Comedy – 1981 – Special – Robin Williams – Live At The Great American Music Hall – San Francisco

DOG ASIDE: Since we have multiple Robin Williams videos here at ImaSportsphile….I have written several pieces about the talents and challenges of this incredible entertainer….so, today I am going to give you some history on this uniquely gifted artist.   In late 1963, when Williams was 12….his father was transferred to Detroit….where the family lived in…

Comedy – 1987 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News

DOG ASIDE: Not Necessarily the News (shortened as NNTN) is an American satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special….and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990….which was Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels’s first professional television writing gig. The show was considered an inspiration and a predecessor to future news satirical programs like The Daily…

Music – 1978 – The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone + Just The Way You Are + My Girl + More

DOG COMMENTARY:  The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960’s and 1970’s….as their work with producer Norman Whitfield…. which started with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968….pioneered psychedelic soul and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music….as te band members are known for…

Comedy – 1984 – The Fantastic Funnies – Host Loni Anderson

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1984 TV special Those Fantastic Funnies hosted by Loni Anderson is absolutely priceless to us at ImaSportsphile….cuz there is nothing more American than the funnies…..as along with sports, the comic strips are maybe the best of the complex culture and society known as the USA A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in…

Special – 1981 – Year Of Sports In Review – Host George Plimpton Covers The World Of Sports In 1981

DOG ASIDE:    Nobody produced better highlight reviews of the year in sports than George Plimpton’s syndicated programs….as his specials just seemed to be a little more special than the others produced by various networks….and this review of the year 1981 by Plimpton was no exception.    1981 was an outstanding year in sports….which provided…

Music – 1980 – Best Of ACL – Roy Clark & Gatemouth Brown + John Hartford + Jimmy Buffet

DOG COMMENTARY: In our opinion here at ImaSportsphile…..we believe that Austin City Limits is by far the best long running televised music program ever….as ACL has gone a long way in making Austin, Texas what it is known as in 2018….the Live Music Capital of The World.  This best of ACL program features country music’s national anthem…..The Orange…

Boxing – 1986 – IBF Heavyweight Title Fight – Larry Holmes Vs Michael Spinks – Fight II

DOG COMMENTARY:    As with the first time The Easton Assassin Holmes and Jinx Spinks got in the ring….some 7 months before this fight took place….we at ImaSportsphile felt that Holmes got absolutely robbed of his title….and in this April 19, 1986 second fight at the Las Vegas Hilton….Holmes fought better than in the 1st fight before…

Music – 1978 – Sting & The Police – We Are Spirits In A Material World

DOG COMMENTARY:   The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977…..who for most of their history the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter)….Andy Summers (guitar)….and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion)…..as The Police became globally popular in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s….who are generally regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success …..while playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae,…

Comedy – 1980 – Special – Albert Brooks – Performing Open Heart Surgery

DOG COMMENTARY: Albert Brooks is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director….who has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 1987’s Broadcast News….and was widely praised for his performance in the 2011 film Drive….as his voice acting credits include Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016)….which along with recurring guest voices for The Simpsons….including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie (2007). He…