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…

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Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Oh What A Beautiful Mornin – Sung Live At Constitutional Hall Wash D C

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’“ is the opening song from the musical Oklahoma!….which premiered on Broadway in 1943….and was written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The leading male character in Oklahoma!, Curly McLain, sings the song at the beginning of the first scene of the musical. The refrain runs: “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! / Oh,…

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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…

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Music – 1982 – Queen – Under Pressure – With David Bowie

“Under Pressure“ is a song by the British rock band Queen and singer David Bowie…..which was originally released as a single in October 1981…..and was later included on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space…..as the song reached # 1 on the UK Singles Chart….while becoming Queen’s second # 1 hit in their home country….after their “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1975….which topped the chart for nine weeks….…

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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…

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Boxing – 1964 – Cassius Clay-Ali Has Poem Prediction On Upcoming Title Fight With Champ Sonny Liston

Cassius Clay began taunting and provoking Liston almost immediately after the two agreed to fight….as he purchased a bus….and had it emblazoned with the words “Liston Must Go In Eight”….when on the day of the contract signing, he drove it to Liston’s home in Denver…..and woke up the champion with the press in tow at…

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

“America the Beautiful“ is an American patriotic song….with lyrics written by Katharine Lee Bates….while  the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey…..as the two never met…..when Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, “Pikes Peak“…..which was first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895.  At that time,…

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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…

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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,…

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