L E’s Stories -“From A Dying Outlaw Legend To A Sports Bar – As A New Legend Begins” – The Beginnings Of Madison Sq Garden, The Sports Place

Whenever Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, tells the story about how his sports bar, Madison Square Garden, The Sports Place at 302 E. 6th Street in downtown Austin, Tx actually became a reality ….that is when he says….“Sometimes life just takes us where you are supposed to be….and you just simply didn’t know you were going…

Pool – 1980 – ABC Wide World Of Sports – Howard Cosell Hosts The World Pool Trick Shot Extravaganza

Anyone who has ever played a game of pool or billiards….simply loves trick shots….and more than likely has mastered at least one or two themselves…..for ABC Wide World of Sports took trick pool shots to a whole another level in the decade of the 1980’s…..when they showcased such great pool players as Minnesota Fats….Willie Mosconi…..Allen…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring 3 x World Champ Ray Martin – With Howard Cosell

Ray Martin is an American professional pool player….who acquired his nicknamed “Cool Cat” when he calmly won a world title in 1971 in California….when during the event an earthquake was in progress….and it didn’t shake him a bit.  He held the World Champion title in straight pool in 1971, 1974 and 1978.  He is one of only seven players in the last century to win three…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring Steve Mizerak – With Howard Cosell Commentary

Steve Mizerak was an American pool player….who was dominant during the 1970’s and early 1980’s…..especially in the game of straight pool / 14.1 continuous and nine-ball….when he was nicknamed “the Miz“….as he also had a brief turn at professional snooker.  He earned a teaching degree from Athens College and taught school for thirteen years before he became famous outside of…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring 9 X World Champ Irving Crane – With Howard Cosell

Irving Crane….who was nicknamed “the Deacon”….. was an American pool player from Livonia, New York….that ranks at the top among the stellar players in the history of the sport…..who is considered one of the all-time greats….and was best known for his mastery in the game of straight pool….at which he won 9 world championships….plus another six world billiards titles.  In this wonderful video….The…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – Featuring 1977 World Champ Allen Hopkins With Howard Cosell

Allen Hopkins is an American professional pocket billiards (pool) player….professional billiards color commentator….and BCA Hall of Fame inductee….who promotes multiple annual pool events and still competes as a professional contender. At seven years old….after watching many tournaments on television….Allen began to play pool on a small table his parents bought for him….and as an amateur at the age of 12….Hopkins “ran” a prodigious 110 balls…

Pool – 1980 – Trick Shot Extravaganza – With Empire State Champion Ernie Costa And Howard Cosell

The game of table pool is played in local bars and at pool tournaments all over the USA each and every day…..which provides the venues to develop and design the best and most amazing trick pool shots ever conceived in the minds of great pool players.  During the 1970’s and 1980’s….ABCs Wide World of Sports would…

Pool – 1978 – ABC Special – Great Trick Shots – Host Howard Cosell

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1978 ABC Wide World of Sports program featured none other than Howard Cosell hosting an ABC Sports production of outstanding and legendary pool players performing trick shots really brings back some awesome memories of incredible nights at the Madison Square Garden pool tables over the years at Bone Daddy’s sports bar….where he had…

Pool – 1979 – ABC Special – Trick Pool Shots – With Steve Miserac + Irving Crane + Ernie Costa

DOG ASIDE:    We have posted around 250 television specials from back in the day….like specials on rock climbing….or skiing down Mt Everest….or the World Bellyflop Diving Competition….or the transatlantic flight Double Eagle II, the 1st hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean….or an actual space walk in 1978….and the list goes on….but we…