Comedy – 1987 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News

DOG ASIDE: Not Necessarily the News (shortened as NNTN) is an American satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special….and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990….which was Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels’s first professional television writing gig. The show was considered an inspiration and a predecessor to future news satirical programs like The Daily…

Comedy – 1984 – The Fantastic Funnies – Host Loni Anderson

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1984 TV special Those Fantastic Funnies hosted by Loni Anderson is absolutely priceless to us at ImaSportsphile….cuz there is nothing more American than the funnies…..as along with sports, the comic strips are maybe the best of the complex culture and society known as the USA A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in…

Special – 1981 – Year Of Sports In Review – Host George Plimpton Covers The World Of Sports In 1981

DOG ASIDE:    Nobody produced better highlight reviews of the year in sports than George Plimpton’s syndicated programs….as his specials just seemed to be a little more special than the others produced by various networks….and this review of the year 1981 by Plimpton was no exception.    1981 was an outstanding year in sports….which provided…

Comedy – 1980 – Special – Albert Brooks – Performing Open Heart Surgery

DOG COMMENTARY: Albert Brooks is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director….who has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 1987’s Broadcast News….and was widely praised for his performance in the 2011 film Drive….as his voice acting credits include Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016)….which along with recurring guest voices for The Simpsons….including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie (2007). He…

Comedy – 1984 – Special – Robin Williams – Mork + Garp + Popeye Introspective

DOG PHILOSOPHY:  There is such a fine line between genius and lunacy…..between comedic and tragic….between happy and depressed…..and Robin Williams placed an incredible amount of talent….which was consumed by creative genius coupled with a “rapid fire” spontaneous mind….with a huge splash of humor applied as easily as every character change…. and with all of that working…

Fast Pitch Softball – 1988 – Special – Tribute To Eddie Feigner – The King And His Court

DOG COMMENTARY:  There are heroes and then there are HEROES….and fast pitch softball pitcher Eddie “The King” Feigner is one of those HEROS….as anointed by the original Sportsphile back in 1957 in Midland, Texas…..and then re-confirmed as one of those HEROES in 1965 in Odessa, TX….when The King and His Court barnstormed throughout West Texas…..while playing the very best…

NCAA Football – 1977 – Special – Texas Longhorns: Undefeated Season + Earl Campbell Heisman Winner

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1977 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season….as the Longhorns finished the regular season with an 11–0 record….after riding the broad shoulders and strong legs of RB Earl Campbell….who won the Heisman Trophy in 1977 and led the nation in rushing with 1,744 yards….as he became the first…

Comedy – 1980 – Chevy Chase Hosts Young Comedians – Bill Kirchenbauer + Irv Burton + Denny Johnson

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1980 HBO Comedy Special Young Commedians with Host Chevy Chase….and featuring Bill Kirkenbauer and Denny Johnson is “top shelf” comedy….I mean,…not only do we have Chase doing some of his best physical comedy routines…..but also the incredible comedic talents of Bill Kirkenbauer, Irv Burton and Denny Johnson. William Alfred “Bill” Kirchenbauer is an American actor and stand-up comedian….who has appeared…

Music – 1976 To 1981 – Special – The Best Of Austin City Limits

DOG ASIDE:  This Best of Austin City Limits – 1976 To 1981 provides a look at the vast diversity of “top shelf” music from The Charlie Daniels Band playing People Down In Texas….to Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers singing She’s A Broken Lady….to country legend Willie Nelson and the Family Band doing Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain….to R…