In Scrabble of all things…
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — One of the top young Scrabble players in the country has been kicked out of the game’s national championship tournament in Florida after he was caught hiding blank letter tiles, organizers said Tuesday.
John D. Williams, Jr., executive director of the National Scrabble Association, said that a male player was ejected from the 350-player event in Round 24 of the 28-round event.
The cheating was spotted by a player at a nearby table, who noticed the ejected player conceal a pair of blank tiles by dropping them on the floor, organizers said. Blank tiles can be used as wild card letters. When confronted by the tournament director, he admitted to it, organizers said.
“One of the top young Scrabble players in the country,” really? I guess with the popularity of apps like Words With Friends (a total Scrabble ripoff) interest in the decades-old board game has increased. Maybe they can get Alec Baldwin to MC the finals.