14samirtries.jpgSo today’s the day, kid. Your whole life, all thirteen years of it, have been leading up to this moment. Just one question:

What’s it like to peak at seven?

Because if you lose this one, that’s going to be your epitaph. You’ll never be able to live it down.

Ever.

Just ask Freddy Adu, Todd Marinovich, or Ludwig Wittgenstein. Sure, you won the North South Foundation National Spelling Bee at age seven, but that’s like winning the Grey Cup. And let me ask you this, who won this year’s Grey Cup?

My point exactly.

Your rookie year, at age nine, you took home the bronze. Casual observers quickly tapped you the favorite for the 2004 Bee, but hardcore spelling analysts knew there were huge holes in your game. Sure, you finished third. But you lost on “boudin.” Half the cast of Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras could probably spell “boudin.” And most of them went to state schools. (more…)