NHL – 1986 – ESPN Tom Mees + Jim Kelly Intro To 38th All Star Game And Covering The Hartford Center

DOG ASIDE: The 38th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, home to the Hartford Whalers, on February 4, 1986.  As 15,100 fans jammed the Hartford Civic Center on February 4, 1986….ESPN sportscaster Tom Mees and Jim Kelly worked the crowd throughout the game….while providing interviews of famous dignitaries in the crowd….along with special features about…

NHL – 1986 – ESPN Jim Kelly Highlights Reigning All Star Game MVP Penguins Mario Lemieux

DOG ASIDE: Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins….who played parts of 17 National Hockey League seasons with the Penquins from 1984 to 2006….while assuming ownership in 1999.  Dubbed The Magnificent One or Le Magnifique….as well as Super Mario….he is widely acknowledged to have been one of the best players of all time…..who was a…

Golf – 1985 – The Skins Game Special – Vin Scully + Peter Jacobson Talk All Things Skins Game

DOG ASIDE: The Skins Game was an unofficial-money event on the PGA Tour from 1983 to 2008. It took place in November or December each year after the end of the official PGA Tour season. It was recognized by the PGA Tour but did not count towards the official money list. The Skins Game differed from most PGA Tour…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Jack Whitaker + Charlsie Cantey Report From The Stables At The Preakness

DOG ASIDE:  This video features ABC’s Wide World of Sports reporters Jack Whitaker and Charlsie Cantey in the jockey’s dressing room and the stables at Pimlico Racetrack for the 112th running of the Preakness Stakes.   Charlsie Cantey (born 1946) is one of broadcasting’s veteran thoroughbred horse racing analysts….who as an American sportscaster, worked for ESPN (1985–2002), ABC Sports (1986–2000), WOR-TV (1975–1977), CBS Sports (1977–1986), USA Network (2002–2005) and NBC Sports (2000–2005).  Cantey joined ABC…

Boxing – 1986 – HBOs Barry Tompkins Introduction To Heavyweight Bout With Mitch Green Vs Mike Tyson

DOG ASIDE:  In this video herewith….HBO’s Barry Tompkins provides the introduction for the 10 round heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden between two legends of boxing in and around New York City in the mid-1980’s which featured Iron Mike Tyson verses Mitch Blood Green  . Barry David Tompkins (born May 2, 1940) is an American sportscaster…who is best known…

Boxing – 1986 – HBOs Tompkins + Leonard + Merchant PreFight Comments On Camacho Vs Boza Edwards

DOG ASIDE: Cornelius Boza Edwards (born 27 May 1956) is the former WBC Super Featherweight Champion of the World….who fought in both the Super Featherweight and Lightweight divisions. Edwards was born in Uganda and emigrated to England….where he lived for a long period. He currently lives in the United States, where he trains other boxers. Boza-Edwards won the WBC world…

MLB – 1985 – ABCs Al Michaels PreGame Introduction To World Series Cardinals Vs Royals Game 3

DOG ASIDE: Al Michaels initially joined ABC as the back-up announcer on Monday Night Baseball in 1976….and was  promoted to the network on a full-time basis the following year…..becoming ABC’s lead announcer replacing Keith Jackson in 1983. Over the next three decades, Michaels covered a wide variety of sports for ABC….to include Major League Baseball….as seen in this video…

Horse Racing – 1987 – ABC Sports Kentucky Derby Special – Singing Of My Old Kentucky Home

DOG ASIDE: “My Old Kentucky Home“ is an anti-slavery ballad originally as written by Stephen Foster in 1852. Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm called Federal Hill. Today, the song My Old Kentucky Home remains an important composition due…

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…