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 kids 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.
This weekend, I participated in a marathon comic-creating event (see below). At four in the morning, it was time for a new page, and my brain was shot. I’d already been awake for 20 hours so the logical thing for me to draw was Hello Kitty jumping through the clouds near a rainbow. Almost immediately after the sketching process, I realized how much I hated that stupid cat. But I did have lots of enjoyment searching Google images for “Hello Kitty.”
Onto The Ocho.
The Love of My Week
The Ballerina was watching some show on Hulu that I didn’t really care for nor have any idea what was going on. But then this actress (who I think was a doctor of some sort) came on screen. After a little while of pretending to get into it, I asked, “What’s this show” which is secret guy code for, “This chick is hot; I want to IMDB the show to figure out who she is.”
Turns out it was Rachel Bilson who most guys would know from Jumper (or from The OC, if they were seeing someone in college who was obsessed with that show). Anyway, Bilson has that cute, girl-next-door look and those smiling eyes. I’m definitely a sucker for that. While most women does have a signature hairstyle that drives me wild, she does seem to rock any look and look equally sexy. Ah, heck, just go here.
I think this allows me to avoid the frying pan treatment for another week.
The Number of the Week
As in 24-Hour Comics Day: the annual event that has artists from around the world working to create their own 24-page comic in as many hours. The event was held between the hours of noon Saturday and noon Sunday and was quite the challenge. I hooked up with my Artists Jam crew at Omaha’s Krypton Comics and got a chance to work on some of my own artwork (see Hello Kitty), completing more work in a 24-hour span that I ever have before. Check out #24HCD
Our host Fredd Gorham (who has completed the challenge twice himself) live webcasted the event with several Jammers on the internet. while none of us in the shop completed a 24-page book, we did have one who completed 12 pages in just 18 hours. Gorham stressed throughout the night that the whole idea behind 24-Hour Comics Day is not to create a great comic; it’s about learning about yourself as an artist.
“A lot of this event is about learning what your strengths and weaknesses are as an artist trying to tell a story,” Gorham said. “If you did not complete 24 pages, BUT came away with a better understanding about how you work as an artist, I would consider that a win. Besides, there is always next year.”
The Alpha Dog of the Week
Typically, pitchers win series MVP awards, but former Colorado Rocky Marco Scutaro hit .500 in the National League Championship Series and did whatever it took to get his team a Game Seven victory and his first trip to the World Series.
The Logical Explanation
Last week the San Francisco Giants destroyed the national anthem. In Game Six of the National League Championship Series, some lady with a stupidly inappropriate hat forgot the words to “God Bless America.” The logical explanation for all of this is that San Francisco hates America. You add in the fact that they hosted Game Seven during the third presidential debate while God-loving folks in the midwest were distracted, and I think they’re trying to start a war.
Video of the Week
When I have free time (very rare), I enjoy cruising YouTube for old wrestling videos. Typically, it’s major events or at least major wrestlers. But this week I stumbled across a match from In Your House 13: Final Four. It was the opening match between Leif Cassidy and Wildman Marc Mero. This is the pre-Al Snow days and pre-Marvelous Marc days but does include the always sexy Sable.
Also, stick around for Flash Funk!
The Completely Unsubstantiated Rumor of the Week
Kansas State, who is currently ranked third, is known for scheduling cupcakes. In order to keep his team in the national championship hunt, head coach Bill Synder is petitioning the NCAA to change his schedule to include more teams from the Sad Seven.
Shazam of the Week
Since I mentioned Leif Cassidy and Sable rocking the shades inside in the video of the week, why not hit you with a little Corey Hart action? I wonder if he’s related to the Hitman. (By the way, they advertise some Taylor Swift song in a banner ad and the pre-video ad is some sort of electro-pop song.)
Wild Card of the Week
This weekend, Andrew Cumbee posed a very important man question: “Can I buy candles or is that an automatic man card revocation?”
The folks at Yankee Candle came up with their own way around this quandary, but what do you think?
Have suggestions for who you feel belongs in The Ocho? Think our jokes are lame? KNOW our jokes are lame. Let us know in the comments.