It’s not Christmas without being publicly humiliated by Dad
It takes a lot of guts to post this kind of humiliation on the internet for all to see. Owen Ellickson, a dad from Los Angeles, has a holiday tradition: He plays his dad at Scrabble and loses absolutely spectacularly every time. And Ellickson live tweets the whole experience so we can all laugh along as he gets utterly destroyed by his dad over and over and over.
The live-tweeting started last year on Thanksgiving, when Ellickson admitted he’s never won a match against his old man.
Rematching my dad in Scrabble. Have never beaten him. He was once top 30 in the American dictionary, but he is old now, and I NEED this
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 24, 2016
He shared updates after each turn, showing he and his dad playing some pretty damn impressive words, like “vouches,” “nautical” and “yupon.” If you didn’t know “yupon” was a word, you’re not alone. These two really bring their A-game.
I get JIN, he bingoes w/ VOUCHES, I BINGO W/ NAUTICAL. That's right, assholes, NAUTICAL— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 24, 2016
Guy plays PETARD. On his own son, this guy— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 24, 2016
In the end, Ellickson’s dad wins that game by well over 100 points.
Dad wins 485-348, Scrabble's so dumb, it'd be dumb to care, hoping to rematch tomorrow pic.twitter.com/l3Xtbmwffo— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 24, 2016
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, they had a few rematches, which Ellickson also live tweets. Unsurprisingly, he never wins. Also, his dad is savage at smack talk.
"Let's try to have a close one," he says. What a monster— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 25, 2016
final score 514-338, the man is an animal pic.twitter.com/mfh9UpyB9N— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 26, 2016
dad 450, owen 308. no regrets about my performance. guy just dismantled me pic.twitter.com/fmAznVRNvV— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 26, 2016
Ellickson got over a year’s break from being humiliated at Scrabble, but this Christmas, he and his dad were ready for another rematch.
back at it. god, he’s smug— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 23, 2017
It went about as well as you’d expect it to, based on their history.
i’m down 267-204— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 23, 2017
had MILTON- w/ a bare E , couldn’t bingo pic.twitter.com/QG90GFmCQM
guy just played QUARE— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 23, 2017
i played PINUP — he said it’s not a word but didn’t challenge & gave me the nine points. guy’s doing donuts on me at this point— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 23, 2017
it’s now 485-275 and he literally got up to use the bathroom— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 24, 2017
At this point, Ellickson is ready to blame anyone and anything for the absolutely crushing defeats handed to him over and over by his dad.
has zero to do w/ why i’m losing but i’m gonna blame this loss on my dumb kids waking up— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 24, 2017
Luckily, the end was near.
well, i kept him under 500. did not keep him under 499 pic.twitter.com/u7FRHSq9qG— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 24, 2017
Somehow, though, Ellickson just keeps coming back. He’s truly a glutton for punishment.
i get my rematch in 5 minutes. quick, name some words— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 24, 2017
match #2 goes to Dad 442-345. i consider this level of demolition to be respectable pic.twitter.com/7maQPoHUhj— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 24, 2017
At least that time he managed to lose by less than 100 points, though barely.
Even using heavy Christmas food as a weapon doesn’t give Ellickson the upper hand.
match #3 coming up. i’m rested and he may be tired from ham. could be my SHOT— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 25, 2017
GAH, i had great tile luck but took two risks he challenged successfully — old man takes it 379-324 pic.twitter.com/N5c8AIw5a0— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 25, 2017
Still, Ellickson isn’t giving up. He’s already planning his next attempt.
we are embarking on a family arboretum visit; my next attempt to scale Dad Mountain takes place around 1pm Pacific— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) December 26, 2017
It’s the traditions that really make the holidays special. This tradition, though hilarious for all of us internet onlookers, is a pretty brutal one for this guy. Here’s hoping he manages to win a game someday, but as of now, we don’t like his odds.