Friday, May 30, 2008

Spelling Bee time!

Darn good thing I stopped by A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago five minutes ago... or else I might’ve slept (literally) on the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals later this morning.

I had no idea the Bee was back upon us! I am so happy now!

(Shonda Rhimes, creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” has been live-blogging the early rounds at ALOTT5MA.)

So... 45 kids have reached the semifinal round. At 11 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Pacific), ESPN will broadcast all the action and the drama LIVE from Washington, D.C. ... with ABC presenting the finals tonight in prime time.

And guess what, y’all? There’s a Jamaican girl still in the mix! Yep, a little racial rooting interest for those who might need it. Her name is Sade Dunbar.

Go, Sade! Don’t let the South Asians intimidate you.

(Oh, you know those 45 semifinalists include little Shiva, Sameer, Sidharth, Samia, Akshat, Arushi, Kavya, Jahnavi, Mouctika and Vaibhav. The Indians don’t bullshit!)

Lordy... it’s gonna be like trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve now...

UPDATE (05/30/08): They’re dropping like flies, and it’s only 8:30! Canadian crew’s getting wiped out by words like tonneau and hooley.

10:02 a.m. (Pacific Time) – They’re down to the Top 24... and the black girl’s still in it. ...

10:34 a.m. – Yeah, girl! Sade Dunbar just advanced to the next round. She nailed galbulus... a devilish word I’d never heard of. Look like she struggled with it, too. But she got it! She is one of the Top 16. ...

11:22 a.m. – Aw crap. Sade’s gone. She missed hidradenitis, talkin’ about “H-Y...”

But that’s all right. She finished No. 15 out of 288 competitors this year. And she bore the hopes and dreams of a people on her wee shoulders. I salute you, Sade Dunbar.

26 comments:

Kellybelle said...

There's also a girl from Ghana, Maria Isabel Yirebatiya Kubabom, who is the first speller from Africa, I think. I don't know if she made it to the final rounds.

jjbrock said...

UBM most of the words I can't pronounce but I like watching especially when the kids get stuck an ask the judge what's the root of the word.


How about when they write on that imaginary paper? They are so cute.

Tweezy said...

My girlfriend works for the Bee. She's there now working backstage. I'll tell her to let the spellers know they have your support!

Adam said...

Kelly, she did not. Her first word? The name of the ritual Passover meal. Ouch.

Undercover Black Man said...

Kellybelle: I didn't know about the African speller. Very cool, even though she didn't make the semis.

jjbrock: The invisible writing is adorable. Poor kids... the stress is intense!

bklyn6 said...

Cool!

I know "tonneau" (because I have a watch fetish). I actually spelled "guillouche" right one year (because I have a watch fetish).

I purchased that "Spell Bound" documentary the other day. I've been wanting to see it for some time.

bklyn6 said...

Hey! Didn't they flip-the-Scripps after a Jamaican girl won in 1998? I thought there was some controversy, that folks was upset because a black child had won and the rules were changed.

Urban legend?

Undercover Black Man said...

^ "Spellbound" is a great documentary... you'll love it.

I don't recall reading about any controversy regarding the last Jamaican champ.

bklyn6 said...

Too bad about Sade. Thanks for the play-by-play, UBM!

Andrew said...

My favorite part of the ESPN broadcast - Watching the kids creepily stare at Erin Andrews while being interviewed.

quirkychick said...

Dave - thanks for the play by play! I imagine you cheering Sade on and can totally hear the OOOOOOOOhhhh! when she missed it.

Wanda said...

11:22 a.m. – Aw crap. Sade’s gone. She missed hidradenitis, talkin’ about “H-Y...”

David, you know you need to sit down somewhere and just stop it!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ I didn't mean to give her a hard time... :^)

Undercover Black Man said...

I imagine you cheering Sade on and can totally hear the OOOOOOOOhhhh! when she missed it.

Yah... you know me well.

Wanda said...

Are you seeing this Justin Song? He sounds like Keanu Reeves.

Satyagraha. tough word kid.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ The West Coast feed is gonna be delayed, so it won't start here for another couple of hours.

Which means I better not check these comments, lest I get spoilered.

Wanda said...

ahh. okay, okay. I won't tell you who wins then. Right now I'm watching the final 3!

bklyn6 said...

I'll just say the winner had me at numbnut*.

*Well, that what it sounded like. It was actually "numnah."

Congrats!

Wanda said...

just couldn't help yourself huh brklyn6? lol

bklyn6 said...

Come on now, like you weren't thinking it too, wanda. :P

It was fun! I had my pad and pen too. I got some right like, "basenji", "sinicize" and "thymele." (But, I got more.) Some I missed by one or two letters. Others I missed horribly (like the championship word).

I don't know if annoys anyone when the kids repeatedly ask for clarification. I don't mind because it really helps them a lot. And it gives me a little extra time to get it wrong. :P

bklyn6 said...

(But, I got more.)

But, I got more wrong.

Nietzsche is a tough one for me. So, I was rooting for the girl with the mustache to get "Nietzschean" right.

Wanda said...

yea i was rooting for that word too. almost thought she would mess it up.

What hurt were the kids in the final rounds who missed really difficult words by one letter!? Oh man, talk about a hit to the gut!

Prosepoposia? (sp?) Hell I still can't spell that word!

bklyn6 said...

Yeah, I spelled it, "presoprepeia." WT....?

GenevaGirl said...

I'm so sorry that I didn't get to see this!!! I'm especially proud of the little Jamaican girl. 15th is nothing to sneeze at.

I love seeing academic kids being praised. There is not enough of it. If any of you haven't seen "Spellbound" yet, rent it! I was actually crying at the end I was so happy. I especially loved seeing the Indian kid who had a roster of tutors being bested by the white girl from Philly who just sat at home on Saturday night with her dictionaries.

I also liked "Akeelah and the Bee" and am saving it for when my daughter is old enough to appreciate it. (The Angela Basset character was a bit too over the top though.)

Dave, can we expect a play by play for the National Geographic Geography Bee?

Undercover Black Man said...

Dave, can we expect a play by play for the National Geographic Geography Bee?

I've never seen that. Is it televised?

anais said...

Ha ha. Jamaicans take this ish seriously.

A few years back a Jamaican girl won it - Jody Ann Maxwell. It was like she had won an Olympic medal. I think last year (or the year before) the Jamaican girl came second.

These enthusiasms of the Jamaican populace - track and spelling bees - are kind of hard to explain to outsiders