Yesterday was pretty much Christmas in August thanks to ESPN, and trust me when I say that nobody left a better gift under the tree this year than them. Now despite my recent frustration with most of ESPN’s coverage and programming, their move yesterday of playing nothing but obscure sports for 24 hours straight was such a breath of fresh air and I really hope they continue doing so in the future. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to explain real quick. “ESPN 8: The Ocho” was a fictional network from the 2004 film, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”. Their niche was to cover less popular and odd sports, hence why they were televising a dodgeball tournament. Here’s a clip from the movie that sums up the premise quite well
“If it’s almost a sport, we’ve got it here” is the perfect quote to define what The Ocho stood for in the movie, and hopefully what it will stand for in reality someday. Yesterday seems to have been a test by ESPN to see how the public would react to the idea, but with electric sports coverage like this, how could you not be all in on ESPN 8: The Ocho?
After watching all the action yesterday and this quick Twitter recap today, I can’t help but wonder why I even bother watching more traditional sports anymore. Why watch baseball when there’s light saber fighting and professional tag out there? These guys are the real athletes, and it’s about damn time they start getting the exposure that their talent deserves. So ESPN, do the right thing here and make The Ocho it’s own channel, or at the very least it’s own program. Because if you decide to axe this brilliant idea, that’ll be a really bold move Cotton, and I don’t like how it would play out for you guys. When it comes to ESPN 8: The Ocho, I want it. You want it. The whole world wants it. In fact, that doesn’t even do it justice: We don’t just want more Ocho, WE FUCKING NEED IT!