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Spelling Bee 2017: Which D.C athletes have the hard names to spell?

Spelling Bee 2017: Which D.C athletes have the hard names to spell?

On Thursday afternoon, the finals of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place at the Gaylord National Resort & Casino in Oxon Hill, Md.

The Spelling Bee is one of the many great "It's not REALLY sports, but it's wacky-yet-interesting competition and I'm kinda OK with that" events that fill the offseason months.

It's almost like the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest, but for kids ... and with words.

If you think about it, the Spelling Bee is basically just an orthographical and etymological hot-dog eating contest. Yeah. Let's go with that.

Bu that aside, the finals of the annual Spelling Bee are taking place in our backyard and it once again got us thinking about some of the most difficult and confusing DC athlete names of past and present.

Watch the above video.

It will properly explain just how hard it is to spell "Gheorghe Muresan" out loud, without time to prepare. It's not easy.

But Muresan is hardly the lone D.C. athlete name that gives writers and broadcasters fits.

-- Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (Georgetown 1997-2001): A name so Boumtje, they'd Boumtje'd him twice.

-- Al Iafrate (Capitals 1990-94): Sounds like "Al Eye-uh-fray-tee."
Pronunciation spoonerism:"Eye Al-uh-fray-tee."

-- Kirk Cousins (Redskins 2012-Current): K-I-R-K, C-O-U-S-I-N-S
Common Misspelling: Curt Cousins, Kirk Cousin, Curt Cousin

-- Gus Frerotte (Redskins 1994-98): Sounds like: "Fur-rot"
Ex.: After running head-first into an end zone wall, GUS FREROTTE will miss the Redskins' next seven games.

-- Odrisamir Despaigne (Orioles 2006): 85 Scrabble points for "Despaigne."

-- Tom Gugliotta (Bullets 1992-94): Sounds like "Googly-aught-uh." 
Alternate Spelling: "THE GOOGS!"

-- Kirk Hinrich (Wizards 2010-11): Often confused with similarly sounding "Curt" (kert).
Origin: Low Germanic/Nordic. One of too many iterations.

-- Sonny Jurgensen (Redskins 1964-74): So many potential ways to spell "Jurgensen." Only one way to spell "Sunny" "Sonny."

-- Kory Lichtensteiger (Redskins 2010-16): Sounds like "Cory Lickten-styger." 
Ed. Note: Why can't you just spell it with a "C"? 

-- Shaone Morrisonn (Capitals 2003-10): "Shaone Morrisonn" is a copy editor's worst nightmare.

-- Michal Neuvirth (Capitals 2008-2014): Nueverth? Newvirth? Neuverth? Nuevirth? Noiverth? Nouverth? 

-- Jayson Werth (Nationals 2011-Current): Why, just why?
Similar: Y, just Y.


Delle Donne scores 25, Mystics get 7th straight victory

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Delle Donne scores 25, Mystics get 7th straight victory

Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, Kristi Toliver added 19 and the Washington Mystics used an 18-2 fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Fever 76-62 on Wednesday night.

Washington (21-11) has won seven straight and is one game behind second-place Atlanta (22-10), with the top two seeds getting double-byes in the playoffs.

Monique Currie scored 14 points for Washington. She made back-to-back 3-pointers to start Washington's 12-2 game-opening run. The Mystics were 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished 9 of 22.

Delle Donne, Toliver and Currie each scored in double-figures in the first half to help Washington take a 48-41 lead.

Natalie Achonwa led Indiana (5-27) with 15 points. Candice Dupree added eight points and became the ninth player in WNBA history to reach 6,000 points. Dupree needs two points to tie Lauren Jackson (6,007) for eighth on the scoring list. Diana Taurasi leads the pack with 8,506.

Indiana started the second half on a 10-0 run to take its first lead at 49-48.

The Washington Valor are Arena League Champions


The Washington Valor are Arena League Champions

Washington, D.C. is still the city of champions.

The Washington Valor defeated the Baltimore Brigade 69-55 in a Ted Leonsis owned battle of the beltways.

The Valor, who had gone 2-10 during the regular season, took on the 7-5 Baltimore Brigade as their underdog heading into Saturday's championship match.

Quarterback Arvell Nelson put the Valor on the board first with a touchdown during the second quarter. Nelson had a record-setting game with 223 yards passing and five touchdowns.

This is the Valor's first-ever championship title.