Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Special – Rowing + Canoeing Highlights Put To Classical Music

DOG ASIDE: Rowing at the Summer Olympics has been part of the competition since its debut in the 1900 Summer Olympics….as rowing was on the program at the 1896 Summer Olympics….but was cancelled due to bad weather. Only men were allowed to compete until the women’s events were introduced at the 1976 Montreal Olympics….which gave national federations the incentive to support…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Special – ABCs Frank Gifford Reports On The Effect Of Smog At The Games

DOG ASIDE: Smog is a type of severe air pollution….with the word “smog” being coined in the early 20th century as a blending of the words smoke and fog to refer to smoky fog, its opacity, and odor. The word was then intended to refer to what was sometimes known as pea soup fog….which is a familiar and serious problem in London from the 19th century…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Becky Dixon + Jim McKay Introduce The Horses And Odds At The Preakness Stakes

DOG ASIDE: In this video, ABC’s Wide World of Sports co-hosts Becky Dixon and Jim McKay provide the viewer with a complete rundown of the 1987 Kentucky Derby field along with their odds….and since we have many Jim McKay videos from which to write about him….so, we’ll just focus today’s post on his “partner in crime”…

MLB – 1973 – Keith Jackson Highlights Mets Bud Harrelson Fight With Reds Pete Rose

DOG ASIDE: This 1973 flashback features ABC’s legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson reflecting on his interview with Mets 3B Coach Bud Harrelson prior to the 1986 NLCS between the Houston Astros vs N Y Mets….as the ex-Mets SS back in 1973 recollects his fight with Reds OF Pete Rose. Derrel McKinley “Bud” Harrelson (born June 6, 1944) is…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Jim McKay Tells Of Son Bettering Father In Story Of Alysheba + Alydar

DOG ASIDE:  I have often written about the “elegance and eloquence” of Jim McKay when he gets a mike in his hand to introduce an event featuring a special athlete…..and this video is just living proof of how we feel about McKay…..“The son surpassing the father….a very American story.”….as he tells the story of Alysheba…

Special – 1986 – NBCs One Minute Pause For Intermission For Super Bowl XX – Bears Vs Patriots

DOG ASIDE: Intermissions in early films had a practical purpose….as they were needed to facilitate the changing of reels….evidenced by when Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth (The Loves of Queen Elizabeth), starring Sarah Bernhardt, opened on July 12, 1912 in the Lyceum Theatre in New York City….the four reel film was shown in four acts, with an intermission at each reel…

NBA – 1986 – WTBS Rick Barry Highlights The Story Of The Slam Dunk – A Symphony In D Major

DOG ASIDE: A slam dunk, also simply known as a dunk, is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air….while controling the ball above the horizontal plane of the rim….and scores by putting the ball directly through the basket with one or both hands….which is considered a type of field goal that  is worth two…

NBA – 1987 – James Brown Interview Boston Garden Carpenter Paul Dembickt On Parquet Floor Condition

DOG ASIDE: Boston Garden was an arena in Boston that was designed by boxing promoter Tex Rickard….who also built the third iteration of New York’s Madison Square Garden….as it opened on November 17, 1928 as “Boston Madison Square Garden” ….and later shortened to just…. and outlived its original namesake by 30 years. The Garden hosted home games for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL)…

Track + Field – 1986 – Special – Olympic Hero Wilma Rudolph Speaks For The NCAA And Tells Her Story

DOG ASIDE: Wilma Glodean Rudolph (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was an American sprinter from Clarksville, Tennessee….who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field following her successes in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and 1960 Rome Olympic….as Rudolph competed in the 200m dash and won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100-meter relay in 1956….then she won three gold medals in…