NFL – 1982 – NFL Films – Best Ever Teams – Featuring Packers + Dolphins + Steelers With John Facenda

John Facenda (August 8, 1913 – September 26, 1984) was an American broadcaster and sports announcer…..who was a fixture on Philadelphia radio and television for decades….and achieved national fame as a narrator for NFL Films and Football Follies. Through his work with NFL Films, Facenda was known by many National Football League fans as “The Voice of God.” One night in 1965, Facenda went to a local tavern, the RDA Club, which happened to…

Boxing – 1978 – Muhammad Ali Post Fight Assessment Of Larry Holmes Vs Ken Norton With Frank Gifford

In this 1978 interview of Muhammad Ali by Frank Gifford on ABC’s Wide World of Sports…..Ali assesses the fight between challenger Larry Holmes verses WBC Champ Ken Norton….which was a tough, competitive fight…..when after fourteen rounds…..each of the three judges scored the fight dead even at seven rounds each…..as Holmes rallied late in the fifteenth to win…

Boxing – 1980 – Howard Cosell Hosts Post Fight Conversations With Larry Holmes And Muhammad Ali

Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali was billed as “The Last Hurrah“….which was a professional boxing match contested on October 2, 1980 in Las Vegas for the WBC and Lineal Heavyweight Championships ….as the fight was estimated to have been watched by a record 2 billion viewers worldwide.    Larry Holmes was Ali’s sparring partner for a long time. “He lived with Ali. They boxed hundreds of…

Boxing – 1981 – CBSs Brent Musburger Profiles Life And Career Of WBA Bantamwt Champ Jeff Chandler

“Joltin’” Jeff Chandler is a former professional boxer…..who reigned as the Lineal and WBA World Bantamweight Champion from November 1980 to April 1984….as the 5’7″ (67 inches / 1.70 meters) tall Philadelphian began his professional career with a four-round draw in 1976 after only two amateur bouts. Chandler then began a four-year string of victories culminating in a challenge for the world’s…

NFL – 1950s + 1960s – NFL Films – Best Teams Ever – Green Bay Packer With Coach Vince Lombardi

For the 1958 NFL season, the Packers, with five future Hall of Famers playing on the team, finished with a record of 1–10–1…..which was the worst in Packer history….as the players were dispirited the Packer shareholders were disheartened….while the Green Bay community was enraged. The angst in Green Bay extended to the NFL as a whole……as the financial viability…

Boxing – 1980 – Howard Cosell InStudio With Welterwt Champ Sugar Ray Leonard After Duran II Fight

The rematch took place November 25, 1980, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Leonard used his superior speed and movement to outbox and befuddle Durán…..saying “The whole fight, I was moving, I was moving….and Voom! I snapped his head back with a jab. Voom! I snapped it back again. He tried to get me against the ropes….when I’d pivot,…

NFL – 1970s – NFL Films – Best Team Ever – The Pittsburg Steelers Of The Seventies With Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll was named the 14th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 27, 1969….after Penn State coach Joe Paterno turned down an offer for the position…..as Noll was the youngest coach in NFL history at the time…..when Steelers owner Art Rooney would later credit Don Shula as the person who recommended Noll as a head coach.  Noll implemented a defensive system in Pittsburgh that…

Boxing – 1982 – NBCs Marv Albert Interview With Lt Heavywt Bobby Czyz After Losing To Mustafa Hamsho

In this 1982 interview by NBC’s Marv Albert of middleweight boxer Bobby Czyz after his 10 round loss to Mustafa Hamsho…..in which Czyz entered the ring with a record of 20 wins and no losses…..it is easy to see in Czyz’s voice and body language that he was extremely disappointed at losing the fight….and was…

Boxing – 1964 – Special – Cassius Clay Alias Muhammad Ali Goes Crazy At Weigh In With Sonny Liston

Cassius Clay’s outbursts reached their peak at the pre-fight weigh-in/physical the morning of the event…. when title fight weigh-ins, before this, had been predictable and boring…..but when The Louisville Lip  entered the room where the weigh-in would be held wearing a denim jacket with the words “Bear Huntin’” on the back and carrying an African walking…