Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Singles Medal Ceremony – USA Brian Boitano Gold

Being a Sportsphile….I have always enjoyed the medal / trophy ceremonies in sports….for any time we at ImaSportsphile hear The Star Spangle Banner being played….we simply stand and salute as these special moments pass by…..as a matter of fact, ImaSportsphile has a really wonderful Star Spangled Banner category in our library….with probably more videos of different performances…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – Sung Live At Sugar Ray Leonard Vs Roberto Duran

On many occasions, I have had the honor of listening to Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, talk about the many inspiring moments he has seen in his many years of watching sporting events….be it live at the ballpark….or live on television…..which include stories like the Miracle On Ice, when the young amateurs from the USA took…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – The Elegance & Eloquence Of Jim McKay After The Blowing Of Taps

“Taps“ is a bugle call played at dusk…..during flag ceremonies….at military funerals by the United States Armed Forces…..as well as at the start of the Indy 500 each year….along with a moment of silence….for those who have died at the Indy 500.  The tune is also sometimes known as “Butterfield‘s Lullaby“, or by the first line of the lyric, “Day Is…

Music – 1987 – Sandi Patty – Star Spangled Banner – Sang At The Start Of The 1987 Indy 500

ImaSportsphile has the largest and most diverse collection of the Star Spangled Banner being sung all over the world…..for which we have dedicated our own Star Spangled Banner category in our library…..as the diversity is evidenced by this video herewith….in which Sandi Patty, the an American Christian music singer…..who was known for her wide soprano vocal range and her expressive flexibility…..which  led music critics to dub…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – Just Before Sugar Ray Leonard Destroys Duran

After 60+ years as a Sportsphile….I have seen many things that world class athletes have used to stimulate themselves just prior taking “center stage”…..be it a moment of silent prayer with the All Mighty….even a “mental psyche job” from a coach or trainer like Bundini Brown did for Muhammad Ali prior to him entering the ring for a…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – Scenic Washington National Monuments Backdrop

“America the Beautiful“ is an American patriotic song….with the lyrics having been written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward of the Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey….as these two composers never met….for Bates originally wrote the words as a poem titled “Pikes Peak“….which was first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church…

Music – November 25th 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful -Sung At Duran Vs Leonard Welterwt Title Fite II

For our money at ImaSportsphile…..music legend Ray Charles performs the most inspiring rendition of the song America The Beautiful that has ever been recorded….for it inspired Howard Cosell to say “If that rendition didn’t touch you….if it didn’t send a chill up your spine….I suppose nothing ever will.”…..and all the viewer has to do is watch the demeanor, the…