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Some Spelling Bee Controversy

This isn't news if you're glued to the TV, but the Spelling Bee almost had its Tuck Rule Moment today. It was crazy. ESPN person Mike Greenberg, who, for whatever reason, I'm following around, was in the make-up room on the sixth floor. Claire Zhang was spelling some word I've never heard of. She got it right. There was a pause. The bell rang. That means someone thought she got it wrong. I began ranting. Greenberg began ranting. They went to replay. Golic showed up.

Greenberg: "Mike, we've got controversy. I don't know what..."
Golic: "Can they go to tape?"
Greenberg: "Yeah, they are."
Golic: "Did you do your makeup?"
Greenberg: "No, not yet."
Me [Already planning to beat this to death, but failing to come up with a great analogy: "It's like the tuck rule."
Greenberg: "It is, it's like the tuck rule."
Golic: "Did somebody protest it, or did they just..."
Greenberg: "The judges, immediately."
TV Color Person: "...very experienced panel of judges, they take this job verrrry seriously...."
Greenberg: "C'mon, they've got to put her back out there."

[Replay is shown. She clearly got it right.]

Golic: "That's the word."
Greenberg: "That's correct."
Golic: "Oh yeah, there's no doubt."

Still, the replay was endless. Paul Tagliabue was seen cackling in a corner. Columnists prepared to set ink to paper. Justice was finally meted out, correctly.

"Thank you," Michele, the make-up lady, said.
"Good for her," Greenberg said.
"In football, you'd be like, 'She's extra fired up now'," Golic said.

Claire went back to the other kids, relieved. Her prize was an interview with Stuart Scott.

"I was confused and freaked out a little bit," she told him. There was a follow-up, about what she was thinking.

"Um, I was hoping they'd let me go and sit down and continue the competition," Claire told him.

"Worried at all?" Stu asked.

"Um, yeah, a little bit," Claire said.

"A little bit worried, but she said that the word that she got on her oral test earlier was really easy, so stop standing here next to me, go back and get in your position," Stu said to a confused Claire.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 31, 2007; 11:46 AM ET
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Comments

"I was confused and freaked out a little bit,"

That's the common reaction to being interviewed by Stu.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | May 31, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

What happened exactly? Was one of the "very experienced" judges not able to follow along with the answer key while the girl spelled her word?

Posted by: Graham | May 31, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse


Stu's student speller
Challenges the overuse
Of "boo-yah" catch phrase

Posted by: HaikuMan | May 31, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Somebody get Ed Hochuli on this Samir Patel thing

Posted by: MDT | May 31, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Stuart Scott's in town? Well that explains the random "boo yah's" I keep hearing.

Posted by: Kim | May 31, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Stuart Scott comes to DC and the IQ falls even more. This is the dumbest town in the world with Stu and GWB here at the same time. Now there is a spelling bee I'd like to see!!!

Posted by: IQ Test | June 1, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Stuart Scott comes to DC and the IQ falls even more. This is the dumbest town in the world with Stu and GWB here at the same time. Now there is a spelling bee I'd like to see!!!

Posted by: IQ Test | June 1, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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