My favorite days of the year tend to be the last two weekdays at the end of May and July Fourth.
Why? Because the Scripps National Spelling Bee and Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest are my two favorite events on the sports calendar. With the Spelling Bee starting tomorrow--it will be just as good, plus this year ESPN adds Erin Andrews--it's time to give you my picks to spell it all the way to the top.
Just to give myself credibility, last year I had the eventual winner Evan O'Dorney as my fifth pick out of the 286 spellers. Who wouldn't have gone with little kid, big brained Samir Patel, who bowed out uncharacteristically early in his final go?
Before I start, I'm challenging myself a little more this year by only picking a top five. With a record 288 spellers, it's going to a tough task, to say the least.