Special – 1986 – President Reagan Congratulates ABC Wide World Of Sports 25 Year Anniversary Show

DOG ASIDE: ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998….primarily on Saturday afternoons….which was hosted by Jim McKay….with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987 ….as the title continued to be used for general sports programs on the network until 2006.  In…

Special – 1979 – The Chipperfields Circus Special – The Elephant Act – With Host Robert Morley

DOG ASIDE: Chipperfield’s Circus is a long-running English family show based on the 300-year-old Chipperfield dynasty…..which started with James Chipperfield and his performing animals at the Thames Frost Fair of 1684. Through the 19th century, the circus toured all of England….with a menagerie of animals….and teams of acrobats and clowns. Under the management of Jimmy Chipperfield after World War II….the show became one of the…

NCAA Football – 1986 – CBS Sports 50th Cotton Bowl Classic Halftime – The Fightin Texas Aggie Band

DOG ASIDE: The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is the official marching band of Texas A&M University….which is composed of over 400 men and women from the school’s Corps of Cadets….making it the largest military marching band in the world…..which performs complex straight-line marching maneuvers are performed exclusively to traditional marches…..and ANYONE who has ever had the privilege of seeing The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band perform…

NBA – 1987 – CBS Pat OBrien Remembers NBA Finals – 1974 Celtics Vs Bucks + 1980 Lakers Vs 76ers

DOG ASIDE: The 1974 NBA World Championship Series was between the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics verses the Western Conference champion Milwaukee Bucks ….as the Celtics won a hard fought 7 game series to win the NBA championship.  Home court advantage apparently meant very little in this series…..when the Celtics decided to abandon man-to-man defense and double and triple team Kareem Abdul-Jabbar….who still scored 26 points…..as…

NCAA Football – 1985 – Raycom Sports Special – The University Of Texas Summer Honors Colloquium Program

DOG ASIDE: Every summer, nearly 600 rising high school seniors spend a summer weekend on campus of The University of Texas at Austin…. getting a taste of college classes and culture at the Honors Colloquium…. which is a recruitment event….under the leadership of the School of Undergraduate Studies staff…which invites Texas high school students to explore…

NFL – 1954 – Highlights NFL Championship Game – Lions Vs Browns – Featuring Otto Graham + Bobby Lane

DOG ASIDE: The 1954 National Football League championship game was the 22nd annual championship game….which was held on December 26 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio….when the Detroit Lions (9–2–1) of the Western Conference met the Cleveland Browns (9–3) of the Eastern Conference in the NFL title game for the third consecutive year….after the Lions had won the previous two….17–7 at Cleveland in 1952….and 17–16 at home in Briggs Stadium in 1953.…

Olympics – 1984 – Los Angeles Summer Games – Womens Discus Throw Finals – AUS Gael Martin

DOG ASIDE: Gael Patricia Mulhall-Martin (born 27 August 1956) is a former Australian athlete who competed in the shot put and in the discus throw at the Olympic level….and also had a career in power lifting….who was the daughter of footballer Ken Mulhall….an Australian rules footballer with the St Kilda Football Club. Gael Martin won the bronze medal in women’s shot put at the 1984 Los…

NFL – 1986 – NBC Sports NFC Divisional Playoff Special – Pete Axethelm Predicts Bears Shutout Giants

DOG ASIDE: Pete Axthelm (August 27, 1943 – February 2, 1991) was a sportswriter and columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and Inside Sports….when during the 1980’s, his knowledge of sports and journalistic skill aided him in becoming a sports commentator for The NFL on NBC….along with NFL Primetime and horse racing on ESPN.   Born in New York City and a 1965 graduate of Yale University….where Axthelm wrote The…

NBA – 1987 – WTBS Charlie Neal Interviews Past Slam Dunk Champs Spud Webb + Dominique Wilkins

DOG ASIDE: Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb….who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA)….and is best known for winning a The Slam Dunk Contest despite being one of the shortest players in NBA history….as NBA.com lists him at 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) tall.  Spud Webb was the shortest person to EVER…