Olympics – 1984 – L A Games – Equestrian Team Show Jump + Boxing + Diving + Wrestling + Track 800m

DOG COMMENTARY: Day 11 of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics took place on Tuesday, August 7th….as ABC’s coverage in this daytime 3 hour block of coverage featured the Equestrian Team Show Jumping preliminary round….with Team USA featuring Joe Fargis on Touch of Class….Conrad Homefeld on Abdulla ….Melanie Smith on Calypso…..and Leslie Howard on Albany…..as this eventual gold medal winning team…

Olympics – 1980 – Special – USA Road To Moscow – Jane Frederick + Kayak Team + Al Oerter

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1980 Olympic Special was aired in advance of US President Jimmy Carter’s unpopular decision to let politics enter the Olympics Games by boycotting the Moscow Olympics….while denying all USA Olympic Team athletes from competing in something they had been training for during the four years prior to the 1980 Olympics.  Prior MLB…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games – Mens – 3m Diving + Boxing + Pole Vault + 200m Dash + Basketball Semis

DOG ASIDE: This Wednesday, August 8, 1984 ABC Sports telecast of Day 12 at the Los Angeles Olympics includes some of the outstanding athletes at these games including USA diver Greg Loughanis in the 3m springboard competition…..USA sprinter Carl Lewis in the men’s track 200m finals…..Great Britian’s Daley Thompson in the men’s decathlon competition…..France’s Pierre…

Martial Arts – 1978 – Special – The World Of Self Defense – Madison Square Garden

DOG COMMENTARY: Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense or include self-defense techniques….as some styles train primarily for self-defense….while other martial or combat sports can be effectively applied for self-defense. Some martial arts train how to escape from a knife or gun situation….or how to break away from a punch….while others train how to attack. To provide…

Golf – 1987 – Sports Look Special – Interview Of Golfer Mac O’Grady – Host Roy Firestone

DOG COMMENTARY: Mac O’Grady is an American professional golfer and golf teaching professional who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970’s and 1980’s….who was known mainly for his eccentric behavior and brash statements….in addition to his attending PGA Tour qualifying school 17 times before achieving his card…. during which time he legally changed his name from Phil McGleno to Phillip McClelland O’Grady and then to…

Tennis – 1986 – Wimbledon Mens Dbls Finals – Nystrom+Wilander Vs Fleming+Donnelly – 2nd + 3rd Sets

DOG ASIDE:  Heinz Günthardt and Balázs Taróczy were the defending Wimbledon men’s doubles champions….but they lost in the first round to Sammy Giammalva and Greg Holmes….while Sweden’s Joakim Nyström and Mats Wilander faced USA’s Gary Donnelly and Peter Fleming in the finals of this 1986 Wimbledon Championship. Nystrom + Wilander reached these finals by defeating USA Ken Flack + Robert Seguso in the quarterfinals…..then dispatched South…

Cycling – 1987 – Tour De France – Ireland Stephen Roche Winner

DOG COMMENTARY:    The 1987 Tour de France was the race’s 74th edition….which took place from July 1st thru 26th….and  consisted of 25 stages over 4,231 km (2,629 mi)….which resulted in the closest three-way finish in the Tour until the 2007 Tour de France….and it was won by Stephen Roche….who was the first and only Irishman to do so….after the winner of…

Golf – 1985 – Highlights – US National Amateur Tournament – Host Jack Whitaker

DOG ASIDE:  ABC’s golf expert for many years, Jack Whitaker, provides a wonderful overview and highlights of the 1985 US National Amatuer Golf Championship….as it evolved into the quarter finals of match play….featuring players like Jay Sigel….who had won this tournament in 1982 and 1983….along with Scott Verplank….who had won in 1984….but both were defeated…