This wasn't what ESPN had in mind when it swapped Sunday nights for Monday nights in its newest NFL contract. While NBC gets the Colts and Patriots on Sunday night, ESPN is stuck with an Oakland-Seattle game that won't draw many viewers east of, say, Spokane. NBC gets Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. ESPN gets Andrew Walter vs. Seneca Wallace (not to shortchange the duel between running backs LaMont Jordan and Maurice Morris). Without further sarcasm, we bring you ESPN's scheduled programming from Qwest Field on Monday (featuring Brian Bosworth and a fish-catching contest among Seattle receivers).
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Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks (Qwest Field): Nov. 6, 2006
The line-up of ESPN programs originating from Qwest Field in Seattle on Monday (all times PST) will include:
Pardon the Interruption (2:30-3 p.m., ESPN) – Co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will discuss and debate all the day's top sports news from a set inside Qwest Field. ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski will make his regular Monday appearance.
NFL PrimeTime (3-4 p.m., ESPN HD) – Host Stuart Scott will be joined by NFL analysts Mike Ditka and Jaworski live from a set outside Qwest Field to recap all the highlights and top moments from Sunday's NFL games.
Monday Night Countdown (4-5:30 p.m., ESPN HD) – Monday Night Countdown will originate from inside Qwest Field with host Chris Berman, analysts Tom Jackson, Michael Irvin and Steve Young and reporter Chris Mortensen.
ESPN's Monday Night Football (5:30- 8:30 p.m., ESPN HD/ESPN Deportes) –
Mike Tirico, Kornheiser and Joe Theismann will call the Raiders-Seahawks game on ESPN and ESPN HD with sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. ESPN Deportes will feature its own Spanish-language production of MNF with play-by-play commentator Álvaro Martín, analyst Raúl Allegre and reporter John Sutcliffe.
SportsCenter (8:30 p.m., ESPN HD) – Host Stuart Scott will be joined by Jackson, Irvin and Young to recap all the highlights and top moments from the MNF game.
* ESPN reporters Rachel Nichols (covering Seahawks) and Colleen Dominguez (Raiders) will also provide updates on the teams every 20 minutes from Qwest Field throughout all afternoon programs beginning at noon PST
ESPN's Monday Night Football "Playbook":
Personalized player line-ups will be introduced by:
Seattle: QB Matt Hasselbeck (offense) and DE Bryce Fisher (defense)
Oakland: RB LaMont Jordan (offense) and DT Warren Sapp (defense)
Actor Christian Slater (starring in new film Bobby about Robert F. Kennedy and directed by Emilio Estevez)
Former Seattle Seahawks LB Brian Bosworth
Other planned events:
Tony Awards -- Tony Kornheiser will present his mid-season NFL awards (categories: Best Drama, Best Choreography, Best Direction and Best Original Score, etc.)
ESPN's MNF Transformation open will feature actor Patrick Dempsey (ABC's Grey's Anatomy)
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN PRE-GAME SHOW LIVE FROM SEATTLE, 4 P.M. PST ON ESPN
Monday Night Countdown delivered by UPS will originate from Qwest Field in Seattle with Berman, Jackson, Irvin and Young previewing the night's game and reviewing Sunday's action. Mortensen will present news and updates from around the league. The 90-minute program will lead into the Monday Night Football game – Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks. Colleen Dominguez will provide reports on the Raiders while Rachel Nichols will cover the Seahawks. Other highlights:
Monday Night Top 10
The first half of ESPN's inaugural season of Monday Night Football has featured a comeback for the ages, the start of a quarterback controversy in Dallas and the reopening of the Superdome. Countdown will present the best plays and best moments.
Soundtracks: Super Seahawks
The 2005 Seahawks were the first team in the franchise's 30-year history to reach the Super Bowl. Viewers will experience Super Bowl XL from a Seattle perspective in "Soundtracks."
Soundtracks: Glory Years of the Raiders
Though Oakland has struggled this season, the Raiders have a proud tradition that boasts three Super Bowl wins. Listen to the likes of Stabler, Madden, Allen and Plunkett in a special tribute to the best of the Silver and Black.
Brian Bosworth … LIVE
One of the most colorful players in NFL history will join the Countdown team live on-set to relive the night he and Bo Jackson became part of Monday Night lore
They Can Catch a Football, But …
Seattle's wide receivers have come a long way since the drops of a couple of years ago. Now comes the ultimate test -- can any of them catch a fish thrown by the fishmongers at the famous Pike Place Market.
Monday Night Countdown gets ready for kickoff with the analysts breaking down the important storylines and key players before the game. Which young quarterback has the edge -- Seneca Wallace or Andrew Walter? And, does Randy Moss have more Monday Night magic left in him?
WEEKLY MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN SEGMENTS
JACKED UP – Hard-hitting linebacker Tom Jackson looks at the biggest hits from Sunday's action.
PLAYMAKERS – Michael "The Playmaker" Irvin, reviews the players who made a difference in Sunday's NFL action.
IN THE POCKET – Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young casts his eye on the best -- and worst -- quarterbacking performances of Week 8.
TEAMS AT 20 – Every 20 minutes reporters Dominguez, Nichols and Tafoya will update news from the teams in their preparations for the game.
In addition, Monday Night Football's Tirico, Theismann and Kornheiser will preview the night's matchup, with Mortensen covering breaking news from around the league and the Countdown analysts offering their "Lead Pipe Lock" predictions for the game.