Thirteen years after Average Joe’s took on Globo Gym in a dodgeball battle for the ages, ESPN is finally making “ESPN 8: The Ocho” a reality.
On Aug. 8 (a.k.a 8/8), ESPN will honor the 2004 cult classic “Dodgeball” by transforming ESPNU into ESPN 8: “The Ocho,” per a release.
The network will air classic sports such as disc golf, roller derby, ultimate frisbee and of course, dodgeball (trampoline style, though). If it’s almost a sport, they’ll have it.
Though esteemed analysts Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks will not be available to provide commentary during the broadcasts, the excitement on social media was palpable.
ESPN 8: The Ocho is going to replace ESPN U for an entire day.
Please have Pepper Brooks & Cotton McKnight call a real game. pic.twitter.com/WMYSStuwVX
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) August 3, 2017
Nothing makes me smile more than hearing that ESPN 8 "The Ocho" is becoming a real thing
— Harrison Plaza (@OneJEWcyGuy) August 3, 2017
August 8th will be the best day in sports history on ESPN8 "The Ocho"
— braxton tea (@BTea06) August 3, 2017
ESPNU really becoming The Ocho. pic.twitter.com/IrzdyfgufZ
— Newo Zeravla (@J_Nole22) August 3, 2017
I will be applying for a job at ESPN8, The Ocho, should it become a regular thing.
It should become a regular thing.
— David J. Majors (@JustCallMeDjm) August 3, 2017
It’s a bold strategy from ESPN. We’ll have to see how it plays out for ’em.