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2022-01-25 10:06:16 AM  
That poor thrill of victory guy. Always overshadowed by the agony of defeat.
 
2022-01-25 10:08:17 AM  
Thinking back there wasn't a guaranteed game to watch on weekends from 11 AM to 11 PM, and around this time of year World World of Sports was all we had.  I was a bigger fan of This Week in Baseball. my summer Saturday go to, but WW of Sports had some great stuff.  If your parents weren't paying for you to go the Closed Circuit pay per view at the theater the only way to see Evel Kneivel was on WWS.  I also dug ping pong from Chinba, chess, and truly appreciated the Globetrotters.

More and more I want to go back.  I lived Satchell Paige style, (fried foods aside)  and never looked back so I never felt nostalgic and really never even thought about the past.  The free time in the beginning of the pandemic left me with too much time and now I am busy again I wander mentally to a time when I did absolutely nothing and loved every minute of it.  I biatched so much about school but thinking back if you made me the offer of summers off, no worries, gym class, even the cuordoroy pants my mom made me wear I would be back in a heartbeat.
 
2022-01-25 10:09:11 AM  
The agony guy didn't even know he was featured in that clip for decades, and it was only after the Soviet Union collapsed that he found out.
 
2022-01-25 10:18:48 AM  
TIL Sears used to produce their own tires under the Allstate name brand, which eventually became the insurance company.

I also learned there's an official website dedicated to Sears history
 
2022-01-25 10:19:55 AM  
Now I feel like it's almost time for tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches.

MOM!! WHEN'S LUNCH?!?
 
2022-01-25 10:23:08 AM  
Is it so much "defeat" as it is a painful balls up?
 
2022-01-25 10:31:42 AM  
What I think was amazing about all that is somebody decided that all the broadcasters needed matching jackets, and the lack of them today shows just how far we have regressed as a soceity
 
2022-01-25 10:55:16 AM  
You think that's bad?

This was my Christmas Card:

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2022-01-25 10:55:32 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: What I think was amazing about all that is somebody decided that all the broadcasters needed matching jackets, and the lack of them today shows just how far we have regressed as a soceity


And yellow at that.

AND I FARKING AGREE WITH THEM!
 
2022-01-25 11:02:57 AM  
Besides the Indy 500, it was the only place to watch racing on TV.  F1 in the days of Nikki Lauda, motocross in the days of Roger DeCoster and Heikki Mikkola, Nascar with Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford, etc.  Those were the days now get off of my lawn or I'll dial this phone to PL7-1200 and get the police herein a gumball machine topped squad car.
 
2022-01-25 11:17:01 AM  
TV was my internet. So, I remember this.

/born in '72
 
2022-01-25 11:30:43 AM  
Just last night I got to teach my nephew about former NHL player Miroslav Šatan.   First question was "did he ever play for New Jersey?"
 
2022-01-25 11:39:19 AM  

Myk-House of El: Just last night I got to teach my nephew about former NHL player Miroslav Šatan.   First question was "did he ever play for New Jersey?"


This was possibly the greatest missed marketing event in sports history.  A Šatan Devils jersey with the number 66.

/Glad he got a cup with the Pens.
 
2022-01-25 11:43:35 AM  

abmoraz: Myk-House of El: Just last night I got to teach my nephew about former NHL player Miroslav Šatan.   First question was "did he ever play for New Jersey?"

This was possibly the greatest missed marketing event in sports history.  A Šatan Devils jersey with the number 66.

/Glad he got a cup with the Pens.


Would have sold a ton, I'm sure.

My favorite aspect of Šatan's career was the fact he didn't have an agent.  Anytime Šatan signed a new deal it was making the sports section across the country because you can't resist the headlines.  But the gem was in the article when it said "Šatan, who represents himself in negotiations" appears.
 
2022-01-25 11:43:40 AM  

Grumpy Cat: TV was my internet. So, I remember this.

/born in '72


Yep, watched a lot of WWoS after cartoons.
/Born in '73
//damn we get old
///slashies in threes
 
2022-01-25 11:48:39 AM  
This was the beginning of the best part of my Saturdays for years.

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2022-01-25 11:49:11 AM  
That's nothing. When people complain about Netflix not having anything to watch, I want to say, "You idiot! So many decades ago when I was younger, I spent fours hours on Saturday afternoons watching crappy "Creature Double Feature" movies!"
 
2022-01-25 11:49:11 AM  
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2022-01-25 11:50:13 AM  

Daniel Boone's Farm: Thinking back there wasn't a guaranteed game to watch on weekends from 11 AM to 11 PM, and around this time of year World World of Sports was all we had.  I was a bigger fan of This Week in Baseball. my summer Saturday go to, but WW of Sports had some great stuff.  If your parents weren't paying for you to go the Closed Circuit pay per view at the theater the only way to see Evel Kneivel was on WWS.  I also dug ping pong from Chinba, chess, and truly appreciated the Globetrotters.

More and more I want to go back.  I lived Satchell Paige style, (fried foods aside)  and never looked back so I never felt nostalgic and really never even thought about the past.  The free time in the beginning of the pandemic left me with too much time and now I am busy again I wander mentally to a time when I did absolutely nothing and loved every minute of it.  I biatched so much about school but thinking back if you made me the offer of summers off, no worries, gym class, even the cuordoroy pants my mom made me wear I would be back in a heartbeat.


TWiB was awesome, i really wish they would make a show like that again. Gave you a good way to catch up on what was going on in the game, was light hearted and din't try to hard, without being over the top or listening to 3 guys debate the same 3 players and teams over and over again endlessly.

The beauty of Wide World of Sports was you got to see sports you would never even think of tuning into (let alone being able to back then) and since it was curated, would be bound to see something cool.

Although i do remember them having a ton of bowling.
 
2022-01-25 11:53:24 AM  
I miss WWoS and the "Fantastic Finishes" segment during NFL games.
This weekend would have made a few segments of "Fantastic Finishes".
 
2022-01-25 11:54:17 AM  
Couple weeks ago we were skiing in Breckenridge, and my 8 year old son had a wide world of sports moment. He was in the trees messing around, and as he came out, there was a bit of a hole and the snow was kinda hard. Total yard sale, and he even managed to knee himself in the face (helmet and goggles saved him from too much pain/injury). He is obviously decades to young to understand the reference, but when we got back to the condo I showed him the old WWS intro. He laughed and said if I had video of his crash it probably looked kinda like that.
 
2022-01-25 11:59:11 AM  

LineNoise: Daniel Boone's Farm: Thinking back there wasn't a guaranteed game to watch on weekends from 11 AM to 11 PM, and around this time of year World World of Sports was all we had.  I was a bigger fan of This Week in Baseball. my summer Saturday go to, but WW of Sports had some great stuff.  If your parents weren't paying for you to go the Closed Circuit pay per view at the theater the only way to see Evel Kneivel was on WWS.  I also dug ping pong from Chinba, chess, and truly appreciated the Globetrotters.

More and more I want to go back.  I lived Satchell Paige style, (fried foods aside)  and never looked back so I never felt nostalgic and really never even thought about the past.  The free time in the beginning of the pandemic left me with too much time and now I am busy again I wander mentally to a time when I did absolutely nothing and loved every minute of it.  I biatched so much about school but thinking back if you made me the offer of summers off, no worries, gym class, even the cuordoroy pants my mom made me wear I would be back in a heartbeat.

TWiB was awesome, i really wish they would make a show like that again. Gave you a good way to catch up on what was going on in the game, was light hearted and din't try to hard, without being over the top or listening to 3 guys debate the same 3 players and teams over and over again endlessly.

The beauty of Wide World of Sports was you got to see sports you would never even think of tuning into (let alone being able to back then) and since it was curated, would be bound to see something cool.

Although i do remember them having a ton of bowling.


Manfred: "We've heard you, and we're looking forward to giving you what you want: This Week in Baseball will be available through a special subscription package you can add on to MLB.tv.  Individual highlight segments subject to regional blackouts."
 
2022-01-25 12:08:33 PM  
I'm surprised someone didn't answer with... "I know! I need to get better fitting ski boots!"
 
2022-01-25 12:13:00 PM  
Acapulco Cliff Diving Championships
Youtube IW0tCCZaF7g
 
2022-01-25 12:44:39 PM  

LineNoise: Although i do remember them having a ton of bowling.


Bowling was the lead-in to WWOS.
 
2022-01-25 12:53:26 PM  

offacue: Besides the Indy 500, it was the only place to watch racing on TV.  F1 in the days of Nikki Lauda, motocross in the days of Roger DeCoster and Heikki Mikkola, Nascar with Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford, etc.  Those were the days now get off of my lawn or I'll dial this phone to PL7-1200 and get the police herein a gumball machine topped squad car.


I always think of Al (and Bobby) Unser and Johnny Rutherford as Indy racers.  When it comes to 70's stock car racing, the names Richard Petty and A.J. Foyt are the ones that come to mind.
 
2022-01-25 12:53:54 PM  

offacue: Besides the Indy 500, it was the only place to watch racing on TV.  F1 in the days of Nikki Lauda, motocross in the days of Roger DeCoster and Heikki Mikkola, Nascar with Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford, etc.  Those were the days now get off of my lawn or I'll dial this phone to PL7-1200 and get the police herein a gumball machine topped squad car.


I wonder about the sanity of people who find pleasure watching cars drive in circles.
 
2022-01-25 12:58:36 PM  

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WWoS covered cliff diving only because the producers wanted a paid week long vacation in Acapulco
 
2022-01-25 1:16:22 PM  

Porkbelly: offacue: Besides the Indy 500, it was the only place to watch racing on TV.  F1 in the days of Nikki Lauda, motocross in the days of Roger DeCoster and Heikki Mikkola, Nascar with Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford, etc.  Those were the days now get off of my lawn or I'll dial this phone to PL7-1200 and get the police herein a gumball machine topped squad car.

I wonder about the sanity of people who find pleasure watching cars drive in circles.


Well, golf and poker get old.
 
2022-01-25 1:17:10 PM  
So there is a Twitch channel that always has MXC on (big thanks to whoever it was on here who originally linked to it) but no Twitch channel or YouTube channel constantly showing Wide World of Sports. Sitting on it makes Disney nothing and I don't imagine they're fending off daily pitches to show the back catalogue, you'd think there'd be a channel showing it with one or two Geritol/adult diaper commercials every fifteen minutes. Not saying I'd rearrange my life to watch WWoS but MXC is great for a few minutes at a time and WWoS would be the same sort of thing.
 
2022-01-25 1:55:15 PM  
For those that don't understand the importance of the scene: the opening of WWoS changed many times throughout its many years of production, with different scenes being shown throughout the opening sequence. However, after his fall in 1970, this scene became "the agony of defeat" and was NEVER replaced.


ABC Wide World Classic "The Agony of Defeat" Vinko Bogataj interview
Youtube n_ZvwIFbXMM
 
2022-01-25 2:06:55 PM  

edmo: Porkbelly: offacue: Besides the Indy 500, it was the only place to watch racing on TV.  F1 in the days of Nikki Lauda, motocross in the days of Roger DeCoster and Heikki Mikkola, Nascar with Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford, etc.  Those were the days now get off of my lawn or I'll dial this phone to PL7-1200 and get the police herein a gumball machine topped squad car.

I wonder about the sanity of people who find pleasure watching cars drive in circles.

Well, golf and poker get old.


Well, golf is a good walk spoiled and poker is just another way for suckers to lose money.  But I admit to liking baseball, which is paying attention when nothing is going on and football, which is men brutalizing each other so I suppose if you want to watch cars go in - wait, why don't you just go sit by the freeway instead?
 
2022-01-25 2:08:11 PM  

Dick Gozinya: For those that don't understand the importance of the scene: the opening of WWoS changed many times throughout its many years of production, with different scenes being shown throughout the opening sequence. However, after his fall in 1970, this scene became "the agony of defeat" and was NEVER replaced.


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Thanks.

I'd always assumed it was from the Olympics.

Ski jumpers are nuts.
 
2022-01-25 2:40:36 PM  

Porkbelly: offacue: Besides the Indy 500, it was the only place to watch racing on TV.  F1 in the days of Nikki Lauda, motocross in the days of Roger DeCoster and Heikki Mikkola, Nascar with Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford, etc.  Those were the days now get off of my lawn or I'll dial this phone to PL7-1200 and get the police herein a gumball machine topped squad car.

I wonder about the sanity of people who find pleasure watching cars drive in circles.


I wonder about the sanity of people who find pleasure in watching 22 muscle bound guys chasing a ball for 6 or 7 seconds then watching it 14 times from different angles and talking about it for 10 minutes and then watch some commercials and then do it again and again for the next three hours.
 
2022-01-25 3:25:44 PM  
Given Wide World of Sports was cancelled over 24 years ago, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_World_of_Sports_(American_TV_program). and probably at its peak in the 70s and 80s, it makes sense that the reference is falling out of practice.
 
2022-01-25 3:34:52 PM  

Muta: WWoS covered cliff diving only because the producers wanted a paid week long vacation in Acapulco


Is that true? Either way, WWoS was two things to me as a kid: Bogataj's infamous wipe out and Acapulco cliff diving. Not sure I'd want to go anywhere near Acapulco these days, though.
 
2022-01-25 3:52:03 PM  

offacue: Porkbelly: offacue: Besides the Indy 500, it was the only place to watch racing on TV.  F1 in the days of Nikki Lauda, motocross in the days of Roger DeCoster and Heikki Mikkola, Nascar with Al Unser and Johnny Rutherford, etc.  Those were the days now get off of my lawn or I'll dial this phone to PL7-1200 and get the police herein a gumball machine topped squad car.

I wonder about the sanity of people who find pleasure watching cars drive in circles.

I wonder about the sanity of people who find pleasure in watching 22 muscle bound guys chasing a ball for 6 or 7 seconds then watching it 14 times from different angles and talking about it for 10 minutes and then watch some commercials and then do it again and again for the next three hours.


Well, it is an axiom that any man who thinks he isn't insane is insane.
 
2022-01-25 4:32:16 PM  

iamskibibitz: Muta: WWoS covered cliff diving only because the producers wanted a paid week long vacation in Acapulco

Is that true? Either way, WWoS was two things to me as a kid: Bogataj's infamous wipe out and Acapulco cliff diving. Not sure I'd want to go anywhere near Acapulco these days, though.


Don't forget the motorcycle short track ice racing. With the tires liberally covered in 3-4 inch spikes and the riders all wearing chain mail.

10 year old me loved the mayhem and hoped for lots of crashes. 55 year old me would ask "are you farking nuts?!?!!"
 
2022-01-25 4:48:22 PM  

Recoil Therapy: iamskibibitz: Muta: WWoS covered cliff diving only because the producers wanted a paid week long vacation in Acapulco

Is that true? Either way, WWoS was two things to me as a kid: Bogataj's infamous wipe out and Acapulco cliff diving. Not sure I'd want to go anywhere near Acapulco these days, though.

Don't forget the motorcycle short track ice racing. With the tires liberally covered in 3-4 inch spikes and the riders all wearing chain mail.

10 year old me loved the mayhem and hoped for lots of crashes. 55 year old me would ask "are you farking nuts?!?!!"


I grew up in Michigan and there was a pond next to the freeway that when frozen over, guys would ride their motorcycles on with those spiked tires. It was cool to watch them for the ~30 seconds I could as we passed it.
I think this was the same pond that once the ice started melting, the snowmobile guys would take a running start at and try to skip over the water on their machines.
 
2022-01-25 5:51:03 PM  

muphasta: Recoil Therapy: iamskibibitz: Muta: WWoS covered cliff diving only because the producers wanted a paid week long vacation in Acapulco

Is that true? Either way, WWoS was two things to me as a kid: Bogataj's infamous wipe out and Acapulco cliff diving. Not sure I'd want to go anywhere near Acapulco these days, though.

Don't forget the motorcycle short track ice racing. With the tires liberally covered in 3-4 inch spikes and the riders all wearing chain mail.

10 year old me loved the mayhem and hoped for lots of crashes. 55 year old me would ask "are you farking nuts?!?!!"

I grew up in Michigan and there was a pond next to the freeway that when frozen over, guys would ride their motorcycles on with those spiked tires. It was cool to watch them for the ~30 seconds I could as we passed it.
I think this was the same pond that once the ice started melting, the snowmobile guys would take a running start at and try to skip over the water on their machines.


This still occurs yearly in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. Spike racing is awesome, but, it's also capped, typically, at 500cc engines and less than 100hp.

Open class racing, on the other hand, with sponsorships involved, are popular in Russia and Scandinavia. Think of a Kawasaki H2. Now on ice, with spiked tires, gunning down 120mph. It's pretty rad.
 
2022-01-25 8:01:48 PM  

Jedekai: muphasta: Recoil Therapy: iamskibibitz: Muta: WWoS covered cliff diving only because the producers wanted a paid week long vacation in Acapulco

Is that true? Either way, WWoS was two things to me as a kid: Bogataj's infamous wipe out and Acapulco cliff diving. Not sure I'd want to go anywhere near Acapulco these days, though.

Don't forget the motorcycle short track ice racing. With the tires liberally covered in 3-4 inch spikes and the riders all wearing chain mail.

10 year old me loved the mayhem and hoped for lots of crashes. 55 year old me would ask "are you farking nuts?!?!!"

I grew up in Michigan and there was a pond next to the freeway that when frozen over, guys would ride their motorcycles on with those spiked tires. It was cool to watch them for the ~30 seconds I could as we passed it.
I think this was the same pond that once the ice started melting, the snowmobile guys would take a running start at and try to skip over the water on their machines.

This still occurs yearly in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. Spike racing is awesome, but, it's also capped, typically, at 500cc engines and less than 100hp.

Open class racing, on the other hand, with sponsorships involved, are popular in Russia and Scandinavia. Think of a Kawasaki H2. Now on ice, with spiked tires, gunning down 120mph. It's pretty rad.


You'll also note the tires are filled with concrete. You know, just the thing for when your spiked-tire-wearing motorcycle goes out of control at 95 MPH on a sheet of ice.
 
2022-01-26 12:10:41 AM  

markie_farkie: The agony guy didn't even know he was featured in that clip for decades, and it was only after the Soviet Union collapsed that he found out.


He found out in 1981. (I clearly remember him being on a WWOS anniversary show long before the end of the USSR.)

Per Wikipedia: Meanwhile, having retired to his quiet, private life in Slovenia, Bogataj was unaware of his celebrity, and so was surprised to be asked to attend the 20th anniversary celebration for Wide World of Sports in 1981.
 
2022-01-26 9:08:28 AM  

LineNoise: Daniel Boone's Farm: Thinking back there wasn't a guaranteed game to watch on weekends from 11 AM to 11 PM, and around this time of year World World of Sports was all we had.  I was a bigger fan of This Week in Baseball. my summer Saturday go to, but WW of Sports had some great stuff.  If your parents weren't paying for you to go the Closed Circuit pay per view at the theater the only way to see Evel Kneivel was on WWS.  I also dug ping pong from Chinba, chess, and truly appreciated the Globetrotters.

More and more I want to go back.  I lived Satchell Paige style, (fried foods aside)  and never looked back so I never felt nostalgic and really never even thought about the past.  The free time in the beginning of the pandemic left me with too much time and now I am busy again I wander mentally to a time when I did absolutely nothing and loved every minute of it.  I biatched so much about school but thinking back if you made me the offer of summers off, no worries, gym class, even the cuordoroy pants my mom made me wear I would be back in a heartbeat.

TWiB was awesome, i really wish they would make a show like that again. Gave you a good way to catch up on what was going on in the game, was light hearted and din't try to hard, without being over the top or listening to 3 guys debate the same 3 players and teams over and over again endlessly.

The beauty of Wide World of Sports was you got to see sports you would never even think of tuning into (let alone being able to back then) and since it was curated, would be bound to see something cool.

Although i do remember them having a ton of bowling.


Loved TWiB. Was reminiscing the other day about the George Michael's Sports Machine.
 
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