Motorcycle Racing – 1978 – Super Bikers Competition – From Motocross + Dirt Bike + Road Race

DOG COMMENTARY:  ABC Sports created a motorcycle racing competition during the late-1970’s that they tagged The Super Bikers Competition….which brought together the world’s best motorcycle racers from the three major classes of racing….motocross, dirt bike and road bike….and aired the competition on their popular weekend anthology sports program, Wide World of Sports.…as this particular segment seen…

Other Sports – 1979 – Barrell Jumping World Cup + Sumo Wrestling Grand Nationals

DOG COMMENTARY: Barrel jumping was never an Olympic sport….although it is a sport indeed….which has been covered on ABC’s Wide World of Sports….as seen in this video herewith….and as the name implies….it’s all about jumping over barrels on ice skates. The skater circles the rink a few times to pick up speed….when at about 30…

Frisbee – 1979 – World Frisbee Disc Championships – Human + Canine Competitions – Rose Bowl

DOG ASIDE: In 1975, Irv Lander, Alex Stein and Eldon McIntire first organized a World Championship for flying-disc (Frisbee) catching dogs and their handlers….and as the event continued annually….Stein and his disc dog, Ashley Whippet, won the first three championships in 1975, 1976 and 1977.  McIntire was the owner of another disc dog named Hyper Hank….and since Lander worked…

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…