Aside from a couple of dunks, there wasn't much to watch in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Monday night on ABC. But in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN, kids were dunking on every one of us, rattling off words many adults never knew existed.
Ananya Vinay from Fresno, Calif., was the last kid standing. The 12 year-old spelled "marocain" -- a ribbed crepe fabric used in women's clothing -- correctly to win the Bee with authority.
As a resident of Cali and a Warriors fan, Vinay couldn't leave the stage without giving a shoutout to her hero Steph Curry, who had finished off a 113-90 rout of the Cavs the same night.
The title was hotly contested at the end between Vinay and 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev. Here's a brief list of words the pair spelled correctly at the end of the Bee that in no way should make you feel really, really dumb.
The moment of the night came from 8th-grader Shouran Dasari, who gave the correct spelling of "mogollon" -- a prehistoric American Indian people inhabiting the mountains of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico -- before the TV producers even had time to show it on the screen. Complete baller move.
Meanwhile on ESPN … Shourav is making it look easy in the Scripps National Spelling Bee �� pic.twitter.com/Tt9VwGQENl- ESPN (@espn) June 2, 2017
If the NBA Finals are going to play out like they did on Monday night, we're going to need this kind of counter-programming. Maybe there'a a Scrabble tournament or something like that going on Sunday night.
Cy Brown writes about soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.