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.
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa
Nationals catcher Jhonatan Solano
Wizards coach Randy Wittman
Wizards 2012 second-round pick Tomas Satoransky
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo
Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather
Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov
Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz
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
(Answer key was originally wrong for Mr. Solano, so give yourself two points if you got it right.)
Ruben B-O-U-M-T-J-E - B-O-U-M-T-J-E
How’d you do?