Boxing – 1985 – HBO PreFight Special – WBC World Heavyweight Title – Larry Holmes VS Michael Spinks

DOG COMMENTARY:  The fight was billed as “Vindication in Vegas”…..as Holmes was a 7½ to 5 betting favorite….when Spinks’ purse was $2 million and Holmes’ was $1.125 million….where the tickets were priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50….for a crowd of 8,328….while the fight was televised live on HBO with Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard…

Music – 1983 – Marvin Gaye – Brother Brother + Talking Black Music

DOG COMMENTARY:    Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and record producer….who helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960’s and 1970’s….originally as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits including…. “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You”….”I Heard It Through The…

Music – 1983 – DeBarge – Learn The Ways of Love & High Society – Open To Love + Need You Tonight

DOG ASIDE:   DeBarge was an American musical recording group composed of several members of the DeBarge family….which was a family of musical talent that was often compared to the Jackson family. In addition to various solo projects completed by members of the family….DeBarge was active between 1979 to 1989 as an R&B group…who enjoyed popularity throughout that time…

Comedy – 1982 – HBO Special – Blockheads 4th Annual Ventriliquism Show – Host Mariette Hartley

DOG ASIDE:    We have quite a few HBO Specials covering all sorts of entertainment in our extensive ImaSportsphile video library…..from comedy concerts and programs….to daredevil acts…..to magic shows….to boxing and sports specials….and all are quite good….for one of my very favorites is this Blocksheads 4th Annual Ventriliquism and Comedy Show which is hosted by Emmy…

Auto Racing – 1979 – Special – Countdown To 500 – Indy 500 – Rick Mears Winner

DOG COMMENTARY:    This auto racing video showcasing the entire 1979 Indy 500 race is an “unpolished treasure” in our ImaSportphile video library….as the 63rd 500 Mile International Sweepstakes….or Indy 500 as we call it….was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Sunday May 27, 1979…..when 2nd year driver Rick Mears took the lead for the final time with 18 laps…

Boxing – 1930s + 1940s – Special Tribute – Joe Louis – The Brown Bomber

DOG COMMENTARY:     Joseph Louis Barrow was best known as Joe Louis….and nicknamed the “Brown Bomber”, was an American professional boxer….who competed professionally from 1934 to 1951….and he reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949….while being considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time….as Louis’ championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months….during which he participated…

Special – 1984 – Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of Year Show – Mary Lou Retton + Edwin Moses Winners

DOG COMMENTARY:    The year 1984 was a phenomenal year in sports…..wherein Bears Walter Payton broke Browns Jim Brown NFL rushing record….the Miami Hurricanes won the National Championship Game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 31 – 30…..Doug Flutie wins the Heisman Trophy and the Flutie Hail Mary forever be etched in the minds of…

Special – 1985 – Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Show – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Winner

DOG COMMENTARY:      The year in sports in 1985 provided many magical moments and some incredible athletic achievements…. including the San Francisco 49’ers climaxing a great season by beating the Miami Dolphins 38 – 16 to win Super Bowl XIX….and Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s career hits record of 4191….while both future Hall of…

Boxing – 1982 – Special – Highlights Of Year – Barry Tompkins + Larry Merchant + Sugar Ray Leonard

DOG COMMENTARY:    It is our opinion at ImaSportsphile that The Golden Age of Boxing ….which covered a period starting in with heavyweight Cassius Clay taking down the mighty Bear, Sonny Liston in February of 1964….and running through Evander Holyfield losing his heavyweight title to Lennox Lewis in March of 1999.    he Golden Age of Boxing….unveiled…