ESPN 2 Will Become ESPN 8: The Ocho This Sunday
In an effort to fill a full day of sports, ESPN 2 is turning into ESPN 8: The Ocho.
If The Ocho sounds familiar, that's because it was first brought to life on the movie "Dodgeball," when the dodgeball tournament was aired on the fictitious ESPN 8: The Ocho. ESPN actually adopted The Ocho in 2017 and has aired each August 8 (8/8) ever since.
While it's not August 8th, we currently are without any sports. That's why now is a good time for a full 24-hours of seldom seen sports, which is exactly what ESPN 8: The Ocho will deliver on Sunday, March 22 on ESPN2
According to ESPN, the line-up includes:
- Stupid Robot Fighting League: Created in New Zealand by John Espin (Yes, that is his actual name.), Stupid Robot Fighting is a rather unique form of fighting that pits two life-sized hanging puppets controlled by an operator sitting behind each Stupid Robot.
- 2019 Jelle’s Marble Runs: Races in which both participants and spectators are marbles.
- Cherry Pit Spitting: The 46th Annual Cherry Pit-Spitting Competition is held each year in Eau Claire, Mich., with one goal for competitors—to spit the farthest cherry pit.
- Sign Spinning: The 12th Annual World Sign Spinning Championship, held in Las Vegas, brought together AArrow Sign Spinners from more than 50 cities and a dozen countries to asses style, execution, and technical sign spinning ability.
- 2007 World Sport Stacking Championships: Sport stacking can be an individual or team sport where participants stack specially designed cups in predetermined sequences as fast as possible.
- 2019 Death Diving World Championship: An amateur diving sport performed from a 10m platform with separate competitions for Classic and Freestyle.
These might not be the sports we want to see right now, but dang it, it's sports nonetheless. We have to take what we can get sometimes. Besides, if you haven't seen these marble races before, you're in for a real treat.
The action kicks off at midnight on March 22nd on ESPN 8: The Ocho (AKA ESPN 2). For the full schedule of events click here.