NFL – 1978 – Special – The Blocked Punt + NCAA Bowl Game Predictions + Paul Warfield Tribute

DOG ASIDE: This 1978 CBS Sports special hosted by the NFL Today crew of Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Jimmy the Greek Snyder provides an inside look at the blocked punt in the NFL….and how faster athletes have changed the game and dynamics of blocked punts….as it is interesting to learn that 96% of all…

NCAAW Basketball – 1985 – Special – The Ball Size Change + 1st Dunk + Iowa Sets Attendance Record

DOG ASIDE:  This 1986 NCAA women’s basketball special was aired on CBS Sports and hosted by Brent Musburger just before the Women’s Final Four was to take place at the University of Texas Erwin Center….with the first spotlight being cast on the decision to change the size of the basketball played in NCAA sanctioned games.  …

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Merle Haggard – Got That Old Fashion Love In My Heart

DOG ASIDE: One of my all-time favorite country and western singer was Merle Haggard….for this great musician could do old time country music like nobody else…as evidenced by this tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys with his rendition of “Got That Old Fashion Love In My Heart”….as played with those twin-fiddles….for it just don’t…

Boxing – 1978 – Special – Muhammad Ali In Russia – Covered By Howard Cosell

DOG ASIDE: Any time you get both Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell behind a mike together….you dang near have MUST SEE TV!!!….cuz these two cats were brilliant apart….but dynamite when they were together….as no one had more influence on Howard Cosell’s career than Ali…..and no one had more impact on Ali’s career than Howard Cosell….for…

NFL – 1986 – ESPN Monday Night Match Up – Week 15 – Bears Vs Lions – Hosts Berman + Sherman + Sabol

DOG ASIDE: This video is a priceless piece of ESPN history in our ImaSportsphile video museum….as 1986 was when ESPN got the rights to Monday Night Football….as prior to each game….they aired the program Monday Night Match Up ….with host Chris Berman, Coach Allie Sherman and Steve Sabol (of NFL Films fame)…. as Monday Night Football was…

Music – 1978 – The Orange Blossom Special – Mel Tillis + Merle Haggard + Charlie Daniels + Et Al

DOG ASIDE: The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about the passenger train of the same name….which was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938. The original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is often called simply The Special. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem. By the 1950’s, it had become a perennial favorite at bluegrass festivals….where…

NFL – 1978 – Special – The Blocked Punt + Greatest Of The Greats Paul Warfield

DOG ASIDE:  This video provides a cornucopia of highlights and special features….as it kicks off with a look at the effect of blocked punts in the NFL….and how teams are now planning and training on how to efficiently block punts….as it has become a bit of a science.  The viewer receives a really good understanding…

MLB – 1981 – CNN Special – Pete Rose Bypasses Stan Musial NL Hits Record With 3631 Hits

DOG ASIDE: We at ImaSportsphile cherish each and ever piece of Pete Rose video that we have in our Baseball Section herewith….for here was a player who could walk out his front door….and the controversy would begin….and like the “dust storm around Pigpen”….the storms of controversy were all around his….his aggressive style of play, his fierce competitiveness, his…

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Johnny Rodriquez + Willie Nelson – Jambalaya

DOG ASIDE:  One of my all-time favorite Hank William, Sr. songs ever written and performed by many was Jambalaya….and this rendition on Austin City Limits by Johnny Rodriquez and Willie Nelson is at the top of my favorite performances of this classic song. In 1978, Willie was obviously in his “mountain man” persona ….cuz he sure didn’t look the…