AFC Foes Pats, Chiefs Face Off In A Battle Of East Versus West Monday Night On ESPN

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This Monday night on ESPN, Alex Smith and the struggling Kansas City Chiefs host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a battle of East versus West in the AFC.  Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN will be an important one for the Chiefs who are currently winless at home. The Pats on the other hand, are even at 1 – 1 on the road.  Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski said this week that he is looking forward to taking on a more active role with the Pats. So fans can potentially expect to see him in a much more active role Monday night when New England comes to Arrowhead Stadium. And that means the possibility of an even more tough fight for the Chiefs Monday night.

Looking at things on an even deeper level, the Chiefs and Pats are almost even in terms of total points scored so far this season and total yardage, too. And Tom Brady has the second-highest winning percentage on Monday Night Football, with a record of 13 – 5.  That is second only to Payton Manning, whose MNF record sits at 13 – 4.  The Patriots have scored more points than the Chiefs so far this season.  But the Chiefs have outperformed the Patriots in terms of Passing Yards, Rushing Yards, and total yardage overall.  But that lead is minimal at best. Taking all of this into consideration, Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Footabll on ESPN could prove to be a close one for both teams in this battle of the AFC East and AFC West.

Mike Tirico will have the call for Monday night’s game.  He will be joined by Jon Gruden in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines for additional commentary.  Before kickoff of Monday night’s game, the Monday Night Countdown crew will recap all of the action from Sunday’s games.  Suzy Kolber will host the broadcast, which will come live from Arrowhead Stadium.  She will be joined by NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.  Chris Berman will join the broadcast live from ESPN’s headquarters alongside ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson and ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.  It all starts at 6pm ET.  Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm ET.

The topics slated for Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Countdown are listed below.

  • Gruden’s Grill Session with Alex Smith: Super Bowl-winning coach and MNFanalyst Jon Gruden visits with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
  • Rick Reilly – Drew Bledsoe: If not for an injury to then-Patriots starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe in 2001, the Tom Brady era in New England may never have happened.  In his weekly feature, Countdown’sRick Reilly looks at where Bledsoe is now, 13 years after losing his starting job to Brady and eight years since retiring from the NFL.
  • Soundtracks – Best of Brady and Gronk: As the Patriots look to get their offense turned around, Countdownlooks back at the best of in-game audio between quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski in Soundtracks.

Monday Night Football is available to all Spanish-speaking audiences on ESPN Deportes.  And anyone that can’t be near a television Monday night can still catch the game online via WatchESPN.

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Let Them Wear Towels Premieres Next Tuesday In Nine For IX Series

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Next Tuesday, July 16th, ESPN will premiere the next film in its new Nine For IX series. Let Them Wear Towels is the latest in the film series.  It will air at 8pm.  The new film focuses on the challenges faced by female sports reporters as they struggled to make their own place in the largely male dominated world that is the professional sports locker room.  The film was co-directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern.  The core of the story centers on examples such as that of then twenty-five year old Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olsen’s sexual harassment case involving players with the New England Patriots and that of Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke being barred from the New York Yankees’ clubhouse.

Olsen’s case rose as a result of Olsen being sexually harassed by members of the team, who exposed their genitals to her and made crass comments to her.  The 1990 case resulted in an investigation by the NFL.  It resulted in the finding that Olsen had in fact been “degraded and humiliated” by the players in question.  Despite her win in the case, fans of the Pats continued to chide her so harshly in public that she ended up moving all the way around the world to Australia for a period of time to restart her broadcasting career.

Melissa  Ludtke, who at the time worked for Sports Illustrated, faced her own turmoil as a female sports reporter.  She had been barred from entering the New York Yankees’ locker room over a decade ago..  Ludtke challenged the action by the Yankees organization and won.

Sundberg and Stern incorporate interviews with Ludtke, Olsen and many others within the sports universe in their examination of why the subject of female reports in the professional sports locker room remains such a hot button issue today.  The pair examines the history of women in the largely male dominated sports world as well in order to find out why this remains such an important topic even now in the twenty-first century.    This film, and all of the films in the Nine for IX series can be downloaded the day after their broadcast via iTunes and Amazon.  This October, there will be a special collectible gift set that includes all of the films in the Nine for IX series.  It will be available October 15th, 2013.

The complete Nine For IX schedule is listed below.

July 16: Let Them Wear Towels


July 23: No Limits


July 30: Swoopes


August 6: The Diplomat


August 13: Runner


August 20: The ‘99ers


August 27: Branded


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ESPN Scores A “W” In Monday Night Ratings

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ESPN won Monday Night’s ratings “game.”  The network’s weekly Monday Night Football matchup (this week between the Texans and Patriots) pulled in over fourteen million viewers.  To be exact, the matchup between the NFL leading teams pulled in a total of 14,483,000 viewers according to weekly Nielsen numbers.  The network took the night’s overall win in both broadcast and cable, including key adult and male demographics.  Last night’s ratings win was the biggest for the network as the Pats’ 42-14 thumping of the Texans brought in more viewers than the network had gotten over the course of the current NFL season.  So far this season, MNF has averaged 13,203,000 viewers over the course of each MNF broadcast.  That’s up slightly from this point last season.

Next up on ESPN’s Monday Night Football is a matchup between the Titans and the struggling New York Jets.  The game will air next Monday, December 17th at 8:30pm on ESPN.

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