Comedy – 1983 – Special – Rodney Dangerfield At His Nightclub – Featuring Aretha Franklin Singing

DOG ASIDE: Rodney Dangerfield was an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter known for the catchphrase “I get no respect!” and his monologues with that theme….who is also remembered for his 1980’s film roles….especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School. At the age of 15, Jack Roy (Dangerfield’s legal name at the time) began to write for stand-up…

Boxing – 1985 – 15 Round WBA Lightweight Title – Livingstone Bramble Vs Tyrone Crawley

DOG COMMENTARY: Tyrone Crawley is a former professional boxer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…..who during his professional boxing career he was known for his hand and foot speed….along with the ability to switch effortlessly from the orthodox stance to the southpaw stance…..which confused many opponents with this style….for some boxing experts contend that Crawley might have been the best “switch hitter” of his time…

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…