Take the D.C. sports spelling bee quiz


Yes, but can you spell Jordan Zimmermann? (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The 87th edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee began Tuesday, and while this year’s contestants have breezed through words such as uitlander, durwan and pickelhaube, it’s unlikely that any of them could spell Oleksiy Pecherov.

How well can you spell the frequently botched names of these D.C. sports figures? Highlight the blank spaces to reveal the answers, which are also listed below.

Current Players/Coaches


(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa


(Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Nationals catcher Jhonatan Solano


(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wizards coach Randy Wittman


Roberto Serra/Iguana Press – GETTY IMAGES

Wizards 2012 second-round pick Tomas Satoransky


(Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo


(Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather


(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski


(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov


(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz

Throwbacks

Nationals player who hit first home run after franchise moved to Washington Terrmel Sledge

Capitals left wing (’91-’03) who is ninth on team’s all-time games played list Steve Konowalchuk

Wizards guard God Shammgod

Redskins lineman who started 36 games at left and right tackle in the late ’90s and was NFL’s first Iranian-born player Shar Pourdanesh

Cameroonian Georgetown center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje

Answers:
Danny E-S-P-I-N-O-S-A
J-H-O-N-A-T-A-N Solano
(Answer key was originally wrong for Mr. Solano, so give yourself two points if you got it right.)
Randy W-I-T-T-M-A-N
Tomas S-A-T-O-R-A-N-S-K-Y
Brian O-R-A-K-P-O
Brandon M-E-R-I-W-E-A-T-H-E-R
Mikhail G-R-A-B-O-V-S-K-I
Evgeny K-U-Z-N-E-T-S-O-V
Evan S-M-O-T-R-Y-C-Z
T-E-R-R-M-E-L Sledge
God S-H-A-M-M-G-O-D
Shar P-O-U-R-D-A-N-E-S-H
Steve K-O-N-O-W-A-L-C-H-U-K
Ruben B-O-U-M-T-J-E - B-O-U-M-T-J-E

How’d you do?

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.
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