Frisbee – 1979 – World Frisbee Disc Championships – Human + Canine Competitions – Rose Bowl

DOG ASIDE: In 1975, Irv Lander, Alex Stein and Eldon McIntire first organized a World Championship for flying-disc (Frisbee) catching dogs and their handlers….and as the event continued annually….Stein and his disc dog, Ashley Whippet, won the first three championships in 1975, 1976 and 1977.  McIntire was the owner of another disc dog named Hyper Hank….and since Lander worked…

Music – 1978 – Special – Songs Of The Funny Papers – Host Lori Anderson

DOG ASIDE: At the opening of the wonderful television special Those Fantastic Funnies….the host of the program, actress Loni Anderson, does an introduction to the program by introducing some of the “songs of the funny papers”….which features music from Popeye The Sailor….Barney Google with the “googlely eyes”….“Dennis The Menace”…..“Lil Orphan Annie”…..along with the entire funny paper cast singing about…

Boxing 1979 15 Rnd WBA Super Featherweight Title Fight Diablito Valdez Vs Sammy Serrano

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1979 WBA World Super Featherweight Title Fight between Diablito Valdez verses Champ Sammy Serrano was fought on February 18, 1979 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico…..as the popular Puerto Rican champ won a unanimous decision from a decent fighter from the Dominican Republic…who after the decision was announced….punched Serrano…

Music – 1984 – Halftime Show – Texas Vs OU – Longhorns Show Band Of The Southwest

DOG ASIDE: It is rare when a nationally televised NCAA football game as high profile as when the Texas Longhorns do battle with the Oklahoma Sooners….that the networks carrying the contests ever gives much live coverage time to the halftime shows….but on this October 8, 1983 telecast on ABC featuring legendary NCAA football sportscaster Keith…

Comedy – 1984 – Special – Robin Williams – Mork + Garp + Popeye Introspective

DOG PHILOSOPHY:  There is such a fine line between genius and lunacy…..between comedic and tragic….between happy and depressed…..and Robin Williams placed an incredible amount of talent….which was consumed by creative genius coupled with a “rapid fire” spontaneous mind….with a huge splash of humor applied as easily as every character change…. and with all of that working…

Fast Pitch Softball – 1988 – Special – Tribute To Eddie Feigner – The King And His Court

DOG COMMENTARY:  There are heroes and then there are HEROES….and fast pitch softball pitcher Eddie “The King” Feigner is one of those HEROS….as anointed by the original Sportsphile back in 1957 in Midland, Texas…..and then re-confirmed as one of those HEROES in 1965 in Odessa, TX….when The King and His Court barnstormed throughout West Texas…..while playing the very best…

Boxing – 1980 – 12 Rnd WBC Featherweight Title – Salvador Sanchez Vs Ruben Castillo – Final Round

DOG COMMENTARY:  The beautiful thing about The Golden Age of Boxing from 1964 – 1995 wasn’t just the incredible boxing legends that graced the ring in dang near every weight division fought professionally….but also the unbelievably awesome boxing broadcasters of the era…..Keith Jackson, Chris Schenkel, Marv Albert and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy, Jim…

Boxing – 1980 – WBC Featherweight Title – Salvador Sanchez VS Danny Lopez – Fight II – Rnds 1 – 10

DOG COMMENTARY:  This June 21,1980 WBC Featherweight Championship Title Fight between Mexico’s Salvador Sanchez and USA’s Danny Little Red Lopez took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas….and was the 2nd fight between these two world featherweight champions…..as Sanchez had taken the title away from Lopez just four months before on February 2, 1980 on a 14th…

Boxing – 1983 – Light Heavyweight Title – WBC Champ Dwight Braxton Vs WBA Champ Michael Spinks

DOG COMMENTARY:  ThIs WBC / WBC / Lineal / Ring World Light Heavyweight Unification Title Fight between WBC Champ Dwight Braxton (changed to Dwight Muhammad Qawi after this fight) vs. WBA Champ Michael Spinks took place at the Atlantic Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 18, 1983…..as Braxton came into the fight…