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    Nihar Saireddy Janga, 11, left, and Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar, 13, hold the trophy as they celebrate being named the co-champions of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, May 26, 2016.

    Never really understood Dez Bryant’s “throwing up the X” post-touchdown celebration. But like Kenny Gant’s “Shark Dance” in the ‘90s, fans embraced it.

    It branched out even more on Thursday when the X took center stage at – of all places – the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Co-champion Nihar Janga channeled Bryant after his win, crossing his arms above his head to mimic Bryant’s move. Janga, a 5th-grader in Austin, is a rabid Cowboys fan.

    (Two asides: Did Scripps and Howard get a divorce? And how are there co-champs in a spelling bee?)

    In a very cool gesture, Bryant went to Twitter to congratulate Janga:

    you just made my whole day buddy .. Congrats on winning the #spellingbee champ .. Some how some way I have to get you to a game #x

    While treated to a game, perhaps Janga can give some grammar pointers to Bryant?

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.