Welcome to The Ocho: your source for sports, pop culture and (lame) humor. Each week, we give you the best in each of eight (or “Ocho” as the French say) categories. You’ll figure it out as you go along. (And when you do, please explain it to us.) So kick back, relax, enjoy. We’ll wake you when its over.
The Love of My Week
Disclaimer: I have a love of my life already: I’m engaged and getting married in May. I have to write that so The Ballerina doesn’t give me the frying pan treatment.
Anne Hathaway is a babe. She’s developed quite a bit since her Princess Diaries days and is not afraid to take interesting roles. I finally saw Dark Knight Rises and she was drop-dead gorgeous. Of course, Andrew Cumbee will argue that she was a throwaway character, but it doesn’t matter to me. The spiked heel to the head was enough for me.
The Alpha Dog of the Week
For years, I have been dying to see the music of John Williams performed live. The guy is to Spielberg films what Jon Facenda is to NFL Films. Williams is the quintessential American composer and conveys emotions better than any other musician I can think of this side of Eddie Murphy. The concert was in celebration of his 80th birthday. And has anyone had a better 11-year run than Williams had between 74-84? (And that was just a start!)
1974-Earthquake and The Towering Inferno (consecutive months)
1975-Jaws (Oscar nominee)
1977-Star Wars (Oscar) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Oscar nominee)
1978-Jaws 2 and Superman (Oscar nominee)
1980-The Empire Strikes Back (Oscar nominee)
1981-Raiders of the Lost Ark (Oscar nominee)
1982-E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (Oscar)
1983-Return of the Jedi (Oscar nominee)
1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Oscar nominee)
Video of the Week
Indeed. John Williams is The Man!
The Number of the Week
As in the number of losses this season by Ohio, Ohio State and Cincinnati. While many states have some pretty good football programs this year (including Oregon who boasts two FBS undefeated teams), only Ohio has a trifecta of squads without a loss.
The Logical Explanation
Ohio State third strong quarterback Cardale Jones tweeted “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.” While many people are up in arms about this, the logical explanation is that it was merely a grammatical error. Jones was obviously tweeting about the Playskool toy line for kids. What he was saying is that Playskool is for kids while college is for the more mature.
The Completely Unsubstantiated Rumor of the Week
Commissioner Goodell has placed new sanctions on the New Orleans Saints following Sunday night’s game. Sean Payton had special permission to be there for Drew Brees’ record setting night. However, it was discovered Payton had a microphone in his box and was able to communicate with Brees throughout the game. Goodell is expected to vacate the win and the record among other punishments.
Shazam of the Week
“Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” by Journey.
I was driving to work a few days ago and had this woman next to me blaring some terrible music that rattled the doors of her SUV. So I turned up the volume on this song to drown out her noise, make me laugh and introduce her to the sexy serenades of Steve Perry. (The hair alone is worth a watch.)
Wild Card of the Week
Dwight Howard changed his nickname from “Superman” so he wouldn’t be in the shadow of having another sports legend’s nickname. Instead he chose “Iron Man” which is the nickname of both Cal Ripken Jr. and Laker legend AC Green, both known for their consecutive-games played streaks like Dwight. This is just the latest chapter in “What is Dwight Thinking?” Like Gump’s chocolate box, Dwight Howard is a wild card.
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