It's Clearly Time For Spelling Bee Instant Replay

Some Seahawks fans could maybe learn a thing or two from 14-year-old Sara Beckman. The Reno, Nev. eighth grader was dissed by the refs at the Washoe County Spelling Bee on Tuesday, ousted by a judge even though Beckman had correctly spelled the word in question, "discernible." Beckman's parents, dictionary in hand, protested the gaffe — but not until later. That wasn't enough for spelling bee officials, who said that, like in a football game, the protest had to come before the next play was run. To that, Beckman's parents replied, can you spell "lawsuit?" We pick up the story from there via the Reno Gazette-Journal:

After lawsuits were threatened in the spelling bee disqualification of an eighth-grade girl, organizers decided Thursday that the top three finishers will advance to the state competition. That means Sara Beckman, eliminated from the Washoe County Spelling Bee despite correctly spelling "discernible," now will compete in Las Vegas later this month.

Wait until we get to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. That's when things really get cutthroat.

Top Three Finishers to Attend State Spelling Bee [Reno Gazette-Journal]