ESPN8 The Ocho: Top Highlights, Funny Reaction, Schedule for Wednesday's Events

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2019

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ESPN8: The Ocho, a popular event spurred by the 2004 movie DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, returned to ESPN's airwaves Wednesday with a series of unique sporting events.

Here's a look at the complete schedule airing on ESPN2 (all times Eastern):


Midnight: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

2 a.m.: 2019 Spikeball College Championship

3 a.m.: Big Buck World Championship XI

3:30 a.m.: World Lumberjack Championship

4:30 a.m.: World Axe Throwing Championship

5:30 a.m.: 2019 Las Vegas Highland Games

6 a.m.: 51st National Stone Skipping Competition

7 a.m.: Best of Chess Boxing

8 a.m.: Professional Arm Wrestling Championship

8:30 a.m.: American E-Kart Championship: Anyone's Race

9 a.m.: E:60 on ESPN8

9:30 a.m.: Moxie Games 3: Jugglers Under Attack

11 a.m.: Dodge Juggle 3: Revenge of the Dodgeballs

ESPN Player @espnplayer

It's back and "it's time to separate the wheat from the chaff". 😤 🔥@espn The Ocho 📺ESPN Player https://t.co/hCs46AKCN1

Noon: 2019 U.S. Pizza Team Trials

1 p.m.: 46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship

1:30 p.m.: Putt-Putt Championship

2 p.m.: 2019 Golden Tee World Championship

2:30 p.m.: School Bus Figure 8

3 p.m: European TramDriver Championship

4 p.m.: 2018 Classic Tetris World Championship

4:30 p.m.: 2019 Jelle's Marble Runs

5 p.m.: Lawn Mower Racing

5:30 p.m.: 2019 Stupid Robot Fighting League

6 p.m.: IDEAL Electricians National Championship

7 p.m.: 2019 World Sign Spinning Championship

7:30 p.m.: Slippery Stairs

8 p.m.: 2019 WCO World Cornhole Championship

9 p.m.: America's Dodgeball Continental Cup: USA vs. Canada

10 p.m.: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story


Some of the events push the boundaries of what can be considered a sport. While chess boxing and arm wrestling certainly have their merits, stone skipping and lawn mower racing are questionable, though not any less entertaining.

Peter Burns @PeterBurnsESPN

ESPN8 the Ocho is coming out of the gates with 🔥🔥this morning. Stone Skipping is intense https://t.co/BOXV8gwEMs

Headis, which is basically pingpong using your head instead of a paddle, exhibits far more athleticism than you may have expected.

ESPN @espn

"Turning his whole body into a torpedo with a nuclear war headis." That's one way to describe this play. #TheOcho https://t.co/H1CFnllNNz

Morning Consult conducted a poll ahead of ESPN8: The Ocho to get a feel for what people think qualifies for a sport. The most split vote among Wednesday's highlighted events was mini-golf, as 52 percent called it a sport and 46 percent said it's not:

Morning Consult @MorningConsult

"The Ocho" returns to @espn tomorrow, which got us thinking: What are people classifying as a sport these days? Well, we asked. New from @markjburns88 and @jpiacenza: https://t.co/XW3Mlk1xe1 https://t.co/BZPMJ03rKm

Perhaps checking out The Ocho will change some people's perception of putt-putt.

Competitive juggling only received a 36 percent positive vote, but that may change after watching dodge juggle—trying to maintain focus while someone whips a dodgeball at your face.

Chris Fischer NBC6 @FischerNBC6

This is awesome, Dodge Juggle on #TheOcho #ESPN8 Ouch town population you bro! https://t.co/RKde3y5Myk

Meanwhile, there was also a look at event's that won't be in the Olympics anytime soon, but were still captivating in the their own way. For example, pizza dough tossing.

Austin Huff @AustinHuff

I was on the fence about this whole ESPN The Ocho thing until I saw this https://t.co/Rc7rmyOkti

But the fan favorite may have been the Tetris Championships.

Birthday Bro 🤠 @JohnP_TTU

I am watching #ESPN8 The Ocho right now and woooossss classic Tetris world championships is innssaannneeely fast lol my eyes hurt just following the blocks lol I can’t imagine trying to play as well lol

Elsewhere, sign-spinning featured one of The Ocho slate's most athletic feats when a competitor took off his shirt mid-routine:

ESPN @espn

HE TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF MID-SPIN 😮 #TheOcho https://t.co/4eSeg4SIVv

Climbing stairs isn't considered an impressive accomplishment, but it is for this group of athletes trying to find their footing on slippery ground:

ESPN @espn

Slippery Stairs needs to be in the Olympics. #TheOcho https://t.co/8FEZSyjqUY

Naturally, the night ended with a Dodgeball Continental Cup matchup, and it was just as exciting as Average Joe's championship comeback win over Globo Gym in the movie that inspired the day's programming:

ESPN @espn

Canada was up 12-2 in the World Cup of Dodgeball. USA won in OT 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #TheOcho https://t.co/wLrdd1PJ3r

Team USA beat Team Canada 14-12 in overtime.