TV Ads – 1986 – Hewlett Packard Computers + NBA Greats Larry Bird + Magic Johnson For Converse Shoes

DOG ASIDE As depicted in a new play, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird had their share of awkward moments before a friendship developed.  On one side of the stage is actor Tug Coker playing Larry Bird. On the opposite end is Kevin Daniels in the role of Magic Johnson. Each is talking on a phone with…

NBA – 1986 – Intro To CBS Sports NBA Finals Game 1 Between Boston Celtics Vs Houston Rockets

DOG ASIDE: During the decade of the 1980’s the NBA saw the Larry Legend vs Magic Show….as Larry Bird’s Celtics or Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers were in the finals in every year of the decade…..winning 8 of the 10 years between the two….and all along the way…Brent Musburger has been the host of the NBA on CBS….while…

NBA – 1970 – The Greatest Shot In NBA Finals History – Lakers Jerry West 63 Ft Final Buzzer Shot

DOG ASIDE: In Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals between the New York Knicks verses the Los Angeles Lakers….Knicks F Dave DeBusschere hit a mid-range jump shot with three seconds left to put the Knicks ahead by a score of 102 – 100….and the Lakers had no time-outs left….so, Lakers C Wilt Chamberlain in-bounded…

Special 1985 ESPN SportsCenter With David Sullivan Featuring NHL + College Football + College

DOG ASIDE: SportsCenter was conceived in 1979 and created by ESPN executives Chet Simmons and Scotty Connal….with the program being originally anchored by Chris Berman, George Grande, Greg Gumbel, Lee Leonard, Bob Ley, Sal Marchiano and Tom Mees….of whom Berman and Ley still remain employed with the network as of 2017. George Grande and Lee Leonard….a longtime New York City sportscaster…..introduced the country to ESPN when…

NBA – 1988 – TBS Sports All Star Saturday Night Slam Dunk Semifinals – Blazers Clyde Drexler

DOG ASIDE: Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player nicknamed “Clyde the Glide“….who  was a ten-time All-Star during his career….and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as part of the United States men’s Olympic basketball team known as “The Dream Team”….and…

NBA – 1986 – Music Special – I Want To Play My Game Tonight – Americas Game It Is FANtastic

DOG ASIDE:  The NBA has been running advertisements for the league that carries the moniker “NBA America’s Game, It’s FANtastic” for many many years…..in which they sync NBA highlights with music…..as seen in this video herewith to the music of I Want To Play My Game Tonight.   To this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile….this “It’s FANtastic” campaign to promote the NBA…

NBA – 1987 – CBS Sports NBA Finals Special – James Brown PostGame Interview With Boston C Greg Kite

DOG ASIDE: Gregory Fuller “Greg” Kite (born August 5, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player…. who as a 6’11” center from Brigham Young University was selected 21st overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1983 NBA draft.  As a Celtic, he won two championship rings in 1984 and 1986….and played in the 1987 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers…..as seen in this…

NBA – 1988 – TBS Sports All Star Saturday Night Slam Dunk Contest – Warriors G Otis Smith – 2nd Dunk

DOG ASIDE: Otis Fitzgerald Smith (born January 30, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player….who  played college basketball for Jacksonville University….and was taken with the 17th pick in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played one full season and part of a second with the Nuggets before being traded to the Golden State Warriors during the 1987-88 season….where…

NBA – 1987 – James Brown PostGame Interview With Magic Johnson – NBA Finals Gme 4 Lakers Vs Celtics

DOG ASIDE: James Talmadge Brown (born February 25, 1951) is commonly called “J.B.“….who is still today in 2018….an American sportscaster known for currently being the studio host of The James Brown Show,The NFL Today on CBS Sports and Thursday Night Football on CBS Sports and the NFL Network….and he is also a Special Correspondent for CBS News. J.B. was also well known for serving as the former…