Distance Running – 1985 – Special – Man In Motion World Tour – Featuring Rick Hansen

DOG ASIDE: Richard Marvin “Rick” Hansen (born August 26, 1957) is a Canadian athlete of the Paralympic Games, activist, and philanthropist for people with disabilities…..who following a pickup truck accident at the age of 15….when Hansen sustained a spinal cord injury and became a paraplegic….became famous for his Man in Motion World Tour. He was inducted…

Figure Skating – 1985 – John Tesh Showcases Womens World Championship – Katarina Witt + Tiffany Chin

DOG ASIDE: Katarina Witt (born 3 December 1965) is a retired German figure skater….who won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany….first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics….and the second at the 1988 Calgary Olympics…..who was also a four-time World Champion in 1984, 1985 (as seen in this video herewith), 1987 and 1988…as well as being a two-time World silver medalist in 1982 and 1986…..which is…

MLB – 1969 – Special Feature The Amazing Mets Unsung Hero SS Al Weis – As Told By Mel Allen

DOG ASIDE: Albert John Weis (born April 2, 1938) is a former Major League Baseball player….who was a light-hitting infielder with only seven career home runs….and funny enough, he is best remembered for a dramatic home run hit in game five of the 1969 World Series….who was a switch hitter until the end of the 1968 season….after which he batted exclusively right-handed.  Although Mets manager Gil Hodges acquired Weis primarily…

Comedy – 1986 – Weird Al Yankovic + J Geils Perform A Rap Song – Cut The Grief With Comic Relief

DOG ASIDE: This 1986 Comic Relief act features Crazy Al Jankowitz and J Geils doing a comedic rap song Cut The Grief With Comic Relief….which shows off the talents of these two unique musical entertainers. Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, film/record producer, satirist, and author….who is known for his humorous songs that…

Cycling – 1987 – NBCs Bill Macatee Showcases Tour De France In Review – Featuring IRE Stephen Roche

DOG ASIDE: This video excerpt is from an NBC production that provided a highlights review of the year in sports in 1987…..which was hosted by Bill Macatee….as this was his segment on cycling in 1987…..which featured the outstanding season had by Ireland’s Stephen Roche Stephen Roche (born 28 November 1959) is an Irish former professional road racing cyclist….who in…

Figure Skating – 1977 – Jim McKay Showcases USA Gymnasts + Figure Skaters On China Exhibition Trips

DOG ASIDE: I have written on many occasions while posting videos with ABC sports commentator Jim McKay behind the mike….for he is without question this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s favorite sportscaster of other sports than football, baseball, boxing and basketball…..for he brought the sports world more different sports from many more different places than any…

MLB – 1985 – Mel Allen Does MLBs 1st Rap Music – On This Week In Baseball – With Baseball Dreams

DOG ASIDE: There are so many great voices of baseball….Jack Brickhouse, Red Barber, Vin Scully, Dizzy Dean, Tim McCarver, Joe Garagiola, Jack Buck, Al Michaels, et al…..but none compare with this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s favorite….and the same the guy doing MLB’s 1st rapp song on this video herewith…..the one and only Mel Allen…..who albeit…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Anne Butler Takes Journey Through Time With Highlights Of USA Debbie Thomas

DOG ASIDE: Debra Janine Thomas (born March 25, 1967) is an American former figure skater and physician. She is the 1986 World champion….the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist….and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the “Battle of the Carmens”.  Thomas won both the 1986 U.S. national title and the 1986 World Championships….when those achievements earned…

MLB – 1984 – The Unofficial Baseball Handbook Special Feature – Serious Ball Players Being Serious

DOG ASIDE:  i wish I knew the names of these two guys that were hosts of the TBS Network special The Unofficial Baseball Handbook….cuz not only were these cats creative in their content…..but they were also really funny in a “straight man slap stick” sort of way….like their coverage of “serious baseball players being serious” ….as in this…