Other Sports – Dog Sledding – 1985 – The Ididarod Challenge – Libby Riddles With Axle + Dugan

DOG COMMENTARY: The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome….entirely within the US State of Alaska….whereby mushers and a team of 16 sled dogs….of which at least 5 must be on the towline at the finish line…..while covering the distance of 566 kilometers (346 miles) in 8–15 days or more. The Iditarod began…

Movie – 1988 – Animation – Who Framed Roger Rabbit – With Baby Herman + Roger Rabbit Cartoon

DOG COMMENTARY: Without question Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of my all time favorite movies….cuz this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile just love rabbit….especially the long-eared kind…..and although there is a part of me that likes to chase badgers down holes….you know, being half dachshund….that’s weiner dogs for those of you not as worldly as I…..but there…

Horse Racking – 1988 – The Preakness Stakes – Winner Chris McCarron On Alysheba

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1987 Preakness Stakes was the 112th running of the thoroughbred triple crown horse race….which took place on May 16, 1987….and was televised in the United States on the ABC television network….as Alysheba was jockeyed by Chris McCarron won the race by a half length over runner-up Bet Twice. The post time was 5:34 p.m. Eastern Time….as the race was run over a fast…

TV Special – 1978 – The Chippenfield Circus – Host Robert Morely – Part 1

DOG COMMENTARY:  The Chipperfield Circus is a long-running English family show based on the 300-year-old Chipperfield dynasty….which started with James Chipperfield and his performing animals at the Thames Frost Fair of 1684….and continued through the 19th century….as the circus toured all of England….with a menagerie of animals, teams of acrobats and clowns.  After World War II, under the management of Jimmy Chipperfield….the show became one of…

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…

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…

Comedy – 1981 – Special – Bobby Berosini + His Comedic Orangutans

DOG ASIDE:  How long has it been since you have seen a really good animal act on television…..since the days of Ed Sullivan!?!…..well, you’ve waited long enough….for Bobby Berosini + His Comedic Orangutans will surely fill the void for you…..as these guys are really funny…..as they perform with a sparkle in their eyes…..like all true entertainers…

Comedy – 1978 – Special Animal Act – One Man + His Performing Orangutans

DOG ASIDE:  Every now and then, a video rolls up for posting that is a totally unexpected delight to this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile….and this video of one man and his performing orangutans is one of those….for every time that I watch this….I find myself rolling on the floor….holding my sides…from laughing so hard. Maybe…

Baseball – 1980 – Animated Special – Take Me Up To The Ball Game – With Phil Silvers

DOG COMMENTARY: Take Me Up to the Ball Game is the sixth animated television special from Nelvana Limited….which was released in September of 1980. The title is a play on the song title “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”….as a children’s baseball team….consisting of anthropomorphic animals….encounters a talent scout from outer space named Irwin (voiced by Phil Silvers)….who offers them the chance to play against…