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Who says spelling isn't a sport?

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has more in common with sports than just ESPN coverage. Story

Updated: June 2, 2007, 4:08 PM ET
By DJ Gallo | Page 2

People ask all the time -- Why is a spelling bee on ESPN? Spelling is not a sport.

Well, I beg to differ. For one, there is a lot of athleticism involved in being a champion speller, as the speller must run, jump and juke to escape those who wish to give him a wedgie or wet willy.

But that's not the only reason. If you listen too closely to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, you'll hear that many of the example sentences for the words are given in sports contexts. It lets you get caught ...

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