Other Sports – 1979 – Barrell Jumping World Cup + Sumo Wrestling Grand Nationals

DOG COMMENTARY: Barrel jumping was never an Olympic sport….although it is a sport indeed….which has been covered on ABC’s Wide World of Sports….as seen in this video herewith….and as the name implies….it’s all about jumping over barrels on ice skates. The skater circles the rink a few times to pick up speed….when at about 30…

News – 1989 – Special – NBCs Marv Albert Interviews President George H Bush

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1989 video of NBC’s Marv Albert interviewing US President George H. Bush on the subject of baseball is precious to us at ImaSportsphile….cuz back in 1957, our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile played Little League baseball for the Midland Central Little League Braves….and regularly faced faced a Cubs team that was led…

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…

Horse Racing – 1986 – The Breeders Cup – Santa Anita Park Racetrack

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1986 Breeders’ Cup was the 3rd edition of the cup….and was held for the first time under the majestic San Gabriel Mountains at Santa Anita Park. A record Breeders’ Cup crowd of 69,155 were on hand to witness the 4-year-old Lady’s Secret go wire to wire to win the Distaff and become…

Comedy – 1975 To 1980 – HBO Special – The Best Comedians Of On Location

DOG ASIDE:  On Location was a series from HBO that premiered on New Year’s Eve 1975 with a one-hour performance by comedian Robert Klein….which became a source for uncensored stand-up comedy performances from such great comedic talents such as Henny Youngman, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, David Brenner, Redd Foxx, Rich Little, Robin Williams, Phyllis Diller, Shecky Greene, Billy Crystal, George Kirby, Lily Tomlin, Buddy Hackett, Pat Cooper, Freddie Prinze…

Music – 1977 – The Rolling Stones – Beast Of Burden + So Respectable + Shattered

DOG COMMENTARY:  Continuing with The Rolling Stones history….we find them entering a period from 1968 to 1972….a time when the group started to turn form the “drug culture psychedelic” period….as the band spent the first few months of 1968 finishing off a solo of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”….which was the last of that genre of their rock history….as they then started working on…

Music – 1980 – Willie Nelson + Mary Kay Place – Something To Brag About In You

DOG ASIDE:  Up to this 1977 Saturday Night Live since its inception….the weekly NBC weekend comedy that is still airing in the same time slot….had never had a female host….as it was viewed by many as a “good ole boys” program….that was until Mary Kay Place….an American actress, singer, director, and screenwriter… who was known for…