ESPN8: The Ocho is For Real on Aug. 8

ESPN will make The Ocho real on Wednesday, Aug. 8, when ESPNU becomes ESPN8 The Ocho. As Jason Bateman’s character, Pepper Brooks, would say to Gary Cole’s character, Cotton McKnight, “That is a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ‘em.”

The fictional ESPN channel was the broadcast station for the movie, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” In the film, The Ocho shows the lovable Average Joes against Globo Gym in a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament. Released in 2004, the film stars Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor. Continue Reading

DSU Pick Sixth and MC Picked Eighth in GSC Preseason

FBS and FCS conferences such as the SEC, SWAC and C-USA have already made their picks for all-conference teams and predictions on conference favorites. Division II and Division III conferences are starting to put out their preseason teams and predictions. Division II Gulf South Conference, of which Delta State University and Mississippi

College are members, released its predictions and All-Conference teams on Aug. 3. The other coaches in the conference didn’t give the Statesmen and Choctaws much love. Continue Reading

Prescott Sits But the Cowboys Win Hall of Fame Game

There were stars on the Dallas Cowboys helmets but not many stars on the field during the 2017 Hall of Fame Game. Quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott,

wide receiver Dez Bryant, tight end Jason Witten, linebacker Sean Lee and the starting offensive line had the night off. The Arizona Cardinals let most of their stars have the night off as well: Quarterback Carson Palmer, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, running back David Johnson, cornerback Patrick Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu. Arizona started the game with journeyman quarterback Blaine Gabbert behind center. Gabbert helped lead the Cardinals to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter. Continue Reading

Six Players and One Owner Set to Enter the NFL Hall of Fame

The NFL Hall of Fame will open its door to six players and one owner on Saturday, Aug. 5. For the athletes, this is the end of lifelong journey to be enshrined with the best men to

ever play the game. For some, it is the culmination of a dream that began in their younger years, and for others, it started as soon as they hung up their cleats. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, on the other hand, continues his journey as an owner in a quest to win more one more Super Bowl. Continue Reading

Rick Cleveland and Five Others Enter Mississippi Hall of Fame

Six more Mississippi sports legends will be immortalized in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on Aug. 5. The 2017 Hall of Fame class includes sportswriter Rick Cleveland, former Jackson State University baseball coach Bob Braddy Sr.,

the late University of Mississippi women’s basketball great Eugenia Conner, former Alcorn State University football player Leslie Frazier, former Mississippi State University baseball player Jay Powell, and Marcus Dupree, who is one of the greatest high-school football players in Mississippi history. Cleveland is one of best sportswriters to come from the state. There are few Mississippians of a certain age that didn’t grow up reading his sports columns. Continue Reading