Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – Just Before Sugar Ray Leonard Destroys Duran

After 60+ years as a Sportsphile….I have seen many things that world class athletes have used to stimulate themselves just prior taking “center stage”…..be it a moment of silent prayer with the All Mighty….even a “mental psyche job” from a coach or trainer like Bundini Brown did for Muhammad Ali prior to him entering the ring for a…

Boxing – 1978 – Howard Cosell PostFight Interview With Ken Norton After Losing Title To Larry Holmes

Ken Norton Sr. was an American professional boxer who competed from 1967 to 1981….and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978…..who is best known for his trilogy with Muhammad Ali….in which Norton won the first fight by split decision….and lost the latter two fights by split and unanimous decision, respectively…..as Norton also fought a slugfest with Larry Holmes in 1978….after narrowly losing a split decision…..with the…

Pool – 1980 – ABC Wide World Of Sports – Howard Cosell Hosts The World Pool Trick Shot Extravaganza

Anyone who has ever played a game of pool or billiards….simply loves trick shots….and more than likely has mastered at least one or two themselves…..for ABC Wide World of Sports took trick pool shots to a whole another level in the decade of the 1980’s…..when they showcased such great pool players as Minnesota Fats….Willie Mosconi…..Allen…

Boxing – 1980 – Howard Cosell Hosts In Studio With Larry Holmes + Muhammad Ali After Their Fight

Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali was billed as “The Last Hurrah“….which was a professional boxing match contested on October 2, 1980 in Las Vegas for the WBC and Lineal Heavyweight Championships.  The fight took place at a time when Larry Holmes was in his prime as truly one of the greatest Heavyweight Champions throughout history…..while The Greatest Muhammad Ali was well past his time….but still managed…

Boxing – 1980 – Howard Cosell In Studio With Champ Sugar Ray Leonard After His NO MAS Duran Fight II

Sugar Ray Leonard makes it crystal clear to Howard Cosell that he will not sign to fight Roberto Duran for a third bout between the two champions…..especially after Manos de Piedras declared NO MAS….NO MAS!!!….towards the end of the eighth round of their 2nd fight….cuz Sugar Ray was embarrassing what was a truly great boxing champion….after Duran had…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring 3 x World Champ Ray Martin – With Howard Cosell

Ray Martin is an American professional pool player….who acquired his nicknamed “Cool Cat” when he calmly won a world title in 1971 in California….when during the event an earthquake was in progress….and it didn’t shake him a bit.  He held the World Champion title in straight pool in 1971, 1974 and 1978.  He is one of only seven players in the last century to win three…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring Steve Mizerak – With Howard Cosell Commentary

Steve Mizerak was an American pool player….who was dominant during the 1970’s and early 1980’s…..especially in the game of straight pool / 14.1 continuous and nine-ball….when he was nicknamed “the Miz“….as he also had a brief turn at professional snooker.  He earned a teaching degree from Athens College and taught school for thirteen years before he became famous outside of…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring 9 X World Champ Irving Crane – With Howard Cosell

Irving Crane….who was nicknamed “the Deacon”….. was an American pool player from Livonia, New York….that ranks at the top among the stellar players in the history of the sport…..who is considered one of the all-time greats….and was best known for his mastery in the game of straight pool….at which he won 9 world championships….plus another six world billiards titles.  In this wonderful video….The…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring 1977 World Champ Allen Hopkins With Howard Cosell

Allen Hopkins is an American professional pocket billiards (pool) player….professional billiards color commentator….and BCA Hall of Fame inductee….who promotes multiple annual pool events and still competes as a professional contender. At seven years old….after watching many tournaments on television….Allen began to play pool on a small table his parents bought for him….and as an amateur at the age of 12….Hopkins “ran” a prodigious 110 balls…