Friday, November 09, 2007

Continuing Coverage

I'm pleased to present DAY TWO of the continuing coverage of the NaturalBlog's second birthday celebration. How long will it go on? Who knows? In the meantime, kick back and enjoy this post from The Vault -- all the way from June 1, 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.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Sarah said...

Two years of blogging, and I still have the distinction of being the only reader you've never met. (Right?)

Happy Birthday, NB.

November 10, 2007  
Anonymous Holy Moses said...

Dear NB - Happy Birthday ! Navel Gazing (yours) is enough celebration for me. However, congratulations are in order for proving, even when you are not at your computer, that you can be funny each and every day. Thanks for the laughs...and the memories. You are perfect entertainment.

November 12, 2007  

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