Boxing – 1987 – Larry Merchant Claims Judge Joe Guerra Saw A Fight Nobody Else Saw Leonard Vs Hagler

DOG ASIDE: Sugar Ray Leonard was awarded a controversial split-decision when he fought Marvin Hagler for the Middleweight Championship of the World…..when Judge Dave Moretti scored it 115–113 for Leonard…. while judge Lou Filippo had it 115–113 for Hagler….and Judge José Guerra scored the fight 118–110 for Leonard. Many felt that Hagler deserved the decision…

Comedy – 1986 – Not Necessarily The News – Michael Lawrence On Madonna + A Firesign Theatre Piece

DOG ASIDE: Michael Lawrence from Not Necessarily The News does a hilarious piece on Madonna being the next Marilyn Monroe to start this video off…..which is followed by the always creative and funny Firesign Theatre members doing a short piece for Comic Relief in 1986. The Firesign Theatre (also known as The Firesigns….was an American surreal comedy group….who first performed live on…

Special – 1982 – USA Network Night Flight Special – The Credits For TAKE OFF Program

DOG ASIDE: Night Flight is an online visual-arts magazine and variety television show that originated on cable TV network USA Network….when It originally aired from 1981 to 1988….before moving to syndication in the early 1990’s.  In April 2018, it returned to cable television as a short form (15 minute) program airing late Friday nights/early Saturday mornings on…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special Feature – Driver Tom Sneva Hits The Wall And Ends His Day

DOG ASIDE: Thomas E. “Tom” Sneva (born June 1, 1948) is a retired American race car driver….who won the  Indianapolis 500 in 1983. Sneva was a former math teacher….who primarily raced in Indy cars….and was named to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.  Sneva’s win at Indianapolis followed several runner-up finishes and notable crashes….which got him the nickname “The Gas Man,”….for he…

NHL – 1986 – ESPNs Jim Kelly Showcases The NHL All Stars Visit To The Children Hospital

DOG ASIDE: Videos like this one always warm this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s heart….and albeit that we chiweenies are small dogs…..we have big hearts…..which goes well with our big attitudes….for the truth be known, it takes a lot of attitude to go into a badger’s den and pull out the biggest baddest badger in the…

Special – 1961 To 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay Sums Up The 1st 25 Years Of Wide World Of Sports

DOG ASIDE: ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998….while being seen primarily on Saturday afternoons….and hosted by Jim McKay….as seen in this video herewith….with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987….as the title continued to be used for general sports…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games – Mens Gymnastics Rings Finals – Winners JPN Koji Gushiken + CHN Li Ning

DOG ASIDE: As seen in this video herewith….Japan’s Koji Gushiken and China’s Li Ning tied for the gold medal in men’s gymnastics rings competition….while USA’s Mitch Gaylord won the bronze medal….as indicated in this video brought to the viewing audience by ABC’s Jack Whitaker. Kōji Gushiken (born November 12, 1956) is a former Olympic gymnast for Japan at the 1984…

Speed Boat Racing – 1987 – Holset Miss Madison Spokesperson Bob Hughes On Boats Exit At Emerald Cup

DOG ASIDE: Miss Madison is an H1 Unlimited hydroplane….which is the only community-owned unlimited hydroplane in the world.  It is based out of Madison, Indiana, a small town of 12,000 residents on the Ohio River….which annually hosts the Madison Regatta. The story of the boat and city are the subject of the 2005 film “Madison”…..as the team was started in 1960 when…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Special – Rowing + Canoeing Highlights Put To Classical Music

DOG ASIDE: Rowing at the Summer Olympics has been part of the competition since its debut in the 1900 Summer Olympics….as rowing was on the program at the 1896 Summer Olympics….but was cancelled due to bad weather. Only men were allowed to compete until the women’s events were introduced at the 1976 Montreal Olympics….which gave national federations the incentive to support…