We Turned Spelling Bee Loser Jacob "What?" Williamson Into A Rap Star

We all had our laughs about poor Jacob Williamson, the 15-year-old eighth grader whose excited misspelling of "kabaragoya" left him a spelling bee loser but viral video hit. We thought he deserved something better, and when it comes to "WHAT?" there's only one expert: Lil Jon. » 5/29/14 10:41pm 5/29/14 10:41pm

Have Spelling Bee "Winning Words" Always Been So Obscure?

Arvind Mahankali won the 2013 National Spelling Bee on "knaidel," a type of dumpling. The winning word the year prior was "guetapens," before that "cymotrichous," and before that "stromuhr." Have bee-winning words always been this insane, or is this a recent development? » 5/29/14 11:49am 5/29/14 11:49am

Spelling Bee Semifinalists Set To Ultimate Warrior's Intro Music

Is there anything better than watching kids gleefully race to the stage after hearing their names called as Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinalists? Yes, there is! It's watching kids gleefully race to the stage with the Ultimate Warrior's theme music, "Unstable," as musical backing. » 5/28/14 6:06pm 5/28/14 6:06pm

Is The Scripps National Spelling Bee Evil?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—That fucking bell. There's always a split-second between the moment a contestant at the Scripps National Spelling Bee finishes a word and the moment that bell rings out, and in that split-second you can see everything: panic, fear, terror, embarrassment, denial, anger ... all of it. » 5/31/13 5:15pm 5/31/13 5:15pm

Pick Your Favorite Kid: The Scripps Spelling Bee Hunger Games

Tonight, at 8 p.m., 11 children selected by lottery from the 50 districts of the post-apocalyptic nation of The United States of America will battle to the death on live television, in a competition that combines the erotic violence of vampires making love in a pool of blood with the danger and unpredictability of… » 5/30/13 8:48pm 5/30/13 8:48pm

The National Spelling Bee Will Now Include Vocabulary Tests

When you're watching the spelling bee, do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that some of the kids simply memorized the dictionary? » 4/09/13 1:22pm 4/09/13 1:22pm

Samantha Steele Mixes Up Her Indian-American Spelling Bee Contestants

After a National Spelling Bee filled with children holding back tears in front of a national audience, the academic equivalent of pageant moms, and every appearance from the wonderfully weird home-schooled girl from Philly, it took ESPN's poor sideline reporter to give us the most cringeworthy moment of the night.… » 6/01/12 10:15am 6/01/12 10:15am

Your Scripps National Spelling Bee Live Blog

You know what the national spelling needs to make it even more compelling? INJURIES. No one ever gets physically injured during a spelling bee. Oh sure, there's extensive PSYCHOLOGICAL damage that occurs when children get eliminated and their dads won't even give them a hug when they get escorted back to their chair.… » 5/31/12 7:55pm 5/31/12 7:55pm

"Sabermetrics" Was A Word In The Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, which alongside poker, cheerleading, and hot dog eating constitute the E for Entertainment in ESPN, featured an actual sports word in the third preliminary round of its competition today in Washington, D.C. as "sabermetrics" made its appearance. » 5/30/12 3:55pm 5/30/12 3:55pm

The 6-Year-Old Who Qualified For The National Spelling Bee Might Be An…

At the tender age of six, Lori Anne Madison just became the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Nerd Olympics, otherwise known as the Spelling Bee. But despite the media attention and mounting pressure, Lori Anne says she's not nervous at all. "I've been in competitions with older kids before."… » 5/29/12 5:10pm 5/29/12 5:10pm

Your National Spelling Bee Open Thread

Yeah, this is going to get MURDERED by the Finals tonight. But the Spelling Bee really is the tits. ESPN's coverage is a million times better this year, with Sage Steele instead of Erin Andrews (at least in the early rounds), and now they don't spoil the words for you before the kid starts to spell. » 6/02/11 8:30pm 6/02/11 8:30pm

Here's A Taste Of The Child Torture That's Happening Over On ESPN Right…

This is what happens when a Jamaican kid is given a Sanskrit word, and shipped off back home, never to return. » 6/02/11 2:28pm 6/02/11 2:28pm

The Curse Is Over, Cleveland!

America's newest tween spelling champion is Anamika Veeramani. Her sponsor for the Scripps National Spelling Bee? The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. Here's a word for you, Bron-Bron: F-A-C-E-D! » 6/05/10 11:10am 6/05/10 11:10am

And You Thought Winning The Spelling Bee Was A Longshot

"Over the years words like "Ilanders" (Islanders), "Leaes" (Leafs) and "Bqstqn" (Boston) have found their way onto the Stanley Cup, while more than a dozen players and coaches have had their names butchered." That's Sidney with an I, Louise St. Jacques! Someone with a silent S should know better. [WSJ] » 5/21/09 5:30pm 5/21/09 5:30pm

ESPN Upgrades Its Spelling Bee Coverage


Hate to ruin your day, but Mike & Mike are out as hosts of the Scripps National Spelling Bee coverage on ESPN and ABC in May. Taking their place will be the perky Tom Bergeron — whose work on America's Funniest Home Videos was once again overlooked by the Nobel Committee — and a very special sideline reporter. » 4/23/08 11:40am 4/23/08 11:40am

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,… » 2/10/06 11:35am 2/10/06 11:35am