President Donald Trump's mysterious tweet referencing “covfefe” remained live for six hours before it was deleted.
Then the leader of the free word issued a challenge.
As a sports blog on the internet, we accepted. And we can report, with reasonable certainty, “covfefe” is not an allusion to anything even tangentially related to the world of sport.
A Covfefe has never risen to the professional ranks in the four major leagues. These guys are the closest surnames to the mysterious noun.
Major League Baseball
Covelli (Coco) Loyce Crisp: 15-year journeyman outfielder, .265 career hitter, led American League in stolen bases (49) in 2011.
Stan Coveleski: Righthanded starter from 1912-1928 who compiled 215 career wins. Two-time AL ERA champion. Tossed nine shutouts in 1917.
Harry Coveleski: Brother of Stan. Racked up only 81 victories.
Jack Coveney: Went 2-for-14 in 1903 for St. Louis. Brief cup of coffee.
Dylan Covey: Rookie starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox who is winless in eight starts. Likely not on Trump’s radar yet.
Robert Covington: Fourth-year player and somewhat important part of the 76ers trusting the process.
Jimbo Covert: Offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears in the 1980s. Super Bowl winner.
No one close.
Tom Coverdale? Bud Covell?
Covfefe is not a city or a mascot. It is not a technical term or rule. It is not the nickname of a beloved player.
Trust us, we tried very hard to make even the slightest connection and came up empty.
So, in summation: not a sports term. Probably just an errant attempt to spell coverage. Really not much of a mystery at all. And yet, it will surely be the No. 1 trending topic until the next important internet thing. What a time to have WiFi.