NCAAM – 1986 – CBSs Jim Nance + Bill Rafferty Spotlight The Road To The Final Four Regional Finals

DOG ASIDE: William Joseph Raftery (born April 19, 1943) is an American basketball analyst and former college basketball coach….who has consecutively served as an analyst and play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ college basketball coverage for over 33 years.  Raftery was also an analyst with ESPN…where he was primarily partnered with Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas….and formerly Mike Gorman for Big East games. He has also served as an analyst for CBS Radio/Westwood One’s…

MLB – 1986 – ESPNs Chris Berman + George Grande The Home Run Derby At The All Star Game

DOG ASIDE: The Home Run Derby is an annual home run hitting contest in Major League Baseball (MLB) customarily held the day before the MLB All-Star Game….which places the contest on a Monday in July. Since the inaugural derby in 1985, the event has seen several rule changes, evolving from a short outs-based competition, to multiple rounds, and eventually a bracket-style timed…

MLB – 1986 – Old Timers Game PostGame Interviews Of P Tug McGraw + SS Cookie Rojas + Rocky Colavito

DOG ASIDE: Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw, Jr. (August 30, 1944 – January 5, 2004) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher and the father of American singer and actor Tim McGraw. He is remembered for coining the phrase “Ya Gotta Believe” ….which became a popular rallying cry for the New York Mets….and for recording the final out via a strikeout of the Kansas City Royals’ Willie Wilson in…

MLB – 1987 – CBSs Tim Ryan Tell The Story Of The Split Finger Fastball And Astros P Mike Scott

DOG ASIDE: Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955) is an American former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and the Houston Astros….who won the National League Cy Young Award in 1986…..as Scott is part of a select group of pitchers that have thrown a no-hitter and struck out 300 batters in the same season. The turning point in Scott’s career came in 1985….when he became a…

MLB – 1987 – NBCs Bob Costas PostGame Interview With All Star Game MVP Montreal OF Tim Raines

DOG ASIDE: Timothy Raines Sr. (born September 16, 1959)….who was nicknamed “Rock”…. is an American former  professional baseball player…..who played as a left fielder in Major League Baseball for six different teams from 1979 to 2002….and was best known for his 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos…..as seen in this video herewith.  He is regarded as one of the best lead-off hitters and base runners in baseball history. Raines…

Golf – 1978 – Curt Gowdy Hilites Year In Golf – Featuring Tom Watson + Jack Nicklaus + Nancy Lopez

DOG ASIDE: Legendary sportscaster Curt Gowdy provides highlights of professional golf in 1978…..with highlights of leading money winner Tom Watson on the men’s tour with $329,429…..and Nancy Lopez on the LPGA with $189,814.  Gowdy goes on to cover the majors winners on the men’s side….with Andy North winning the US Open….Gary Player winning the Masters…..Jack…

Boxing – 1990 – HBOs Larry Merchant Interviews With Buster Douglas + Mike Tyson On Possible Long Count

DOG ASIDE: Going into this fight….Mike Tyson was the undefeated and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world….holding the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles.  Despite the several controversies that marked Tyson’s profile at the time….such as his “fiery” relationship with Robin Givens….added to the contractual battles with longtime manager Bill Cayton….whom Tyson didn’t care for…..especially after the death of father-like Jim Jacobs….and then there…

MLB – 1930s – Baseballs Greatest Hits – Yankees Babe Ruth Swan Song + Lou Gehrig Retirement Speech

DOG ASIDE: In 1931, Joe McCarthy was hired as manager and brought the Yankees back to the top of the AL….after which they swept the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series….and brought the team’s streak of consecutive World Series game wins to 12. This series was made famous by Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot“ in game three of the series at Wrigley Field….which…

Horse Racing – 1978 – Howard Cosell + Bill Hartack + Steve Cauthen Review Preakness Win By Affirmed

DOG ASIDE: Steve Cauthen (born May 1, 1960) is an American jockey who is now retired….who in 1977 became the first jockey to win over $6 million in a year… and in 1978 he became the youngest jockey to win the U. S. Triple Crown….as Cauthen is the only jockey ever named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.  After riding for a…