Gymnastics – 1974 – ABCs Jim McKay Remembers USA Kirk Thomas Becoming 1st American To Win World Gold

DOG ASIDE: Kurt Bilteaux Thomas (born March 29, 1956) is an American Olympic gymnast….who earned All American honors 13 time in his career….along with being the James E. Sullivan Award winner in 1979….as well as the 1979 Nissen Award as the best gymnast in the USA.  Thomas became a member of the 1979 Montreal Games US Olympic team….and…

Boxing – 1985 – Al Albert + Randy Gordon Showcase World Champions Who Won Olympic Gold Medals

DOG ASIDE: Alan “Al” Albert is a sportscaster….who formerly called basketball games for the New York Nets and Denver Nuggets….as well as national NBA coverage for the USA Network. He was also a play-by-play sportscaster for the Indiana Pacers.  He has also worked in boxing….as seen in this video herewith….as the blow-by-blow announcer for Tuesday Night Fights.  On January 24, 1984, Albert, working for USA…

Auto Racing – 1987 – NBC Sports Highlights Of The Indy 500 – Highway To The Danger Zone

DOG ASIDE: The Indy 500 is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana, United States….in an event that is held over Memorial Day weekend in late May.  It is contested as part of the Verizon INDYCAR Series….which is the top level of American Championship Car Racing….as an open-wheel open-cockpit formula colloquially known as “Indy Car Racing”…..while the track itself is nicknamed “the Brickyard“….cuz the racing surfacing…

Music – 1987 – Kenny Loggnins – Danger Zone – Put To Highlights Of The 1987 Indy 500 Race

DOG ASIDE: “Danger Zone“ is a song with music composed by Giorgio Moroder….and lyrics written by Tom Whitlock….which American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins recorded and released in 1986. The song was one of the hit singles from the soundtrack to the 1986 American motion picture Top Gun….which became the best selling soundtrack of 1986….and one of the best selling of all time.  According to Allmusic.com, the…

Boxing – 1987 – 10 Rnd Jr Welterwt Bout With Frankie Warren Vs Gene Hatcher PreFight Show Special

DOG ASIDE: As a huge fan of the art of pugilism….this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile has become a big fan of the PreFight Shows that precede the networks airing of the actual fight….for these buildups to each fight always give insight and typically wonderful highlights of each fighter prior to entering the ring for the fight to…

Boxing – 1988 – HBO Larry Merchant Studio Review Of Mike Tyson Vs Michael Spinks Heavywt Title Fight

DOG ASIDE: Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988…..when both men were undefeated and each had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion. At the time, Tyson held the belts of all three of the major sanctioning organizations of the WBC (World Boxing Council)…the WBA (World Boxing Association)….and IBF (International…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – The Story Of # 87 Steve Chassey As Told By His Son Blake

DOG ASIDE: Steve Chassey (born February 27, 1945) is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series….who  raced in 9 seasons (1981, 1983–1989, and 1992) with 44 career starts….including the Indianapolis 500 in 1983, 1987 (as seen in this video herewith) and 1988.  He finished in the top ten 4 times….with his best finish in 5th position in 1981 at Watkins…

Boxing – 1981 – Jim Hill Interviews Broadcasters Don Dunphy + Davey Pearl + Randy Shields Before Ali Vs Berbick

DOG ASIDE: In this video clip….USA Network’s Jim Hall introduces the boxing broadcast team for the upcoming Muhammad Ali verses Trevor Berbick fight…..as legendary boxing commentator Don Dunphy is accompanied by equally legendary referee Davey Pearl…..along with well-respected welterweight contender Randy Shields. Don Dunphy (July 5, 1908 – July 22, 1998) was an American television and radio sports announcer….who specialized…

Boxing – 1980 – Lt Welterweight Bout – Aaron Pryor Vs Julio Valdez – Round 4 – With Dick Stockton

DOG ASIDE: This 10 round light welterweight bout between Aaron The Hawk Pryor verses Julion Valdez took place at Casino Miami…which was formerly known as Miami Jai-Alai Fronton….is a 6,500 seat indoor arena and casino in Miami, Florida on March 16, 1980.   Aaron Pryor was a rising star in boxing….who in his last fight of 1979 was pitted for the first time ever against a…