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Scrabble Cheating Scandal - 2012 It's not often that the U.S. National Scrabble Championship tournament prompts a discussion on an ESPN panel show, gets feature coverage on CNN, is reported in numerous overseas newspapers, and has an op-ed piece in the New York Times written about it, but it happened at the 2012 tourney in Orlando. Why? A youthful competitor was disqualified for cheating. It was the first time in the tournament's 35-year history that a player was booted out of the Nationals. The minor, whose identity is being protected by the North American Scrabble Players Association because of his age, was caught 'palming blanks' before his 24th-round match on Tuesday, August 14. At the previous year's tourney in Dallas, suspicions were raised about the same player because he only had six tournaments' worth of experience and did not possess especially strong word knowledge, yet he consistently scored exceptionally well. After the tournament, one suspicious opponent polled the boy's other opponents and discovered the youth had gotten about 90% of the important blank tiles over 31 games--which is statistically improbable. The legitimacy of the boy's 2011 performance was widely debated on Internet Scrabble forums, with the accusers often being denounced as jealous or sore losers. At the 2012 event, the boy's 'lucky tile drawing' again appeared. Before round 24 began, after all 100 tiles were supposed to have been put into the tile bag, the youth's opponent suspected that the boy had palmed the two valuable blank tiles instead of placing them into the bag. He summoned a tournament director (referee) to examine the bag to see if it contained 100 tiles or just 98. Just as the director was about to begin his count, an alert player at a nearby table shouted, 'He just threw two tiles onto the floor!' Sure enough, they were the two blank tiles. The youth was quickly disqualified--and the close-knit tournament Scrabble world knew about it almost immediately through Internet tournament coverage and social media. The I-told-you-so crowd had a field day. The news spread quickly beyond the Scrabble chatrooms. Within 40 minutes the story was on ABC News' website and on CNN's within an hour. Without much delay, the story spread to most of the English-speaking world, garnering print media coverage in Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, among other far-flung places. The British enjoy a good scandal, so it was not too surprising that UK newspapers were escpecially interested in the youth's disqualification. A picture of the youth, cleverly Photo-Shopped to show him playing Scrabble behind prison bars with the vertical caption 'BUSTED' (written in Scrabble tiles, of course), circulated in cyberspace. John D. Williams of the National Scrabble Association joked, "We're one step away from drug testing." Nigel Richards, a brilliant New Zealander who lives in Malaysia, won the the tournament and the $10,000 first prize for the third time in four years in a spectacular manner--but Richards' feat was almost completely overshadowed by the juicy cheating scandal.
Tags: Scrabble  scandal  cheating 
Added: 5th September 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Last Peanuts Cartoon - 2000 The last installment of the beloved comic strip Peanuts was drawn by its ailing creator, Charles M. Schulz, on January 3, 2000. Schulz was afflicted with cancer and was no longer well enough to continue drawing Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the gang after nearly 50 years at the helm. Since newspaper cartoon strips are typically drawn well in advance of their publication date, the final Peanuts cartoon appeared in Sunday newspapers on February 13, 2000--the day after Schulz died at age 77. This is part of it.
Tags: Peanuts  cartoon  comic  strip  Charles  Schulz 
Added: 6th September 2012
Views: 1880
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gilligan Island Intro Bob Denver Passed away today That song will forever be etched in my brain Im sure im not the only one May he rest in peace I
Tags: Bob  Denver  Gilligan 
Added: 7th September 2012
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Posted By: Marty6697
Airplane 2-Irony Can Be Pretty Ironic This scene is loaded with gems of puns~!
Tags: Airplane  2-Irony  Can  Be  Pretty  Ironic  William  Shattner    Robert  Hays  Julie  Hagerty  Lloyd  Bridges  Chad  Everett  Peter  Graves  Rip  Torn  Chuck  Connors  Stephen  Stucker  Wendy  Phillips  Sonny  Bono   
Added: 7th September 2012
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Posted By: Steve
Blues Clues Steve Burns Then And Now Like so many, Steve Burns left the small town of Boyertown Pennsylvania and moved to a basement apartment in Times Square to become an actor. He found his first work as a voice over talent when he landed the role of Steve on Blues Clues. After 6 years and over a 100 shows in the role he finally left to pursue his first love of music. Many rumors of his departure swirled mostly that he died a heroin overdose to being killed in a car crash. Steve toured the media circuit to dispel the rumors, which also helped publicize his new career.
Tags: Blues  Clues  Steve  Burns  Then  And  Now 
Added: 10th September 2012
Views: 8314
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Posted By: Cliffy
Airwolf Introduction One of the best shows of its time , Airwolf I still remember pretending my matchbox cars could take on Airwolf even with Hawke and Ernest Borgnine.
Tags: Airwolf  Ernest  Borgnine  video  introdcution 
Added: 14th September 2012
Views: 1138
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Posted By: dusman
Blues Clues Steve Burns On Leaving The Show Steve Burns left Blues Clues and rumors swirled. He went on the talk show circuit to dispel the rumors and to plug his new venture.
Tags: Blues  Clues  Steve  Burns  Nickelodium  Kids  TV  Indie  Music  The  Today  Show 
Added: 10th September 2012
Views: 1581
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Posted By: Cliffy
Karsten Braasch vs Williams Sisters One 'battle of the sexes' sports event that has curiously not gotten much attention was the impromptu beatdown that an obscure male German professional tennis player named Karsten Braasch handed to both Serena and Venus Williams during the 1998 Australian Open. At that event, the Williams sisters confidently walked into the Australian ATP office and boldly announced that either one of them could beat a top-200 male player. The 30-year-old Braasch, who had been ranked 38th in the world at his peak in 1994 but had dropped to 203rd by 1998, accepted the sisters' crazy challenge. On January 26, 1998, with no advance publicity, the three of them went to a distant practice court to play a couple of sets. There were no officials and no TV cameras present--and only a smattering of spectators who happened to wander near the court by chance. Serena, then 16, was blasted 6-1 by Braasch. Venus, a year older than her sister, fared only slightly better, losing 6-2. Braasch gleefully rubbed in his dominance by smoking cigarettes and drinking beers during the changeovers. Serena, who would win the women's title at the U.S. Open later that year, was humbled by the shellacking. "It was extremely hard," she told reporters who descended upon the challenge match. "I didn't know it would be that hard. I hit shots that would have been winners on the WTA Tour, and he got to them easily." When Braasch was asked if either of the Williams sisters could beat a top male player, he opined, "Against anyone in the top 500, no chance--because I was playing like [number] 600 today."
Tags: tennis  Karsten  Braasch  Williams  sisters   
Added: 12th September 2012
Views: 33299
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mork and Mindy TV Intro ah, everyone remembers Mork and Mindy right, remember when TV used to be just this simple? Robin Williams and Pam Dawber
Tags: Mork  and  Mindy  TV  Intro  Robin  Williams  Pam  Dawber 
Added: 18th September 2012
Views: 1681
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Posted By: dusman
Flintstones - Everybody Into the Pyool This scene, from a Season #3 episode, provides one of the most enduring lines from the entire run of The Flintstones: "Everybody into the pyool!"
Tags: Flinstones  pyool  quote 
Added: 17th October 2012
Views: 1037
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Posted By: Lava1964

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