Spelling bee evokes memorable sports misspellings

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With ESPN set to air the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, it's worth remembering that kids in grade school aren't the only ones who occasionally have a little trouble with spelling.

Welcome to the world of uniform typos, probably the most entertaining corner of the uni-verse. Essentially functioning like passive blooper reels, uni typos remind us that a multijillion-dollar industry is only as strong as its most underpaid seamstress' spelling skills. And since nobody has figured out how to load a spell-check function onto a sewing machine, uni typos are sure to continue. Toss in our increasingly "Gotcha!"-obsessed culture, a media climate in which everything is documented in excruciating detail, and the increasing barrage of alternate and throwback uniforms (each of which provides more opportunities for additional typos), and you have the perfect laboratory for an Era of Error.

Here are 15 of our favorite uni typos. And before you judge any of them too harshly, remember that uniforms often involve a lot of words that would be challenging even for the geekiest spelling bee champ.


1. Richard Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons -- March 18, 2008

2. "Nationals" misspelled on jerseys of Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn -- April 17, 2009

3. Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets -- March 14, 2011

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