Comedy – 1977 – Special – Billy Crystal Does Louie Armstrong

DOG COMMENTARY: Every now and then a comedian comes along who just nails an impression of someone who is extremely will known from the world of sports….and this video provides evidence of just one of those times….as Billy Crystal is “spot on” with his impression of jazz great Louie Armstrong….which is pretty amazing when you consider a…

Boxing – 1908 To 1915 – HBO Special – Boxings Best – Jack Johnson

DOG COMMENTARY: Jack Johnson was nicknamed the Galveston Giant and was an American boxer….who, at the height of the Jim Crow era in America, became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion in 1908….and held the title until 1915.  Among the period’s most dominant champions, Johnson remains a boxing legend, with his 1910 fight against James J. Jeffries dubbed the “fight of the century”. …

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…

Comedy – 1981 – Special – Red Skelton – Funny Faces Too

DOG COMMENTARY: Red Skelton is rapidly becoming ImaSportsphile’s guardian angel….for his popularity on our site…..which exceeds 2 million views just of Red’s videos on our web page…..has gone a long way in helping our site gain the notoriety that we so gratefully hope continues to come…..so, I have decided to give our viewers of this…

Music – 1978 – Special – Songs Of The Funny Papers – Host Lori Anderson

DOG ASIDE: At the opening of the wonderful television special Those Fantastic Funnies….the host of the program, actress Loni Anderson, does an introduction to the program by introducing some of the “songs of the funny papers”….which features music from Popeye The Sailor….Barney Google with the “googlely eyes”….“Dennis The Menace”…..“Lil Orphan Annie”…..along with the entire funny paper cast singing about…

NFL – 1983 – Special – NFLs Best Ever Quarterbacks – Graham + Tarkenton + Staubach + Unitas

DOG ASIDE: A quarterback is a position in American and Canadian football as a member of the offensive team…. who line up directly behind the center on the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team….and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle.  In the NFL, while the starting quarterback has no other responsibility or authority….he…

NFL – 1986 – Special – The NFLs Best Special Teams – Seattle Seahawks

DOG COMMENTARY:  Special Teams in the NFL consist of eight different positions players designated as “special team players”…..as special teams are units that are on the field during kicking plays….and while many players who appear on offensive or defensive squads also play similar roles on special teams….ie: offensive linemen to block or defensive players to tackle….plus…

Comedy – 1982 – Special – Rich Little Salutes Hollywood

DOG COMMENTARY: Richard Caruthers Little (born November 26, 1938) is a Canadian-American impressionist and voice actor….who has been nicknamed “The Man of a Thousand Voices”.….who began his career as an usher at the Elgin Movie Theater in Ottawa….where he would perfect his voices while standing at the back of the theater during live performances….as he started his amateur acting career at Ottawa’s…

Music – 1980 – Special – Tribute To Hank Williams Sr – The Man And His Music

DOG COMMENTARY: Growing up in West Texas….our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile…..was weened on country music….and especially Hank Williams, Sr. songs during the 1950’s and 1960’s….and although Hank was on this earth a mere 30 years…..he wrote a lifetime of songs (some 200+ that were recorded) that established him as one of America’s most prolific…