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ABC's Wide World of Sports
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    While several other athletes (most often Super Bowl or Football World Cup champions) were used to indicate ‘the thrill of victory,' skier Vinko Bogataj was the only symbol of ‘the agony of defeat.'
    It was meant to be nothing more than filler for a single season.
    Blatant product placement constantly followed the opening narration.
    Further to this point, a boxing computer game bearing the show's name was created in 1991.
    It has been credited, alongside Evel Knievel, with the popularity surge in extreme sports.
    Eventually it became the umbrella title for ABC's weekend (mainstream) sports lineup.
    The crew had no idea it would become a white-hot phenomenon.
    Since it was rarely mainstream in its heyday, it presented a broad range of sports and mosaic of athletes not normally seen on North American television (for example, jai-alai, motocross, badminton, or rodeo).
    The brassy fanfare has become memorable.
    It won the Peabody Award in 1967.
    It spawned a no-less successful Canadian version, shown on the CTV Television Network with the same theme music (albeit slightly remade).
    Credit: Cool It All Right?
    Opening narration (McKay): ‘Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… this is ABC's Wide World of Sports!'
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 34 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 8 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 7 Votes: 28.57% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 17 Votes: 47.06% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 35.29% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 10 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 27 Votes: 51.85% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 65 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 53 Votes: 37.74% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 62 Votes: 58.06% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 151 Votes: 45.03% Annoying
 
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