I was in a spelling bee once. I was in fourth grade and invited to the New Jersey regional spelling bee, and I didn’t want to go. I refused to study my words and got knocked out in the third round on the word ”kayak”. I was a total embarrassment to school and family.

But spelling bees weren’t cool then. At what point did they become something aired on ESPN and covered by sports people?

Is it an endurance thing? Mental strength? Apparently contestants are so exhausted that they’re dozing off during competition, but a sport?

Sport or not, these kids are sharp. Last night, 14-year old Snigdha Nandipati won the National Spelling Bee by spelling the word “guetapens.” It’s not “kayak”, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Maryland’s Katie Schwarzmann was honored Thursday as the nation’s top lacrosse player.

* Clemson pitcher Mike Kent has been donating stem cells to his brother who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

* RGIII is growing more comfortable with the Redskins’ offense.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Got burned by kids @ScrippsBee. Me: “You know where I keep my dictionary? Right here (points to head). Kid: “Then it’s pretty limited.”

— Michael Jenkins (@michaeljenk) May 31, 2012

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
RGIII on his comfort level:

“I can go on the field, look London Fletcher in the eyes knowing I’m about to complete a pass on him.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Spelling bee kids are saucy...


(AP)

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Nats host Atlanta at 7 p.m. on MASN but according to the Capital Weather Gang, it’s not looking good for gametime. Baltimore is at Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.

RIDICULOUS THINGS
* You decide, what’s more ridiculous? That this guy didn’t check out FedEx rules before he went, or that he had to sell his tickets and his son missed the U.S.-Brazil game because FedEx wouldn’t let him in with his backpack.

* With all due respect to Bradley Beal, we probably won’t need him to “fall” to get him.

* Now RGIII’s arm is “legendary”. COME ON, PEOPLE!! Get a grip.

RANDOM

Anthony Bourdain hanging out with Omar and Marlo from the Wire.


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