Cycling – 1983 – SportsCenter With Bob Ley – Highlights Of Tour De France With Winner Laurent Fignon

DOG ASIDE: In this video ESPN SportsCenter anchor Bob Ley provides highlights of the final day of the 1983 Tour du France….in which France’s Laurent Fignon would win his 1st of two in a row Tour du France road races. Laurent Patrick Fignon (12 August 1960 – 31 August 2010) was a French professional road bicycle racer who won the Tour de…

Comedy – 1985 – Not Necessarily The News Stuart Pankin Features Occasional Funeral Mad Libs

DOG ASIDE:  Instead of “ad libs”, this video is about “mad libs” that can be used on special occasions…as Father Stuart Pankin of Not Necessarily the News….while conducting a funeral ceremony….provides an interesting array of “mad libs” that are appropriate to use on certain occasional funerals like this one seen in the video herewith.  This is actually quite funny and…

Golf – 1985 – ESPN SportsCenter Weekend Golf Highlights With Gayle Gardner + Chris Berman

DOG ASIDE: Gayle Gardner (born 1950) is an American sportscaster….who worked for ESPN and NBC Sports beginning in 1987 until 1993….and is considered a pioneer in sports broadcasting….after having been the first female sports anchor to appear weekly on a major network….when afer being hired by ESPN in 1983….Gardner served as a SportsCenter anchor for three years…..as seen in this video herewith co-anchor Chris Berman.  Following…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Al Trautwig Behind The Scenes Inside International Broadcast Booths

DOG ASIDE: The Indy 500 is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing….which is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport….which comprises three of the most prestigious motor sports events in the world….including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management….but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000….and infield…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Special Feature – Jim McKay Interview With World Champ USA Debi Thomas

DOG ASIDE: Debra Janine Thomas (born March 25, 1967) is an American former figure skater and physician….who was the 1986 World women’s champion….which she had just won when this Jim McKay interview took place seen in this video herewith….the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist…..and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle…

Boxing – 1987 – Larry Merchant Claims Judge Joe Guerra Saw A Fight Nobody Else Saw Leonard Vs Hagler

DOG ASIDE: Sugar Ray Leonard was awarded a controversial split-decision when he fought Marvin Hagler for the Middleweight Championship of the World…..when Judge Dave Moretti scored it 115–113 for Leonard…. while judge Lou Filippo had it 115–113 for Hagler….and Judge José Guerra scored the fight 118–110 for Leonard. Many felt that Hagler deserved the decision…

Comedy – 1986 – Not Necessarily The News – Michael Lawrence On Madonna + A Firesign Theatre Piece

DOG ASIDE: Michael Lawrence from Not Necessarily The News does a hilarious piece on Madonna being the next Marilyn Monroe to start this video off…..which is followed by the always creative and funny Firesign Theatre members doing a short piece for Comic Relief in 1986. The Firesign Theatre (also known as The Firesigns….was an American surreal comedy group….who first performed live on…

Special – 1982 – USA Network Night Flight Special – The Credits For TAKE OFF Program

DOG ASIDE: Night Flight is an online visual-arts magazine and variety television show that originated on cable TV network USA Network….when It originally aired from 1981 to 1988….before moving to syndication in the early 1990’s.  In April 2018, it returned to cable television as a short form (15 minute) program airing late Friday nights/early Saturday mornings on…