Olympics – 1984 – L A Summer Games – Jim McKay Tells Story Of Family Ties Between US High Jumpers

DOG ASIDE: ABC Sports Olympics host Jim McKay tells the story of how USA High Jump Teammates \ Dwight Stones and Doug Nordquist were distant relatives…..and how Dwight Stones is the only Olympic athlete in history that competed in an event (track + field high jump)….while he was the ABC Sports Olympic High Jump Competition…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Equestrian 3 Day Eventing – Featuring FRA Pascal Marvillers On Gulliver 8

DOG ASIDE: The equestrian sports were held primarily at Santa Anita Racetrack….which offered stabling for up to 2100 horses….a grandstand with almost 16000 seats….and was managed by experienced horsemen….  however, this was the first time the individual jumping competition was not held in the Olympic Stadium immediately prior to the closing ceremonies….as was tradition….and instead was…

Olympics – 1984 – Los Angeles Summer Games Special – The Effects of SMOG In Los Angeles

DOG ASIDE: The word “smog” was coined in the early 20th century as a combination of the words smoke and fog to refer to smoky fog, its opacity, and odor….which was originally intended to refer to what was sometimes known as “pea soup fog”….which had been a familiar and serious problem in London from the 19th century to the mid-20th century. This kind…

NFL – 1979 – ABC Sports Special – Monday Night Football Promo For The Cowboys Game – With Howard Cosell

DOG ASIDE: Howard William Cosell (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist….who was widely known for his blustery, cocksure personality….as Cosell said of himself, “Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. There’s no question that I’m all of those things.”  In its obituary for Cosell, The New York Times described Cosell’s effect on American…

Track + Field – 1985 – ABC Sports 4th World Cup Special Feature – Donna De Varona Interviews 800m Winner AFR Sammy Koskei

DOG ASIDE: Sammy Koskei (born 14 May 1961) is a former Kenyan middle distance runner who specialized in the 800m dash….as one of the best Kenyan 800m competitors in the 1980’s with some really fast times…. but he lacked success at the international major championships. His breakthrough year was 1982 when the youngster broke 1:45 second barrier for the first…

Olympics – 1984 – Los Angeles Games – Mens Discus Throw Qualifying – USA Mac Wilkins – With Al Michaels

DOG ASIDE:   Mac Wilkins competed for the United States in the 1976 the Montreal Summer Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the discus throw where he won the gold medal with a distance of 221′ 5″ to defeat Wolfgang Schmidt of East Germany by four feet….then Wilkins qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but did not compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott….after…

Distance Running – 1985 – Womens NY Mini-Marathon – Joan Benoit Samuelson + Marty Cooksey

DOG ASIDE:  This 1985 New York City women’s mini-marathon was covered by ABC Sports with host Donna de Varona and Katherine Switzer covering the race….which includes such “top shelf runners” as Ingrid Kristiansen, the then current world record holder in the women’s marathon…..along with 1984 Olympic women’s marathon gold medal winner Joan Benoit Samuelson….whom Bone Daddy…

Golf – 1985 – Highlights – US National Amateur Championship Tournament – Host Jack Whitaker

DOG COMMENTARY: The United States Amateur Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Amateur, is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for amateur golfers….which is organized by the United States Golf Association….and in 2018 is currently held each August over a 7-day period.   In 1894 there were two tournaments called the “National Amateur Championship”….with one of them…