NCAAW Basketball – 1985 – Special – The Ball Size Change + 1st Dunk + Iowa Sets Attendance Record

DOG ASIDE:  This 1986 NCAA women’s basketball special was aired on CBS Sports and hosted by Brent Musburger just before the Women’s Final Four was to take place at the University of Texas Erwin Center….with the first spotlight being cast on the decision to change the size of the basketball played in NCAA sanctioned games.  …

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Merle Haggard – Got That Old Fashion Love In My Heart

DOG ASIDE: One of my all-time favorite country and western singer was Merle Haggard….for this great musician could do old time country music like nobody else…as evidenced by this tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys with his rendition of “Got That Old Fashion Love In My Heart”….as played with those twin-fiddles….for it just don’t…

Comedy – 1983 – Bob Hope Special – On The Road To Hollywood – Part II

DOG COMMENTARY:  There has never been and may never ever again be a comedian that was any more loved, respected and appreciated by an entire nation as was Bob Hope….for he was the gold standard for American comedy for nearly 80 years. Sir Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope was an American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete and author….who appeared in more…

TV Ads – 1985 – Jim McMahon For Honda Scooters + Budweiser Beer + Armor All

DOG COMMENTARY: Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX winning QB Jim McMahon was a somewhat “quirky blue goose looney tunes maverick”…..who throughout his career was known for both on and off the field antics…..as his most famous display of these characteristics was wearing a headband while on the sidelines….which once led to him being fined by then NFL…

NFL – 1986 – ESPN Monday Night Match Up – Week 15 – Bears Vs Lions – Hosts Berman + Sherman + Sabol

DOG ASIDE: This video is a priceless piece of ESPN history in our ImaSportsphile video museum….as 1986 was when ESPN got the rights to Monday Night Football….as prior to each game….they aired the program Monday Night Match Up ….with host Chris Berman, Coach Allie Sherman and Steve Sabol (of NFL Films fame)…. as Monday Night Football was…

Music – 1978 – The Orange Blossom Special – Mel Tillis + Merle Haggard + Charlie Daniels + Et Al

DOG ASIDE: The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about the passenger train of the same name….which was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938. The original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is often called simply The Special. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem. By the 1950’s, it had become a perennial favorite at bluegrass festivals….where…

TV Ads – 1982 – Dick Van Dyke For Kodak Cameras + Windex + Dr Pepper + Jack In The Box

DOG COMMENTARY: Kodak cameras and film have been a success story since 1898….as one of the dominant players in the industry until 2012….when the company went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy…. after which it sold its photographic film, scanners and kiosk operations…..but back in 1982 when this commercial aired….they were at the top of the heap…

NCAAW Basketball – 1985 – Special – Best Player In Womens College Basketball – USC Cheryl Miller

DOG COMMENTARY: In addition to being one of the all-time best women’s collegiate basketball players….Cheryl Miller is currently the women’s basketball coach at Cal State LA….and a former sportscaster for TNT….as she performs duties as a sideline reporter for NBA games on TNT Sports….plus she also works for NBA TV as a reporter and analyst having worked previously as a sportscaster for ABC Sports, TBS…

MLB – 1981 – CNN Special – Pete Rose Bypasses Stan Musial NL Hits Record With 3631 Hits

DOG ASIDE: We at ImaSportsphile cherish each and ever piece of Pete Rose video that we have in our Baseball Section herewith….for here was a player who could walk out his front door….and the controversy would begin….and like the “dust storm around Pigpen”….the storms of controversy were all around his….his aggressive style of play, his fierce competitiveness, his…