Boxing – 1985 – The Story Of Trainer Eddie Futch Being In Both Larry Holmes & Michael Spinks Corner

DOG ASIDE: Eddie Futch (August 9, 1911 – October 10, 2001) was a boxing trainer…..who among his credentials included training four of the five boxers who defeated Muhammad Ali…including Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick….as Futch also trained  Riddick Bowe and Montell Griffin….when they handed future Hall of Fame fighters Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones, Jr., their first professional defeats. In Baltimore, Maryland,…

Boxing – 1984 – Sugar Ray Leonard Talks About His Career And Marvin Hagler For Sportsman Of Year

DOG ASIDE: This video is an excerpt of the 1984 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award Show….in which host Merlin Olsen introduces 1981 winner of the coveted Sports Illustrated award….who speaks about his career….and specifically about the challenges of retiring from the ring and then returning to the ring.  Sugar Ray Leonard is without question,…

Boxing – 1981 – Davey Pearl Interviews Trevor Berbick After Defeating Muhammad Ali + Fight Recap

DOG ASIDE: The Drama in Bahamas was a ten-round boxing match that took place between Muhammad Ali and Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas on December 11, 1981….when Ali was 39 years old at this time and Berbick was 27 years old. The fight went the distance with Berbick winning through a unanimous decision on points. This was Ali’s last boxing match. The…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Jim McKay Provides Inside Look At The Challenges Of Qualifying For The Indy 500

DOG ASIDE: Throughout the years, the race has used a number of different qualifying procedures….with the current four-lap (ten-mile) qualifying distance being first introduced in 1920….and has been used every year since 1939….whereas in 2014, the qualifying procedure was refined….such that the pole position winner and the starting grid would be determined over two days.…

Boxing – 1981 – Don Dunphy PreFight Analysis + Interview With Ernie Singletary Before Hearns Fight

DOG ASIDE Ernie Singletary was a typical Philadelphia fighter…..tough, well trained, always prepared, could take a punch as evidenced by his ability to go the distance with Thomas Hitman Hearns….who fought some mighty fine middleweights in his 26 win 6 loss career such as Murray Sutherland, Jame Hardrock Green, world champ Alan Minter and Frank Animal Fletcher…..as he is interviewed…

Auto Racing – 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay Recaps The Indy 500 Race At Lap 104 Of 200

DOG ASIDE: On August 19, 1985, after years of being shown tape delayed….ABC Sports signed an initial three-year deal to cover the Indianapolis 500 live flag-to-flag starting in 1986….as longtime anchor Jim McKay was moved to the host position….with play-by-play being handled by Jim Lampley and Sam Posey.  Since the Daytona 500 had been shown live flag-to-flag on CBS since 1979….and ABC officials had wanted…

Boxing – 1980 – Highlights – Best Fights In 1980 – Leonard Vs Duran Ali Vs Holmes Cuevas Vs Hearns

DOG ASIDE: This video is really something special…..as it captures the entire year of 1980 in boxing….which was a really dramatic year in the sport…..as four legends in boxing faced off against each other…..when Surgar Ray Leonard went toe to toe with Nabis de Piedra (hands of stone) Roberto Duran in the first fight…..and ended the…

Auto Racing – 1986 – ABCs Jack Arute Interviews Pole Sitter Rick Mears Prior To Start Of Indy 500

DOG ASIDE: Rick Ravon Mears (born December 3, 1951), also known by the nickname “Rocket Rick”….is a retired  American race car driver….who is one of three men to win the Indianapolis 500 four times in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991….and is the current record-holder for pole positions in the race with six in 1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991.  Rocket Rick is also…

Boxing – 1985 – Dick Enberg Interviews Tex Cobb + Last 2 Rounds Of Cobb Vs Gregory Heavyweight Fight

DOG ASIDE: Randall Craig “Tex” Cobb (born May 7, 1950) is an American former professional boxer who competed in the heavyweight division…..who was widely considered to possess one of the greatest chins of all time….for Cobb was a brawler who also packed considerable punching power.  He began his fighting career in full contact kickboxing in 1975 before making the jump to professional boxing two years later. He challenged Larry…