Baseball – 1980 – Animated Special – Take Me Up To The Ball Game – With Phil Silvers

DOG COMMENTARY: Take Me Up to the Ball Game is the sixth animated television special from Nelvana Limited….which was released in September of 1980. The title is a play on the song title “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”….as a children’s baseball team….consisting of anthropomorphic animals….encounters a talent scout from outer space named Irwin (voiced by Phil Silvers)….who offers them the chance to play against…

Bobsled – 1985 – World 4-Man Bobsled Championships – Cervinia Italy – 4th Run

DOG COMMENTARY:  When considering vintage bobsled competitions….especially the world 4-man competition….there are two nations that dominated the sport in the 1970’s and 1980’s….Switzerland and East Germany (Duetsches Democratic Republic)….and at the 1985 World 4-Man Bobsled Championships at Cervinia, Italy….it was no different.  In this video herewith….we see the 4th and final run of the competition….as…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championships Review – USA Debbie Thomas + USA Brian Boitano Win Gold

DOG ASIDE:  Debbie Thomas is an American former figure skater and physician….who was the 1986 World champion…. the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist….and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle of the Carmens. Thomas won both the 1986 U.S. national title and the 1986 World Championships….which earned Thomas the ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year…

TV Ads – 1984 – Domaine Chandon California Brut & Atlantic Coast Financial & Quantas Airways

DOG COMMENTARY: Yountville Domaine Chandon is a winery located in Napa Valley in the town of Yountville, California. Established in 1973 by Moët et Chandon, by businessman John Wright and was the first French-owned sparkling wine producer in Napa Valley.   The Restaurant at Domaine Chandon opened at the same time as the winery….and has been credited with establishing high-quality dining in the area.…as Udo Nechutnys was the restaurant’s…

Comedy – 1978 – Comedian Franklyn Ajaye Stand Up Routine

DOG COMMENTARY: Franklyn Ajaye is an American stand-up comedian and actor….whose nickname is “The Jazz Comedian” for his distinctive jazz inflected style of delivery, timing, and astute use of silence.  Ajaye was born in Brooklyn, New York….but raised in Los Angeles by a Sierra Leonean father….whom he is named after…. along with his American mother (Quetta) making Ajaye….as he likes to joke….a “true African-American”.…

TV Ads – 1982 – Ernest P Worrell For KVUE TV Channel 24 In Austin

DOG COMMENTARY:    One of the most beloved characters to ever grace a television commercial around Austin, Texas during the 1970’s thru 1990’s was Earnest P. Worrell….who was always talking to his friend, Vern, in his famous commercials. Ernest P. Worrell is a fictional character portrayed by American actor Jim Varney in a series of television commercials….primarily shot…

TV Ads – 1982 – Ford Tempo & Purina HiPro Dog Food & Efferdent & Listerine & Alfred Hitchcock Promo

DOG COMMENTARY:  Have you noticed that you rarely see a TV commercial in 2018 that has to do with cleaning dentures….I mean….you never see Efferdent…Dentural….Milton….Mildent….Steradent….Polident  ….Renew  Denture Cleaner…. Novadent commercials….and we just wonder if that is because the old folks of the Greatest Generation or the Baby Boomer Generation….who are featured throughout this entire video library at ImaSportsphile….just simply took…

TV Ads – 1981- Duracell Batteries & Peerless Faucets & Sugars Mens Club & Yellow Pages

DOG ASIDE:  Long before the “Energizer Bunny” was moving all around and beating its drum…there was the “Duracell Dog”….who was a mechanical dog….who loved to startle and scare cats of all types. The Duracell Company was founded in 1924….which eventually became a part of the huge conglomerate. Proctor + Gamble….and was sold to Berkshire Hathaway in 2014….at a…

Bobsled – 1985 – World 4 Man Bobsled Championships – Cervinia, Germany – Part II

DOG ASIDE:   Bobsleigh or bobsled is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled….whose timed runs are combined to calculate the final score.   The various types of sleds came several years before the first tracks were built in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the original bobsleds were…