Special 1985 ESPN SportsCenter With David Sullivan Featuring NHL + College Football + College

DOG ASIDE: SportsCenter was conceived in 1979 and created by ESPN executives Chet Simmons and Scotty Connal….with the program being originally anchored by Chris Berman, George Grande, Greg Gumbel, Lee Leonard, Bob Ley, Sal Marchiano and Tom Mees….of whom Berman and Ley still remain employed with the network as of 2017. George Grande and Lee Leonard….a longtime New York City sportscaster…..introduced the country to ESPN when…

MLB 1984 The Unofficial Baseball Handbook Special Feature Those Zany Goofy Fans

DOG ASIDE: Several psychologists have studied fan loyalty….and what causes a person to be a loyal fan….you know, one that sticks with a team through “thick and thin”….rather than a “bandwagon fan or fair weather fan”,… who switches support to whatever teams happens to be successful at the time. We here at ImaSportsphile attribute the definition of which type…

MLB – 1986 – Mel Allen T.W.I.B Notes With Highlights Of Indians OF Pat Tabler + Twins Kirby Puckett

DOG ASIDE: Patrick Sean Tabler (born February 2, 1958) is an American former Major League Baseball player and currently a color analyst for the Toronto Blue Jays on the Canadian sports television network Rogers Sportsnet and formerly with TSN.  In 1983, Tabler was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Jerry Dybzinski….and became their starting first baseman. That year he hit .291 in 124 games….as he became quickly known as…

NBA – 1986 – Music Special – I Want To Play My Game Tonight – Americas Game It Is FANtastic

DOG ASIDE:  The NBA has been running advertisements for the league that carries the moniker “NBA America’s Game, It’s FANtastic” for many many years…..in which they sync NBA highlights with music…..as seen in this video herewith to the music of I Want To Play My Game Tonight.   To this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile….this “It’s FANtastic” campaign to promote the NBA…

NFL – 1986 – NBC Sports Special – Super Bowl XX Animated Intermission At The Concession Stand

DOG ASIDE: Any folks that were around back in the 1950’s. 1960’s and 1970’s….probably saw a movie at one time or another at a Drive-In Theaters in America…..for this was the place that a young fella liked to take his favorite gal to watch a cinema on the really big screen….where you sat in your…

Olympics – 1979 Road To Moscow Special – USA Al Oerter + Jane Fredericks In Preparation

DOG ASIDE: Alfred Oerter Jr. (September 19, 1936 – October 1, 2007) was an American athlete and a four-time Olympic Champion in the discus throw…..as he became the first athlete to win a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games.  Oerter began his Olympic career at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics….where he was not considered the…

Special – 1986 – President Reagan Congratulates ABC Wide World Of Sports 25 Year Anniversary Show

DOG ASIDE: ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998….primarily on Saturday afternoons….which was hosted by Jim McKay….with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987 ….as the title continued to be used for general sports programs on the network until 2006.  In…

Special – 1979 – The Chipperfields Circus Special – The Elephant Act – With Host Robert Morley

DOG ASIDE: Chipperfield’s Circus is a long-running English family show based on the 300-year-old Chipperfield dynasty…..which started with James Chipperfield and his performing animals at the Thames Frost Fair of 1684. Through the 19th century, the circus toured all of England….with a menagerie of animals….and teams of acrobats and clowns. Under the management of Jimmy Chipperfield after World War II….the show became one of the…

NCAA Football – 1985 – Raycom Sports Special – The University Of Texas Summer Honors Colloquium Program

DOG ASIDE: Every summer, nearly 600 rising high school seniors spend a summer weekend on campus of The University of Texas at Austin…. getting a taste of college classes and culture at the Honors Colloquium…. which is a recruitment event….under the leadership of the School of Undergraduate Studies staff…which invites Texas high school students to explore…