The National Spelling Bee Preliminaries start this morning on ESPN3.
I'm totally serious when I say this is my favorite televised event of the year.
This guy articulated my feelings perfectly: National Spelling Bee: Sport Is A Breeding Ground of Clutchness
I tried to get my family and friends to have our own Spelling Bee 2012 while we watch it on TV...
They looked at me like I was growing horns.
The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Watch This Year:
- Boys and girls are fairly evenly matched (136 to 142). It's a battle of the sexes.
- Lori Anne Madison, age 6, will be the youngest competitor in the history of the bee. She sounds like a pretty cool kid.
- This will be the 5th and final Bee for Rahul Malayappan and Nicholas Rushlow.
- The Champion of the Bee wins $30,000 in cash, a $2,500 savings bond, and a $5,000 scholarship? So freaking cool. Read about the rest of the prizes here.
- You just might learn something.
Get revved up to witness the "army of marching human dictionaries," and test yourself to see if you could have qualified for the semifinals here.
Even at 28, I'm still not worthy of The Bee.
Here's the schedule if you want to tune in with me:
Preliminaries: Wednesday May 30th 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN3
Semifinals: Thursday May 31st 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2
Finals: Thursday May 31st 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN
Are you going to watch?