Thursday, June 01, 2006

Somebody get Akshay Buddiga a chair, and fast

This week ESPN and ABC wake up to what I've been saying for years: Spelling makes for great television. The 2006 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee finals are on network TV. During prime time. Chris McKendry is out on play by play, and Robin Roberts is in. It's even in spectacular HD. I'm not making this up.

This is like geek survivor, with gangly home-schoolers facing off against their gangly public and private school counterparts, comparing the size of their respective mental muscles before they head back to their hotels to don their head-gear and curl up with some comic books. Only the most awkward survive this day.

Could the tension be any greater, when a speller hacks his way through schwarmerei, pausing after that final "I" to see if he'll get the dreaded ding that sends him back to the "comfort room." That's bee-speak for the room for the vanguished, where the weak bawl and even the strong whither under the angry gaze of their "When-I-was-your-age" parents. They should put a camera back there, and put it on PPV. I'd pay $100 to see an eleven-year-old get scolded for not knowing how to spell appoggiatura.

Watch the excitement, distilled one letter at a time, tonight at 8.

3 Comments:

Anonymous snarky snark said...

I see you'd be out in the third paragraph:

"vanquished"
v-a-n-g... "DING!"

June 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh damn!

N-B got s-e-r-v-e-d.

June 01, 2006  
Blogger NaturalBlog said...

I guess I kould edit the mispelling and delete these commends, but its probablie funnier to leaf them.

June 02, 2006  

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