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National Spelling Bee contestants can't spell Matthew Dellavedova's name

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Being that I cover sports for a living, and given what's happened over the course of the past few weeks, I can spell "Matthew Dellavedova" like it's my own name. However, an average sports fan might have a tough time spelling out the name of the Cleveland Cavaliers guard.

That said, non-sports fans would have to have all the luck in the word to nail down "Dellavedova," you would think, right? But, does this rule apply to the young contestants of the Scripps National Spelling Bee? Surely if there were anyone on the planet that could get the spelling correct, it would be those young scholars...right?!

Well, apparently that's not the case. Some of the contestants were recently given the opportunity to complete the task of spelling the name of one of the most maligned players in the NBA. And, well, it wasn't as easy as you might think.



To a point, that's pretty surprising. Now a surname is a little different than pulling something out of Webster's Dictionary and asking these children to spell it, but you figured it might be a little easier for some.


(h/t For The Win)

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