NCAA Swimming – 1983 – National Championship – Women’s 100 yd Butterfly – USA Mary T Meagher

 It is quite possible that the greatest women’s butterfly swimmer ever was USA Mary T Meagher…..known affectionately as Madame Butterfly….who is a former competition swimmer, Olympic champion and world record-holder. In 1981 she bettered her own existing world records in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter butterfly….as these times would stand as the respective world records for 18…

Gymnastics – 1979 – Womens European Championships – Featuring Nadie Comaneci + Elena Mukhina

DOG COMMENTARY:   The 12th European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in Copenhagen, Denmark in September of 1979….which featured some of gymnastics most notable legends of the sport….including Romania’s Nadie Comaneci and Emilia Eberle….along with Russia’s Elena Mukhina and Natalia Shaposhnikova….as three of the four would win the gold in at least one of the women’s disciplines….with Comaneci…

Horse Racking – 1988 – The Preakness Stakes – Winner Chris McCarron On Alysheba

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1987 Preakness Stakes was the 112th running of the thoroughbred triple crown horse race….which took place on May 16, 1987….and was televised in the United States on the ABC television network….as Alysheba was jockeyed by Chris McCarron won the race by a half length over runner-up Bet Twice. The post time was 5:34 p.m. Eastern Time….as the race was run over a fast…

NCAA Swimming – 1985 – National Swimming + Diving Championships – Austin Texas – Host Jim Lampley

DOG ASIDE: Since this 1985 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships were contested in March at the Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas…..like all things Texas here at ImaSportsphile….especially all things Austin, TX….which makes this a very special video to this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile……cuz Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was born and bred in Texas…..honed…

Motorcycle Racing – 1978 – Super Bikers Competition – From Motocross + Dirt Bike + Road Race

DOG COMMENTARY:  ABC Sports created a motorcycle racing competition during the late-1970’s that they tagged The Super Bikers Competition….which brought together the world’s best motorcycle racers from the three major classes of racing….motocross, dirt bike and road bike….and aired the competition on their popular weekend anthology sports program, Wide World of Sports.…as this particular segment seen…

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…

Music – 1978 – Special – Songs Of The Funny Papers – Host Lori Anderson

DOG ASIDE: At the opening of the wonderful television special Those Fantastic Funnies….the host of the program, actress Loni Anderson, does an introduction to the program by introducing some of the “songs of the funny papers”….which features music from Popeye The Sailor….Barney Google with the “googlely eyes”….“Dennis The Menace”…..“Lil Orphan Annie”…..along with the entire funny paper cast singing about…

Boxing 1979 15 Rnd WBA Super Featherweight Title Fight Diablito Valdez Vs Sammy Serrano

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1979 WBA World Super Featherweight Title Fight between Diablito Valdez verses Champ Sammy Serrano was fought on February 18, 1979 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico…..as the popular Puerto Rican champ won a unanimous decision from a decent fighter from the Dominican Republic…who after the decision was announced….punched Serrano…

Music – 1984 – Halftime Show – Texas Vs OU – Longhorns Show Band Of The Southwest

DOG ASIDE: It is rare when a nationally televised NCAA football game as high profile as when the Texas Longhorns do battle with the Oklahoma Sooners….that the networks carrying the contests ever gives much live coverage time to the halftime shows….but on this October 8, 1983 telecast on ABC featuring legendary NCAA football sportscaster Keith…