Special – 1980 – HBOs Sports Magazine’s Year in Review – Featuring The Miracle on Ice

DOG COMMENTARY:    After posting 1800 vintage videos on this site over the past 2 years…. It is this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s opinion….that some of my very favorite videos are the ones that show highlights of the entire year in sports….like this HBO produced special look at 1980.  Every year that passes by embody…

Boxing – 1985 – WBC Super Featherweight Title – Julio Cesar Chavez VS Dwight Pratchett – Rnds 4 – 12

DOG COMMENTARY:    I have said this often….and I use this video to serve as evidence to my opinion that although Julio Cezar Chavez is considered on many boxing pundits lists of greatest of all time….I think he was a really great boxer who didn’t fight enough really great boxers during his time in the…

Boxing – 1986 – HBO PreFight Special – 10 Rnd Heavyweight Bout – Mike Tyson VS Mitch Green

DOG ASIDE:    Mike Tyson vs. Mitch Green, billed as “New York Is Busting Out” due to both fighters being from NYC….was a professional boxing match contested on May 20, 1986….as Mike Tyson entered the ring as an undefeated 19 years old…who had won all his 20 previous fights by way of knockout….would face Mitch “Blood” Green….who was…

Boxing 1986 – HBO Prefight Special – WBA Heavywt Title – Champ Tim Witherwspoon vs Tony Tubbs

DOG ASIDE:   On January 17, 1986 at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, WBA heavyweight champion Tony “TNT” Tubbs, from Cincinnati, Ohio, fought “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in defense of the title he won from Greg Page seven months earlier. Tubbs was undefeated at 21-0…and Witherspoon came into the fight with a record of…

Boxing – 1986 – Special – HBO PreFight – IBF Heavyweight Title – Spinks VS Holmes Fight 2

DOG ASIDE:   The fight was billed as “Vindication in Vegas”….as Larry Holmes was a 7.5 to 5 betting favorite going into the fight….wherein Spinks’ purse was $2 million and Holmes’ was $1.125 million….and tickets were priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50.  There was a crowd of 8,328….as the fight was televised live on HBO….…

Boxing – 1985 – Special – HBO PreFight – WBC Heavyweight Title – Holmes VS Spinks – Fight 1

DOG ASIDE:   This HBO prefight video provides a very good insight into the potential “influences beyond the ring” that surrounded this first fight between Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes vs. Michael “Jinx” Spinks….cuz if there ever were a fight that had more reasons for The Champ to lose to the challenger….it was this fight, which…

Boxing – 1987 – HBO PreFight Special – Middleweight Title – Marvin Hagler VS Sugar Ray Leonard

DOG ASIDE: During the years from 1964 to 1995….the sports world….and especially the boxing universe….was blessed with legendary heavyweight champions like Muhammad Ali, Smokin Joe Frazier and Big George Foreman in the 1960s and 1970s….plus heavyweights Iron Mike Tyson, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Lennox Lewis in the 1980s and 1990s….along with featherweights /…

Tennis – 1983 – US Open Mens Qtr Finals – Ivan Llendl VS Mats Wilander – 4th Set

DOG ASIDE:   This 4th set of the Quarterfinals match between Sweden Mats Wilander verses Czech Ivan Lendl was brought to us by HBO Sports with legendary tennis broadcaster at the BBC, Dick Maskell….sitting along HBO Wimbledon crew of Michael Barkaan and Arthur Ashe.   Tennis on HBO was a television program produced by the premium cable television network HBO….that…

Sports Special – 1979 – Sports Illustrated – The 1st 25 Years – Sportsmen Of The Year – Host James Caan

DOG ASIDE: Towards the end of each fiscal year….the celebrated sports magazine Sports Illustrated has conducted their own Sportsperson / Athlete of the Year Award ….of which the winner was announced via a live television special during the late 1970s and into the early 1980s.  Since its inception in 1954….Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award…