Our second-favorite sporting event besides baseball might be spelling bees. Before you S-C-O-F-F, please try attending one. And for an extra dash of adrenaline, watch your own kid compete in one. Whew.
Lucy has spelling potential. She was the last kid in her age group to be eliminated (sounds harsh, doesn't it?) in the community school bee. She wasn't nervous, she spoke up, and everyone was proud of her. No hesitation on second-round words such as hassock and gazelle. The word she didn't get was shogun. The whole bee was a great experience.
Every year we watch the Word Series, also known as the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. This year it will be held May 26-29. We defy you to view watching this event without absolutely having to witness every minute.
Anyhow, since we are in a logophile frame of mind, we will combine wordplay and Met-erificness for a contest. The prize is an unopened jumbo pack of 1989 Topps cards:
with ancient bubble gum included. Also, Dinged Corners will add cards of your favorite team or player.
We'll provide a definition and you provide the correct answer, which will in every case include the letters M-E-T. Whoever comes up with the most correct words the fastest will get the pack.
Ok, please put on your thinking caps. Or do whatever works for you with your caps.
And remember, somewhere Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Doug Mientkiewicz are watching you.
Fill in the words:
1-A flying ball of gas with a tail. (Not Manny Ramirez.) ________
2-Fate; predetermined destiny. Such as when you aren't going to buy baseball cards at Target, just pick up some detergent, but then you grab a blaster, and in that blaster is an autographed card of your favorite player. This is called ________.
3-Alfonso Soriano broke one last season. _______
4-Pleasing proportionality and balance, such as in a baseball card. ________
5-A small sand to boulder-sized particle of debris
in the solar system. __________
6-With extreme precision
and attention to detail. _________
7-"The strange _______ note of the meadowlark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades." (Ambrose Bierce) Or maybe the vibrant clash
8-A reinforced eyelet, or a small metal or plastic ring
used to reinforce an eyelet.
9-Endurance; having strong character. _________
Father/son photo from JayBee's blog. Andy Van Slyke card from Capewood's Collections. Tomo card from Trader Crack's. (PS More great cards from Cliff and Ryan tomorrow.) FWIW, our favorite word movies: Akeelah and the Bee, Wordplay (relevance alert: Mike Mussina's in it!), Spellbound.