Q:When I say "lawyer" what pops into your head? A:Someone who designs games about penguins." - Dormammu
Hey look I is on the internets. No, 8 points is in fact not the tournament low score. See tourney results http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/200747, round 2, table 2 (sorry, Ryan).
(eliminated in round 2, however our round 1 hand featured what I assume is the tournament low score of 8 points)
The first tourney video actually talks about "the joe zone" (getting shut out). It's actually not that hard. All it takes is to simultaneously work on a couple of big videogames that are almost, but not quite, ready to finish, and have someone else finish the game way too fast.