Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Merle Haggard + The Strangers – Old Fashion Love In My Heart

DOG ASIDE:  This lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile wasn’t much of a country and western music fan back 2.5 yaars when I first started posting videos on our web page herewith….but after having posted at least a hundred or so Austin City Limits concerts from 1976 to 1991…..but after doing my research and telling stories about…

Comedy – 1980 – Special – Joe Piscopo On Sports

DOG ASIDE: Joseph Charles John Piscopo is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980’s….where he played a variety of recurring characters.  Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Piscopo grew up in North Caldwell…and attended West Essex High School….where he was a member…

Music – 1977 – Austin City Limits – Earl Scruggs Revue – Simply Pickin’

DOG ASIDE: Earl Eugene Scruggs was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style….now called “Scruggs Style”….which is a defining characteristi of bluegrass music…as his three-finger style of playing was radically different from the ways the five-string banjo had been historically played….as Scruggs popularized the instrument in several genres of music….and elevated the…

Boxing – 1980 – WBC Featherweight Title – Salvador Sanchez VS Danny Lopez – Fight II – Rnds 1 – 10

DOG COMMENTARY:  This June 21,1980 WBC Featherweight Championship Title Fight between Mexico’s Salvador Sanchez and USA’s Danny Little Red Lopez took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas….and was the 2nd fight between these two world featherweight champions…..as Sanchez had taken the title away from Lopez just four months before on February 2, 1980 on a 14th…

Comedy – 1981 – Special – Lilly Tomlin Live

DOG COMMENTARY: Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer….who began her career as a stand-up comedian…..while also performing Off-Broadway during the 1960’s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973….who currently stars on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie as Frankie Bergstein….which has garnered her three consecutive nominations for…

Music – 1979 – Austin City Limits – Tom T Hall – The Year Clayton Delany Died

DOG COMMENTARY:  Thomas T. Hall is an American country music songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, novelist, and short-story writer. He has written 12 x # 1 hit songs….with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the # 1 international pop-crossover smash “Harper Valley PTA” and the hit “I Love”….which reached # 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He became known to fans as…

Boxing – 1983 – World Amateur Championship – Welterweight Bout – Mark Breland Vs Sun Yung Bol

DOG ASIDE:  There were a great number of televised amateur boxing competitions (ie: USA vs USSR, etc), championships (AAU, Golden Gloves & World Championships) that were televised on national networks in the USA during the Golden Age of Boxing….from 1964 to 1995….as this was a period where the sport of boxing attracted some really outstanding young…

NCAAM Basketball – 1979 – Special – Al McGuire Interviews Texas Coach Abe Lemons

DOG ASIDE: Sometimes it is possible to view the measure of a man by what comes out of his mouth…..as legendary college basketball coach Abe Lemons was one of those folks that seemed to have more to say than most….cuz he was notorious for running his listeners down a rabbit hole….not unlike the white rabbit…

Boxing – 1983 – Light Heavyweight Title – WBC Champ Dwight Braxton Vs WBA Champ Michael Spinks

DOG COMMENTARY:  ThIs WBC / WBC / Lineal / Ring World Light Heavyweight Unification Title Fight between WBC Champ Dwight Braxton (changed to Dwight Muhammad Qawi after this fight) vs. WBA Champ Michael Spinks took place at the Atlantic Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 18, 1983…..as Braxton came into the fight…