W-H-O I-S T-H-E M-A-N!
Updated: June 2, 2006, 2:23 PM ET
When I handicapped the National Spelling Bee field Wednesday morning, I picked eight spellers out of the group of 275. So I had a 2.9 percent chance one of my picks would win. The odds were about 10 times better heading into the final rounds last night as four of the final 13 were my spellers. And I knew I was in good shape when two of the final three spellers -- Katherine Close and Saryn Hooks -- were in my top 8. Close, the No. 3 pick overall, prevailed. But that's not the best prediction I had. Last night, before the finals, I went on "The SportsBash" on ESPN Radio. Host Erik Kuselias asked me a series of questions about who the winner would be. My response was the winner would be a girl from east of the Mississippi who did not wear glasses and was not homeschooled. Furthermore, the final championship word she would win on would have an "e" in it and would be fewer than 10 letters ("ursprache"). That pretty much describes Katherine Close and her win. Don't believe me, check out the audio clip.
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