Gymnastics – 1977 – ABC Special – Inside Look At Romanian Coach Bela Karolyi + His Training

DOG COMMENTARY: Some of my most favorite videos in our entire video museum are these short little clips like this one that feature multiple legends in sports….like legendary Jim McKay, the broadcaster at ABC’s Wide World of Sports….as well as legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi….who led multiple Romanian and American gymnasts to Olympic gold….so, I’ve decided…

Gymnastics – 1977 – International Meet – USA Vs Romania – With Kirk Thomas + Nadia Comaneci

DOG ASIDE:  The three featured gymnasts in this 1977 International Competition between Team USA verses Team Romania were USA’s Peter Kormann and teammate Kirk Thomas along with Romania’s Nadia Comaneci….who were all “top shelf” in their disciplines performed in this video herewith…..as the viewer gets to see Kormann in his specialty, the floor exercise….and Thomas on…

Martial Arts – 1978 – Special – The World Of Self Defense – Madison Square Garden

DOG COMMENTARY: Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense or include self-defense techniques….as some styles train primarily for self-defense….while other martial or combat sports can be effectively applied for self-defense. Some martial arts train how to escape from a knife or gun situation….or how to break away from a punch….while others train how to attack. To provide…

Bobsled – 1985 – World 4 Man Bobsled Championships – Cervinia Italy – Part I

DOG ASIDE:  During the 1980’s, the bobsled teams from the Deutsches Democratic Republic (East Germany) ruled the competitions around the world….partly because their sleds were manufactured with a special aerodynamic material that made them faster than the rest of the world’s sleds….for which the world bobsled governing body would change the rules to make this…

Boxing – 1973 – Highlights – World Heavyweight Title Fight – Joe Frazier Vs George Foreman

DOG ASIDE:  This short 2 minute video is jammed-packed with great footage….as legendary heavyweight champion Big George Foreman does an absolute beat-down of another legendary heavyweight champion Smokin Joe Frazier in their classic title fight in 1973….as this dramatic 2nd and final round to the fight is brought to you by none other than legendary boxing broadcaster Howard Cosell….which…

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…

Boxing – 1971 To 1976 – Special – Joe Frazier Talks About 3 Fights With Muhammad Ali

DOG COMMENTARY:  With the possible exception of David vs. Goliath….the greatest rivalry in the history of individual human combat was the three-fight trilogy staged by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier from 1971-75…..which began as the embodiment of the culture war taking place at that time in America….and it evolved into a conflict in the ring…

Olympics – 1988 – Calgary Games – Figure Skating Pairs Short Program + Mens 500m Speed Skating

DOG ASIDE:    The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics provided some wonderful highs and disheartening lows….which is typical of any Olympic Games…..for the talent is so expansive….causing the challenges to be greater and the risks to be higher. The figure skating pairs competition short program at these 1988 Calgary Games certainly provided one of these wonderful…

Music – 1986 – The Stephen Foster Singers – My Old Kentucky Home At The Kentucky Derby

DOG ASIDE:    My Old Kentucky Home is an anti-slavery ballad originally written and composed in 1852  by Stephen Foster….which was published in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York….as Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm…