Well, folks, the highlight of the sports broadcasting year is over. The 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee has come to a close when Arvind Mahankali spelled the word “knaidel” correctly to win the best “sporting” event of the year.
The best part of his victory? He could not have been less excited.
He got a little smirk when he knew he got a word he could handle, even if it was a German-based word (Arvind’s spelling arch-nemesis), then went into full statue mode and deadpanned through the entire confetti celebration.
Kid has got the look, presence and concentration of a champion.
The spelling bee, for some reason, catches America by storm every year and finds its way onto ESPN or ABC. It probably outperformed the Miami-Pacers game from last night.
Nothing like sitting through two-and-a-half hours of watching a bunch of pre-teens that are way smarter than any of us will ever be and spelling words that only exist in some weird spelling-bee vortex. (RELATED: Ten tough words and the kids who spelled them [SLIDESHOW])
Looks like they’ve tried to liven up the festivities a bit with some silly “could you use that in a sentence” examples.
Nice to take the pressure off of the kids with a little light humor, but no thanks says Arvind’s game face, I’m as cool as a cucumber.