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Ripped from “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” fame, ESPN8: The Ocho is surfacing once again this week, with the fictional oddball network coming to life with 24 hours of sports programming that’ll tickle your fancy.
If you want more than just the plain ol’ Olympics, then The Ocho has everything you need: From foosball to pogo sticks, there’s no shortage of out-there fringe sports programming that’ll keep you satisfied all day, on Friday, Aug. 6.
You may have been to the Great Wall of China. You may have seen the Great Pyramids of Giza. You may have even witnessed a grown man satisfy a camel. But never in all your years will you witness something as ridiculous as ESPN8: The Ocho.
Here’s how you can catch it:
How to watch ESPN8
- When: Friday, Aug. 6
- Channel: ESPN2
If you’re looking for ESPN8 on your cable guide, you won’t find it: ESPN2 will host all 24 hours of the events after undergoing an aesthetic rebranding into ESPN8 on Friday.
What is ESPN 8 The Ocho?
First appearing in the 2004 film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, ESPN8: The Ocho is a play on the ESPN family of networks (there are only one or two million of them, after all) which only broadcasts the bizarre, out-there sports you wouldn’t normally watch; Things like marbles, cup-stacking, Tetris and air hockey.
ESPN8 made its real-world debut in 2017, with the network also airing in 2018. After a year hiatus, The Ocho returned in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, providing live “sports” for the nation.
ESPN The Ocho schedule 2021
The Ocho returns this week with a few days of “preview programming” before its 24-hour run this Friday.
Here’s this year’s schedule for the network for Friday, Aug. 6:
|2 a.m.||Slippery Stairs as Part of the Ocho|
|2:30 a.m.||2019 Golden Tee World Championship|
|3 a.m.||Jelle’s Marble Runs|
|3:30 a.m.||Putt Putt World Championship|
|4 a.m.||2019 Las Vegas Highland Games|
|4:30 a.m.||Professional Arm Wrestling Championship|
|5 a.m.||IDEAL Electricians National Championships|
|6 a.m.||Stupid Robot American Championships|
|7 a.m.||Table Shuffleboard Crazy Eights|
|8 a.m.||Minecraft: Battle of the Boroughs|
|9 a.m.||Foosball World Cup|
|10 a.m.||DGPT Best of Disc Golf Presented by Discraft|
|11 a.m.||2020 Tetris Championships|
|1 p.m.||Strongman: Clash on the Coast Record Breakers|
|1:30 p.m.||CROSSNET Sand Series: SoCal|
|2 p.m.||Franklin Rock River Stone Skipping Tournament|
|2:30 p.m.||Stern Heads-Up Pinball Invitational|
|3 p.m.||Air Hockey Invitational|
|3:30 p.m.||World Championship Rototiller Races|
|4 p.m.||2021 Corgi Races at Emerald Downs|
|4:30 p.m.||2021 Bagger Bowl|
|5 p.m.||52 Annual World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest|
|5:30 p.m.||2020 USA Mullet Championships|
|6 p.m.||2021 US Air Guitar Championships|
|7 p.m.||World Chase Tag USA 2021|
|9 p.m.||2021 ACL World Championships (Live)|
|11 p.m.||2020 Death Diving World Championship|
2019 Golden Tee World Championship
You’ve probably seen it at your local arcade (wait, arcades are still a thing, right?), but we bet you didn’t know that Golden Tee Golf has a hyper competitive scene, resulting in getting its own timeslot on The Ocho.
2021 Bagger Bowl
Ever feel the pressure to bag groceries at your local ShopRite or Kroger? Well, the 2021 Bagger Bowl takes that to a whole new level, with competitors bagging groceries to be named “The Legend of Bagger Bowl.” Or something.
Extreme pogo — colloquially known as Xpogo — is everything your mother warned you about when you first stepped onto a pogo stick. Pogopalooza takes the best of the extreme pogo people and pits them against one another.
2021 Corgi Races at Emerald Downs
Looking for your fix of canines after the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? The 2021 Corgi Races at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Was. come to you at 4 p.m. ET for a
Minecraft: Battle of the Boroughs
Your little cousin, brother or annoying kid on local transit screaming about “Minecraft” was right: The video game super-sensation is localized to New York City for the Battle of the Boroughs using its “Educational” version of the game to pit students against one another.
2020 Tetris Championships
Let’s play some “Tetris.”
2020 USA Mullet Championships
Business in the front, party in the back. The 2020 USA Mullet Championships come your way on Friday. Joe Dirt, Mike Gundy and Jaromir Jagr are not expected to be in attendance.