Our recap of the Scripps' National Spelling Bee -- Here's why it was the best five hour of TV last week

By Tim Stack
Updated June 13, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Our recap of the Scripps’ National Spelling Bee

Who knew it could be so cool to not be cool? On June 2, ESPN aired the annual Olympics of geekdom. At the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 273 youngsters fought each other verb and noun to win more than $28,000 in prizes — all while battling the most formidable opponent: puberty. Anurag Kashyap, 13, wept after he clinched victory by spelling appoggiatura (an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone). Finally, a champion for all of us who got picked last in gym class and — oh, I don’t know — spent all our free time indoors, reading Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. I’m just being hypothetical, of course.

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