MANITOU SPRINGS, COLO. -- It was an ass-kicking. A blowout of epic proportions. It was an exhibition of total domination from start to finish on a Scrabble board.
Steve "ColoradoGuy" Garufi kicked the sorry ass of friend Jae in Scrabble with the final,
lopsided score being 495-236 (see scorecard below), a whopping 259 point deficit.
The game of Scrabble happened on the outdoor patio of the
Townhouse Lounge in Manitou Springs, and to add insult to injury,
Jae's paid the entire tab at the local establishment, a
generous offer she made before the game had begun.
"I always feel so horrible when I destroy someone in a game like that. Jae's a good
sport … but this was definitely an ugly game," explained Steve, who
admitted to occasionally trash-talking Jae
as they enjoyed dinner and played in the outdoor patio at the restaurant and bar.
Steve's 83-point score turned the game into a complete blowout, when he placed
all seven tiles to create "DOUBTERS" on a triple-word score.
"What's so funny is I always beat my Dad…"
explained Jae, who has never beaten Steve in Scrabble but considers
herself above average, "so he'll probably crack up
when he hears how bad I lost."
Jae and Steve often play Scrabble with each other
and their contentious match last month gained publicity when Steve lost his temper.
in an argument over the validity of the word "ZOE".
"It's not a word," yelled Steve, "and I wasn't going to let her cheat like that!"
Just last week, Jae suffered another crushing defeat: a 461-198 trouncing, a
263 point deficit. Yesterday's loss was a 259 point differential, thus making
her performance at least statistically better in one respect.
Sam Johnson in Woodland Park, posted a suggestion on this website's forum: "Maybe you shouldn't
post the scorecards every time you beat her
so badly. That's go to be an antagonizing thing!"
This most recent blowout defeat reminded some in
Colorado about the horrible play of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
"The way you manhandled her," said Josie in Denver, "It just reminded me of
the smackdown the Seahawks did to the Broncos. I'd be entirely humiliated if I was her."
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