L E’s Stories – “A Monster On The Boards Capable Of Massive Food Consuption” – The Story Of UT All American Center LaSalle Thompson Being An MSG Eating Legend

We will start today’s story with a 1979 quote from University of Texas men’s basketball All American Center LaSalle Thompson at the order counter of Austin’s all time best sports bar, Madison Square Garden, The Sports Place at 302 E. 6th St. in downtown Austin…..“I’ll have me four (4) orders of that MSG Special with extra…

Music – 1985 – West Point Academy Cadets Glee Club – Star Spangled Banner – At The NBA All Star Game

The United States Military Academy (USMA)….which is also known as West Point Academy or simply The Point….is a four-year federal service academy in West Point, New York…..as it was originally established as a fort that sits on strategic high ground overlooking the Hudson River with a scenic view 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City…..and is the oldest of the five American service academies….whereas, the…

Music – 1985 – Theme From Mission Impossible – CBS Billy Packer On NCAA Selection Mission Impossible

“Theme from Mission: Impossible“ is the theme tune of the TV series Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)….. which was written and composed by Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin….who has since gone on to appear in several other works of the Mission: Impossible franchise….which included the 1988 TV series, the film series and the video game series. The theme is written in a 5/4 time signature….which Schifrin has jokingly explained as…

TV Ads – 1986 – WTBS Promo For The NBA – With NBA Highlights Put To Music Let’s Go To The Hoops

The Superstation Network, WTBS, was a major carrier of NBA games throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s with sportscasters Marv Albert and Hubie Brown behind the mikes…..so, the network would always come up with really good promotions for their NBA package of products….and the promo seen in this video herewith is one of our favorites here…

Music – 1988 – So Hot Together – The NBA It Is FANtastic!!! – TV Ad To Promote The NBA

One of the wonderful aspects of ImaSportsphile is the fact that our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, took “hours on end” to breakdown his entire 2300 hours of vintage videos to there smallest common denominator….which in the case of this video seen herewith was 30 seconds…..and we are glad that he did….cuz we end up…

Music – 1987 – Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love Of All – Put To Career Highlights Of Dr J

“The Greatest Love of All“ is a song written by Michael Masser…..who composed the music….while  Linda Creed wrote the lyrics…..which was originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson…..who made the song a substantial hit by peaking at # 2 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart that year….which was the first R&B chart top-ten hit for Arista Records. The song was written…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – L A Olympics Dream Team Gold Medal

As I post this particular video herewith….in which the 1984 All American Olympic Band plays the “Star Spangled Banner” at the medal ceremony for men’s basketball….after the USA team receives their gold medals….and it makes me think about how times have changed since 1984….for here we are in year 2020….when athletes all over sports in America are kneeling…

Music – 1978 – University Of Texas Band – Star Spangled Banner – N I T Semifinals – Texas Vs Rutgers

In 1955, Vincent R. DiNino was hired as the director of the Longhorn Band…..and he is credited with shaping the band into the organization it is today….as DiNino’s time as director saw the introduction of many traditions and characteristics of the band….such as the western-style uniforms…the Big Flags Brigade….the Longhorn Alumni Band….and the cowbells.  DiNino…