Auto Racing – 1980 – Jackie Stewart + Chris Economaki Commentary + Highlights Indy 500 Time Trials

DOG ASIDE: Christopher “Chris” Constantine Economaki (October 15, 1920 – September 28, 2012) was an American motorsports commentator, pit road reporter and journalist….who was given the title “The Dean of American Motorsports Journalism.”….to which Microsoft chose Economaki to author the auto racing history portion of its Encarta Encyclopedia.  Economaki began as track announcer at a number of major races in the 1940’s and…

Boxing – 1986 – Alex Wallau Interviews Sugar Ray Leonard On Comeback From Eye Surgery To Fite Hagler

DOG ASIDE:  This interview by ABC’s Alex Wallau with Sugar Ray Leonard took place right after Mike Tyson had defeated Trevor Berbick for the WBC Heavyweight Title on November 22, 1986….as Wallau talks to Sugar Ray about why he is returning to the ring….and what his concerns were about his eye if he returned.  Alex…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Interview With Mario Andretti When Car Failure Ends Day After Leading Indy 500

DOG ASIDE: Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is an Italian-born American former race car driver….who is one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport…..as he is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR…with the other being Dan Gurney….as he also won races in midget cars and sprint cars.  During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – Arch Bishop Edward T Omeara Provides The PreRace Invocation

DOG ASIDE: Due to the longevity of the Indianapolis 500….numerous traditions surrounding the race have developed over the years. Traditions include procedures for the running of the race, scheduling, and pre-race and post-race festivities. For many fans, these traditions are an important aspect of the race….and they have often reacted quite negatively when the traditions are…

Boxing – 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay Remembers Boxer Barry McGuigan Uniting A Divided Ireland

DOG ASIDE: Finbar Patrick ‘Barry’ McGuigan MBE (born 28 February 1961) is an Irish retired professional boxer and current boxing promoter. Born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, McGuigan was nicknamed The Clones Cyclone and became the WBA and lineal featherweight world champion. He was very popular with Irish and British audiences, representing neutrality and peace in a time when Ireland, where he lived, was affected by The Troubles….which was an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland during the late…

Boxing – 1985 – Jim Lampley + Alex Wallau Interview + Highlights Of Mark Breland Vs Darryl Anthony

DOG ASIDE: ABC Sports boxing broadcast team of Alex Wallau and Jim Lampley provide their thoughts about the just finished 6 round welterweight bout between Mark Breland vs Daryl Anthony….followed by highlights from the fight….and an interview with Breland the winner.  ImaSportsphile has a good number of Mark Breland fights….both amateur and professional…..and it is…

Boxing – 1985 – Keith Jackson Interviews Welterwt Mark Breland Before Hedgemon Robertson Fight

DOG ASIDE: Hedgemon Robertson was a pretty good welterweight who came into this fight with Mark Breeland with a record of 21 – 5 – 1 with 19 KO’s in his 21 wins….so, he provided very good competition for the future welterweight champions. Mark Anthony Breland (born May 11, 1963) is an American former world champion boxer….who…

MLB – 1985 – ABCs Al Michaels PreGame Introduction To World Series Cardinals Vs Royals Game 3

DOG ASIDE: Al Michaels initially joined ABC as the back-up announcer on Monday Night Baseball in 1976….and was  promoted to the network on a full-time basis the following year…..becoming ABC’s lead announcer replacing Keith Jackson in 1983. Over the next three decades, Michaels covered a wide variety of sports for ABC….to include Major League Baseball….as seen in this video…

Distance Running – 1985 – Special – Man In Motion World Tour – Featuring Rick Hansen

DOG ASIDE: Richard Marvin “Rick” Hansen (born August 26, 1957) is a Canadian athlete of the Paralympic Games, activist, and philanthropist for people with disabilities…..who following a pickup truck accident at the age of 15….when Hansen sustained a spinal cord injury and became a paraplegic….became famous for his Man in Motion World Tour. He was inducted…