NFL – 1985 – Special – NBC At The Half – AFC Divisional Playoffs – Raiders Vs Pats – Highlights

DOG ASIDE;    This NBC halftime special for the 1985 AFC Divisional Playoff game be the New England Patriots verses the Los Angeles Raiders brings together some of the legends of sports broadcasters who grew up with NBC Sports….including Bob Costas and Pete Axthelm at the NFL ’85 news desk….as they break down the 1st half of…

Professional Wrestling – 1985 – CBS Special – The Greatest Show Around – Inside The WWF

DOG COMMENTARY:    This CBS Sports program features Bob Costas…..as he takes a look a the incredible success of professional wrestling….and specifically the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)….which has a history that dates back to the early 1950’s when it was founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt….who founded the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC)….which has undergone numerous name changes throughout the years….from World…

Boxing – 1985 – Special – Greatest USA Olympic Boxers In History – Host Al Albert + Randy Gordon

DOG ASIDE:   USA Network was an active player in live televised boxing during the Golden Age of Boxing (1964 – 1999)….especially with their Saturday Night At The Fights program….featuring their boxing broadcast team of Al Albert (brother of legendary sportscaster Marv Albert) and Randy Gordon….who grew up around the fight game in New York City.    This USA Boxing Special…

NCAAM Basketball – 1986 – CBS Special – Road To The Final Four – Hosts Jim Nance & Bill Raftery

DOG ASIDE:    It seems to us at ImaSportsphile that CBS Sports has been bringing the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament forever….but they actually out-bid NBC for the rights to the tournament in 1982….and have been bringing March Madness to America and the world every year since then.    This CBS special Road to the Final Four was aired on…

Boxing – 1971 To 1976 – Special – Joe Frazier Talks About 3 Fights With Muhammad Ali

DOG COMMENTARY:  With the possible exception of David vs. Goliath….the greatest rivalry in the history of individual human combat was the three-fight trilogy staged by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier from 1971-75…..which began as the embodiment of the culture war taking place at that time in America….and it evolved into a conflict in the ring…

NBA – 1985 – All Star Game Halftime – Old Timers Game + Slam Dunk Contest – Jordan + Wilkins + Dr J

DOG COMMENTARY:     The 1985 NBA Slam Dunk Contest is widely heralded as one of the greatest dunk contests of all time….as it showcased two of the highest flyers of the time in Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins….along with fellow competitors Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving, Darrell Griffith, Larry Nance, Terence Stansbury, and Orlando Woolridge….as both Nance and Erving had first round byes due to their finishing…

Boxing – 1989 – HBO Prefight Special – World Heavyweight Title – Carl Williams Vs Mike Tyson

DOG ASIDE:    HBO always put on a great fight telecast….which not only included some fantastic fights during the Golden Age of Boxing (1964 – 1999)….but also featured some of the best Pre-fight Shows and Post-fight Interviews….as they showcased some of the very best “boxer profiles” produced in all of sports….for this video provides evidence to that fact….with…

NCAA Football – 1986 – Special – The Texas A & M Aggie Bonfire Prior To The Texas Longhorn Game

DOG COMMENTARY:  There has never been or ever will be a rivalry quite like the rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A & M Aggies….with the first meeting being in 1894….and by 1911, Texas led the series 15–4–2. The series went back and forth until 1939….but Texas still led 27–15–4.  After that, Texas…

NFL – 1985 – Pregame Show – AFC Divisional Championship – NE Patriots Vs LA Raiders

DOG ASIDE:  This NBC Pregame Show for the 1985 NFL AFC Divisional Championship between the New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles was hosted by the NFL ’85 crew of Bob Costas, Ahmad Rashad and Pete Axthelm….along with their legendary broadcast team of Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen.  As a side note, the sports world lost…