NFL – 1979 – NFL Films – A Season Of Peaks And Valleys – With John Facenda

We have often made the comment here at ImaSportsphile that NFL Films has been the “Gold Standard” for sports films since the day that father Ed Sabol and son Steve Sabol opened their doors with their exclusive contract with the NFL to film any and all games played for the past 57 years.  NFL Films is a company devoted…

News – 1987 – CNNs Anthony Collings On Russian Vs USA Spy Games Claims & Espionage Charges

It is always a source of amazement at how times change so much…..but things stay the same…..even after nearly 47 years have passed ….for although change is the ONLY true constant in life…..it remains an unlikely fact that some things never really change all that much….like the “spy games” played between the Russians and the Americans….which…

Olympics – 1972 – Munich Games – ABC Special On Palestinian Munich Massacre Of Israeli Olympic Athletes

The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany….in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer. Shortly after the crisis began, a Black September spokesman demanded that 234 Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel and the West German….which held founders of the Red Army Faction, Andreas…

NCAA Gymnastics – 1979 – Mens Championship Highlights – Pommel Horse + Parallel Bars + Floor Exercise – With Bart Conner + Kurt Thomas

The 1979 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships featured two of America’s best ever male gymnasts with Oklahoma’s Bart Conner and Indiana State’s Kurt Thomas….as both would go on to make USA Olympic history.  These NCAA championships took place at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana….when the Nebraska Cornhuskers took the team national title…

Special – 1980 – HBO Inside Sports With Barry Tompkins Takes A Look At The NCAA Student Athlete

A subject that has been covered in specials and commentary throughout the years…..which was discussed by HBO’s Barry Tompkins and Larry Merchant in this 1980 episode of Inside Sports ….and is still today discussed by many sports pundits and other potential Sportsphiles…..has been the at the core of “What is truly Amatuer Sports?”…..and how it relates to…

NCAA Volleyball – 1979 – Mens National Championship Finals – USC Vs UCLA – Game 3

The 1979 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament was the 10th annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA men’s college volleyball. The tournament was played at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California during May 1979. UCLA defeated USC in the final match, 3–1 (12–15, 15–12, 15–11, 15–7), to win their seventh national title. Coached by Al Scates, the Bruins finished the season undefeated at 30 – 0. UCLA’s Sinjin Smith was…

MLB – 1987 – Special Legends Feature – Boston Fenway Park – The Story Of An American Tradition

Fenway Park is a baseball park located in Boston, Massachusetts near Kenmore Square….where since 1912, it has been the home for the Boston Red Sox….which is the city’s American League baseball team….and since 1953, its only Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise.  It is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball….and because of its age and constrained location in Boston’s dense Fenway–Kenmore neighborhood…..the park has been renovated or expanded many times…..thus,…

NCAAF – 1983 – Special – Joe Namath Hosts A Tribute To Alabama Head Coach Paul Bear Bryant

There is probably not another head coach and individual player that have had more video and film produced about them…..or articles and books that have been written more about them…than The Bear (Coach Paul Bear Bryant) and Joe Willie (QB Joe Namath).    The Bear is a 1984 movie starring Gary Busey and Jon-Erik Hexum….in a film was written by Michael Kane, directed by…

MLB – 1986 – Baseballs Greatest Hits – World Series Unsung Heroes – Tenace + Mazeroski + Carbo Et Al

In this 1986 episode of ESPN Baseball’s Greatest Hits with host George Grande is titled “World Series Unsung Heroes….features Oakland A’s catcher Gene Tenace….plus St Louis Cardinals’ OF Harry The Hat Walker….along with Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Bill Mazeroski, with the shot heard round the world…..and last but not least, Red Sox OF Bernie Carbo….as the four featured “Unsung Heroes” of World…