NCAAF – 1984 – ABC Sports Freedom Bowl Hilites Iowa Vs Texas + Locker Room Speech Texas Coach Akers

DOG ASIDE: Fred Akers (born March 17, 1938) is a former American football player and coach….who served as head football coach at the University of Wyoming from 1975 to 1976….the University of Texas at Austin from 1977 to 1986….and Purdue University from 1987 to 1990….while compiling a career college football record of 108–75–3.   Coach Akers’ notable accomplishments include a Heisman Trophy for Earl Campbell in the 1977 season…and…

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…

MLB 1984 The Unofficial Baseball Handbook Special Feature Those Zany Goofy Fans

DOG ASIDE: Several psychologists have studied fan loyalty….and what causes a person to be a loyal fan….you know, one that sticks with a team through “thick and thin”….rather than a “bandwagon fan or fair weather fan”,… who switches support to whatever teams happens to be successful at the time. We here at ImaSportsphile attribute the definition of which type…

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…

MLB – 1986 – Mel Allen T.W.I.B Notes With Highlights Of Indians OF Pat Tabler + Twins Kirby Puckett

DOG ASIDE: Patrick Sean Tabler (born February 2, 1958) is an American former Major League Baseball player and currently a color analyst for the Toronto Blue Jays on the Canadian sports television network Rogers Sportsnet and formerly with TSN.  In 1983, Tabler was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Jerry Dybzinski….and became their starting first baseman. That year he hit .291 in 124 games….as he became quickly known as…

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…

Olympics – 1979 Road To Moscow Special – USA Al Oerter + Jane Fredericks In Preparation

DOG ASIDE: Alfred Oerter Jr. (September 19, 1936 – October 1, 2007) was an American athlete and a four-time Olympic Champion in the discus throw…..as he became the first athlete to win a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games.  Oerter began his Olympic career at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics….where he was not considered the…

MLB – 1946 – Legendary Mel Allen Highlights Unsung Cardinals Hero CF Harry The Hat Walker + Emos Slaughter

DOG ASIDE: Harry William Walker, known to baseball fans “Harry the Hat” (October 22, 1916 – August 8, 1999)….was an American baseball player, manager and coach.  “Harry the Hat” got his nickname from his habit during at-bats of continually adjusting his cap between pitches….as there were no batting helmets in his day.  His batting title came in 1947….when he hit .363 in a season…