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 as the Expos say, “Ocho”) 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.
Onto The Ocho.
The Love of My Week
I have long been a fan of Erin Andrews. She is one of the few “sideline reporters” that actually knows her stuff. Oh, yeah, and she’s a stone cold fox. I’d been around her a few times in the press areas at the College World Series, and she was always aware of the cat calls and guys that just thought she was nice to look at. But she was above all that and always took the high road, a woman of confidence. When she left ESPN, I was really bummed out because nobody watches FOX Sports. (Is that channel even around anymore?) But seeing her on World Series coverage is seeing her do what she was meant to do. (And that “Dancing with the Stars” thing was pretty cool too.)
The Logical Explanation
I think I finally figured out San Francisco. They played their two previous series to the limit before sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. However, had the Series gone to a Game 5, it would have been played on Monday night … opposite Monday Night Football … in San Francisco. Not to upset their fans, the Giants closed it out Sunday night so everyone could celebrate at Candlestick Park. That way Danny Tanner could cover both events.
Wild Card of the Week
The Miami Marlins have been a wild card this year on their own. They were supposed to win the division in their new ballpark and under their new brand. Then they finish last and fire their manager because he makes an outlandish statement. (Ozzie Guillen has always been a wild card. He may be a reason to start an Ocho Hall of Fame.)
But we’re talking about the World Series here, and there is no better selection than the team that has been to the playoffs twice, been the Wild Card twice and won the World Series twice before dismantling their team. That brings us to …
The Number of the Week
As in the number of years the Chicago Cubs have gone without winning a World Series.
The Alpha Dog of the Week
I can’t stand the Yankees, but I gotta respect what Don Larsen did in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. He faced 27 batters and NONE reached base. That had never happened in the World Series before and has never happened in any postseason game since.
The Undercard of the Week
Since The Completely Unsubstantiated Rumor was completely lame, we’re debuting a new category here in The Ocho. The Undercard of the Week takes a look at the world of professional wrestling. We will present a match that was either not a main event or maybe it shouldn’t have been.
There’s actually quite a history with baseball and WWE. Wrestlemania has featured both Pete Rose and Bob Uecker twice at the March Classic.Uecker is always best when he’s telling stories so we present to you his WWE Hall of Fame speech.
Video of the Week
One of the coolest things that Major League Baseball did this year was its campaign “Standup to Cancer.” And even cooler was this video they did with standup comedians reliving some of the greatest postseason moments in MLB history.
Shazam of the Week
All postseason long there’s been a song playing on commercials for the MLB Fan Cave. It’s by The Script and is called “Hall of Fame.” There’s a version with Will.I.Am as well, but this is the one playing in the commercial. The video here was really well done as well so that’s an added bonus. Quite inspiring so I’m leaving you with this. Now go out there and do great things. See you next week.
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