Thursday, June 2, 2011

I am a turophile.

No, that's not a typo for pedophile. And give yourself a pat on the back if you took the time to google it and learn a new word today. It's a new word that I learned today thanks to ESPN's broadcast of the annual National Spelling Bee. As I sat there playing along with the students, it became more and more engrossing as the competition went on. The words were getting harder and more mess-ups happened. I was intrigued by some of the spelling prowess of some of these tweens but what got me hooked was tuning in to see if the next contestant would misspell their word. Now I can spend the rest of this post arguing why a spelling bee shouldn't be broadcasted on the Entertainment Sports Programming Network but let's leave it for another day. What's up for discussion today is what's the most popular sport where the spectators watch and wait for something bad to happen?

For the sake of the argument, let's just say a Spelling Bee is a sport. Who remembers the winners? The only kids I remember are the ones featured below.

Racing. I was never a big racing fan as I didn't see the logic in racing around a track for a couple of hours to determine who's the best, but this past weekend's Indy 500 finish might just get me hooked.

This is a no-brainer (no pun intended): boxing.

Skiing anyone?

Last but not least, this one is a personal favorite of mine. To those who don't watch it for the artistry and technicality of this sport, you probably watch it for this.


I wish ESPN would air Mathcounts again like they did a few years ago.

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