Sports is big business, with ESPN right in the middle of a lot of it, but it’s nice to see the cable sports behemoth hasn’t lost at least a little of the sense of humor and fun that fueled its rise to popularity.
I say that after reading a press release Thursday detailing ESPN’s plans to turn ESPNU into ESPN8: “The Ocho” for one day only next Tuesday, Aug. 8 (yes, that’s 8/8).
The Ocho, for fans of silly yet hilarious sports comedy movies, was a fictional channel from the 2004 film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”
In the spirit of that made-up channel from 13 years ago, the channel usually reserved for college sports will, for one day, instead be filled with offbeat programming such as championships in darts, roller derby, arm wrestling and — of course — trampoline dodge ball. Most of the events have been shown on an ESPN channel at some point, but bringing them all together on one day is smart and fun.
You can read a full description of the channel lineup for the day right here. And remember, as always: if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.