know the difference."
Then the AP's Joseph White showed up, which means things ought to really get good.