Monday Night Countdown on ESPN

ESPN will begin its season of Monday Night Football with a doubleheader tonight.  Before the games the WWL has a full slate on tap on Monday Night Countdown.

Suzy Kolber will serve as host in place of Chris Berman, who will call the nightcap tonight between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.  Kolber will be joined by analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski and Keyshawn Johnson on the main set from ESPN’s Bristol studio.  NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report league news and updates.  Stuart Scott, Steve Young and Jason Taylor (for Trent Dilfer) will be on-site from Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.  MNF sideline reporter Lisa Salters will report from Bengals at Ravens, and Rachel Nichols will cover Chargers at Raiders.

From ESPN PR, here are expected to be some highlights from the season opening show:

  • “Gruden Extra” with Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton and A.J. Green:  Last season, quarterback Dalton and wide receiver Green led the Bengals to the postseason as rookies.  Dalton threw for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.  Green had a Pro Bowl season, rare for a rookie receiver. Ahead of their sophomore seasons, Dalton and Green sit down with Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden in this week’s “Gruden Extra.”
  • E:60 – Ray Lewis:  Countdown will air a Rachel Nichols E:60 feature that traces the long and complicated relationship between Ravens team leader Ray Lewis and his father. (E:60 is ESPN’s Sports Emmy Award winning primetime news magazine.)
  • Rick Reilly Feature – Gerry Sandusky:  ESPN.com columnist and Monday Night Countdown essayist Rick Reilly returns for another season with a story about Baltimore Ravens radio broadcaster Gerry Sandusky, who shares a last name with convicted serial child molester and former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
  • Chargers-Raiders Soundtracks: The Chargers-Raiders rivalry dates back to the AFL.  This week’s “Soundtracks” features the best compilation of in-game audio and highlights from the rivalry.