Horse Racing – 1987 – ABCs Al Michaels Covers The Odds + Post Positions For The Kentucky Derby

DOG ASIDE: Betting on horse racing or horse betting commonly occurs at many horse races tracks….as gamblers can stake money on the final placement of the horses taking part in a race. Gambling on horses is, however, prohibited at some racetracks…..but where gambling is allowed….most tracks offer parimutuel betting where gamblers’ money is pooled and shared proportionally among the winners…

Horse Racing – 1987 – ABC Sports Kentucky Derby Special – Singing Of My Old Kentucky Home

DOG ASIDE: “My Old Kentucky Home“ is an anti-slavery ballad originally as written by Stephen Foster in 1852. Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm called Federal Hill. Today, the song My Old Kentucky Home remains an important composition due…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Jack Whitaker In The Paddocks + Charlsie Cantey In The Stables At Belmont Stks

DOG ASIDE: John Francis “Jack” Whitaker (born May 18, 1924) is an American sportscaster who worked for both CBS and ABC….who won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Host or Commentator in 1979….for writing in 1990….and being awarded the Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. Jack Whitaker also received the Maryland Jockey Club’s Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of thoroughbred racing. He was named “Best Announcer”…

Boxing – 1987 – ABCs Alex Wallau Interviews Evander Holyfield After Retaining Title Vs Henry Tillman

DOG ASIDE: About 30 minutes after Evander Holyfield had dismantled one of his old roommates from the 1984 Olympic team….the inevitable question was shouted out at the post-fight news conference….after all, Holyfield’s destruction-derby performance against Henry Tillman at Reno’s Bally Grand Hotel was the most impressive display of punching power anyone has seen lately….with the…

NFL – 1979 – MNF Howard Cosell Highlights Best Games Of The Week – With Bears + Steelers + Pats

DOG ASIDE: When I get to a chance to listen to any sporting event that is broadcast by Howard Cosell….the event just seems to be a little more exciting….with an energy that makes you want to get into whatever sport that Cosell would bring…..where the words of Howard were the kind that made you want…

Horse Racing – 1986 – ABC Sports 112th Kentucky Oaks Race – Featuring Winner Tiffany Lass

DOG ASIDE: The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies run annually in Louisville, Kentucky….in a race which currently covers 1 1⁄8 miles (1,800 m) at Churchill Downs….as the horses carry 121 pounds (55 kg). The Kentucky Oaks is held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby each year. The winner gets $600,000 of the $1M purse….along with a large garland of lilies affectionately called the “Lillies for…

Horse Racing – 1987 – ABCs Al Michaels + Dave Johnson Cover The Favorites & Odds For Kentucky Derby

DOG ASIDE: Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster…who initially joined ABC as the back-up announcer on Monday Night Baseball in 1976. The following year, he was promoted to the network on a full-time basis….as he became the lead announcer replacing Keith Jackson in 1983.  Over the next three decades, Michaels covered a wide…

Gymnastics – 1985 – American Cup Championship -Mens Horizontal Bar Finals – CHN Yang Yueshan

DOG ASIDE: The Chinese men’s gymnastics team showed up on the medal stands in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympic Games by taking 2nd in the team all-around medal with a team consisting of Li Ning, Tong Fei and Li Xaoping, Lou Yun, Li Yuejiu and Xu Zhiqiang….and by the time 1985 rolled around, the…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Special – Jim McKay Provides A Historic Tour Of Maryland + Pimlico Racetrack

DOG ASIDE: Pimlico Race Track is a thoroughbred horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland….which is most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes….the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown….whose name is derived from the 1660’s when English settlers named the area where the facility currently stands in honor of Olde Ben Pimlico’s Tavern in London….as the racetrack is nicknamed “Old Hilltop” after a small rise in the infield that became…