Olympics – 1968 Mexico City – Track – POL Irena Kirszenstein & USA Barbara Ferrell

DOG ASIDE: Irena Szewińska (born Irena Kirszenstein on 24 May 1946) is a retired Polish sprinter who was one of the world’s foremost athletes for nearly two decades, in multiple events.  She won gold in Tokyo in 1964 in the 4 x 100m relay and silver in the 200m and long jump….then gold in 1968…

Olympics – 1956 Melbourne – Track – Mens 800m – USA Tom Courtney & GB Derek Johnson

DOG ASIDE: Thomas “Tom” William Courtney (born August 17, 1933) is a retired American athlete…winner of two gold medals at the 1956 Summer Olympics….who was born in Newark, New Jersey….as Tom Courtney came into national prominence while a student at Fordham University, winning the 1955 NCAA 880 yd (805 m) title.  An AAU champion in 400m…

Olympics – 1960 Rome – Track Mens 800m – BEL Roger Moens & NZL Peter Snell

DOG ASIDE: During the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics…track and field men’s 800m featured George Kerr of the West Indies, Belguim’s Roger Moens and New Zealand’s Peter Snell in a classic head to head to head competition.  The 800m has always provided historic competition during the Olympics…..and 1960 at Rome was no difference….as the outcome is…

Olympics – 1972 Munich & 1976 Montreal – Track – Mens 5000m & 10000m – FIN Lasse Viren

DOG ASIDE: Lasse Artturi Virén (born 22 July 1949) is a Finnish former long-distance runner….winner of four gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics.  Born in Myrskylä, Finland, Virén recaptured the image of the “Flying Finns” promoted by runners like Hannes Kolehmainen, Paavo Nurmi, and Ville Ritola in the 1920’s. After his career…

Olympics – 1948 London – Track – Mens 800m – USA Mal Whitfield & GB Arthur Wendt

DOG ASIDE: The Olympic Games are revived in London’s Wembley Stadium after the Games had been on the shelf for twelve years….while taking time off for World War I and II.  Since the beginning of the modern olympics…. the men’s track and field 800m run has been a popular event because there have been some…

Olympics – 1976 Montreal – Men’s Decathlon – USA Bruce Jenner

DOG ASIDE: The Men’s decathlon competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 29–30 July. The decathlon consists of ten track and field events, with a points system that awards higher scores for better results in each of the ten components. The athletes all compete in one…

Special – MLB Salary Comparison Of 1963 and 1983 & Al Oerter On Steroids

DOG ASIDE: This video provides a really interesting look at the highest paid MLB players in 1963…..and how that compares with the highest paid player salaries of 1983….and do you know what grew that salary base?…..the boob tube….that’s television folks…..for this reason for growth has escalated beyond belief since 1983 to 2016.  This video then…

1979 NBC SportsWorld – Muhammad Ali Indoor Track Meet – With Dick Enberg & Ali

DOG ASIDE: This video of the 1979 Muhammad Ali Indoor Track Meet features a world class 60m Dash line-up with Harvey Glance, Steve Williams, Clancy Edwards, Charlie Wells, Dwayne Evans, Steve Riddick, Houston McTear and Donald Quarrie…..with a new world indoor record of 6.74 seconds. Also on this video is the 800m with Mike Boyt,…

1979 SportsWorld – Muhammad Ali Indoor Track Meet – Mens High Jump Dwight Stones

DOG ASIDE: Known as ‘The Ali’ by Track & Field enthusiasts of the day. The Muhammad Ali Invitational Track Meet started in 1979 in Long Beach, CA. The highlight was an 800-meter race that featured high-jumper Dwight Stones, former WBA heavyweight champ Jimmy Ellis, jockey Angel Cordero, and U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. Ali got involved in…