Yes, I’ll admit… I was one of those people that turned off the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals and turned on ESPN for the final five of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (luckily, I turned back with just over a minute to go in the game, whew). There’s just something about kids spelling strange words that makes for compelling television. However, the Spelling Bee could become so much more if there was an announcing team in place to give the event the excitement it deserves. We went to Twitter to ask AA readers who their fantasy Spelling Bee announcing team would be. Any play by play guy. Any analyst. The results were amazing. As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People…
Dascenzo Rod Allen and Chris Berman
Dayman_OS Gus (“SOUND IT OUT AND FIRE!”) and John Madden (“You put a x here, a o here, a z here, and BOOM you got a spelling champ!”)
sgsmith_23 Vin Scully, Clyde Frazier.
tjbasalla Gus and Hubie Brown
redveale Keith Jackson and Charles Barkley.
LevityNYC John Sterling – “You can’t predict Spelling Bees.”
Kevin_Hebert Harry Caray and Mike Shannon..Hearing them try to pronounce the words would be phenomenal
ellenlai Mike Emrick and Charles Barkley
markmagnuson7 Brent Musberger and JR from WWE. The word “partner” would be said 47,000 times.
bryanbrackney Emmitt Smith, all by himself
modernishfather Bob Uecker and Jim Deshaies. I’d pay to hear them cover the bee.
joebeacham Zombie Ernie Harwell and Drunk Rick Sutcliffe
itsjordylive Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and a translator (totally necessary).
philiptang77 Al Michaels and Bill Raftery who could yell onions after someone got a word right
hawks586 Hawk Harrelson solo..”HE GONE”
DLefchak The late Harry Kalas (“That kid’s OUTTA HERE!) & Tim McCarver (“The kid who spells the most words right will probably win.”
SportPundits Kevin “right between the eyes” Harlan and Bob “slightly racist jokes” Griese
hawknut I want Rick Sutcliffe and Patrick Warburton (as David Puddy). No, seriously, make this happen immediately.
yeatdog Gus Johnson and Buck Laughlin
mhfight dick vitale and dikembe mutumbo
bielik_tim Gary Thorne and Cavaliers Color Analyst Austin Carr.
JeffDLowe Dream Spelling Bee Announcing Team: Harlan (Is this the dagger? B4 end of a word) or Ian Eagle (THAT’S A MAN’S WORD!)
RYbbc34 Andres Cantor and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
glokkenspx Jim Nantz (think of the pun potential) & Johnny Miller (love to see him bash a 12 year old chocking under pressure)
HoosierdaddyIU Gary McCord and Vern Lundquist #whothehellishappygilmore
Dan_Brookens Harry Caray and Gilbert Gottfried.
matthewcoller I’ll take Marty + Thom Brennaman. Marty trashes kids not from Cincinnati, Thom worships the Christian-looking kids
Dayman_OS Dennis Miller, so he could incorporate the words being spelled into obscure jokes that nobody gets.
walshie414 Jack Edwards and either Tommy Heinsohn or Hawk Harrelson
J3rdWatson Howard Cosell and Tim McCarver. Perfect blend of of pretentious and oblivious.
Dascenzo Harry Caray and Ron Santo would be unbelievable.
GlasgowSmile21 Howard Stern and Simon Cowell
KevinWhite24 Jim Ross
TheLYONSDen89 Dream Spelling Bee PBP team: Gus Johnson and Ron Santo
EspoAZ Easy,Harry Caray and Will Ferrell playing Harry Caray. Could spell the words and then tell you what they are backwards.
RadioFish Keith Jackson and Dickie V. “That kid…is a hus” “He’s a diaper dandy I tell ya!”
StevenCarroll8 chris berman, because he so horrible it would be great, and phil rizzuto, would not understand what was going on
djstarion Dream Bee PBP: Brian Collins and the reanimated corpse of Rebecca Sealfon
Would one of these teams be your choice or is there another fantasy announcing team that are tweeps might have missed?