SDS Mailbag: Best ESPN8 The Ocho sports, best cookout sides and sports documentaries following COVID-19
The Korean Baseball Organization has started games this week, and they’re being broadcast on ESPN in the wee hours of the morning. My adopted NC Dinos are a perfect 3-0 after a season-opening sweep of the Samsung Lions.
In other sports news, I’m soon going to have to adopt a German Bundesliga soccer team, as that league has been cleared to return on May 16.
Hopefully, the U.S. can soon follow suit with its sports leagues. But, with 50 different states all doing their own thing, it will be difficult to coordinate anything over the next few weeks. Maybe by July, we can start having baseball again.
Things seem to be pointing toward a football season this fall in some form, but there’s still a long way to go. Until then, go Dinos!
Here are your questions for this week’s Mailbag:
You have to get rid of 1 popular cookout side. Which 1 has to go between potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and corn on the cob?
This might not be a popular opinion, but I’m giving coleslaw the boot. Potato salad is my favorite. Nothing beats corn on the cob on a nice summer evening. And, if you add bacon to baked beans, it takes the dish to a whole new level.
Coleslaw doesn’t really do much for me. I’m fine with having a little bit of it on a pulled pork sandwich or something like that, but I don’t particularly care to eat it by itself.
Honestly, if I went to a cookout and there wasn’t coleslaw, I don’t think I’d even notice. Gotta have plenty of potato salad for me, though.
If you were the programming director for ESPN8: The Ocho, what would you have playing in primetime? Deadlifting 1,100 pounds is impressive, but it lacks the drama of marble racing.
In case you missed it last Saturday, ESPN aired 11 hours of strange sporting events, starting with Thor Bjornsson setting a world record by deadlifting 1,105 pounds:
Thor Björnsson aka "The Mountain" from Game of Thrones, broke the deadlift world record, lifting 1,105 lbs. pic.twitter.com/YH6P8Bc66p
— ESPN 94.9 (@ESPN949) May 2, 2020
From there, the network aired things like marble racing, lawn mower racing, arm wrestling, Tetris and Golden Tee championships and more.
Robert is right. Marble racing is exciting because it seems to be just total and complete chaos:
ESPN the Ocho is currently airing… marble racing… 2020 is quite the time to be alive!! 😂 pic.twitter.com/i3rcyp4VAh
— Richie O'Reilly (@richieoreillyIV) May 3, 2020
But, if I were in charge of programming, I’d stick with The Ocho’s roots. The whole “ESPN8: The Ocho” thing is a reference to the popular movie “Dodgeball,” which was released in 2004. I think it would be great to air some actual dodgeball during primetime.
If not that, then definitely the Stupid Robot Fighting League:
ESPN The Ocho might possibly be the best thing ever. Who needs sports when you have things like Championship Rock Skipping and my favorite, Stupid Robot Fighting League. pic.twitter.com/k9R0cyuVQE
— heisman02 (@mlopez1920) May 2, 2020
How can you not love whatever the heck that is?
The year is 2042. The world is experiencing some random pandemic accurately predicted by a clip from The Simpsons from the mid-90s. What 10-part sports documentary gets released focusing on a player/team from the 2020-21 season post-COVID?
I think there will be something made about a player who tested positive for COVID-19 or a documentary following a team in a hotspot like New York City.
Some early candidates for such a documentary include Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, who tested positive for COVID-19; Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, who infamously touched every microphone at a press conference and was then diagnosed with the virus (and led to a strained relationship with Donovan Mitchell, who also tested positive); and perhaps something about a team like the New York Giants or Jets, who will have to play games potentially in an area hit really hard by the coronavirus.
If the SEC goes forward with a college football season and the other conferences decide to hold off, I think that would certainly be worthy of a long documentary, too.
But, for now, if I had to pick a favorite, I’ll go with the Rudy Gobert story. I mean, how do you come back from something like that in the eyes of your teammates?
If you had to choose only 1 sport to return this summer — Major League Baseball, the NHL playoffs or the NBA playoffs — what would you pick?
That’s a tough call because it entirely depends on whether I can go to the games. If fans are allowed in some capacity, I’m choosing baseball. All I want to do right now is go sit outside in the bleachers and drink a beer. It doesn’t even matter what teams are playing, to be honest.
But, if there are no fans, I would probably choose the NBA playoffs. By avoiding the NHL playoffs, it means my St. Louis Blues continue to reign as champions, which is fine with me.
In the NBA, though, I’d like to see how the rest of the season would play out. There are plenty of intriguing storylines with LeBron and the Lakers, Kawhi and the Clippers, Giannis and the Bucks and Jayson Tatum and the Celtics. This was shaping up to be a fun postseason before the pandemic hit, and I’d like to see some sort of playoff tournament take place before the fall, if possible.
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