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ESPN MidWeek — November 7, 2012


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Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers Face Matt Cassel and the Chiefs on Monday Night Football
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Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers face Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Nov. 12, at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Steelers have the longest MNF home winning streak with 14 victories on the Monday Night stage, and head coach Mike Tomlin holds the best record on MNF of active coaches at 6-1 (minimum of five games). Play-by-play voice Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden will call the matchup with sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

Prior to the game, Chris Berman will host the two-hour pre-game show Monday Night Countdown at 6:30 p.m. with NFL analysts Cris CarterMike DitkaTom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. On-site host Stuart Scott, NFL analysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young, columnist Rick Reilly and Salters will join the conversation from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Fans can watch MNF on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, as well as on WatchESPN.com (computers) and via the WatchESPN app (tablets), for those who receive their video subscriptions from an affiliated provider.

Sunday NFL Countdown: Doug Martin – Rookie Sensation; Lil Wayne Interviews Randy Moss; Art of Creating the Fumble; and More
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Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Suzy Kolber, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski will preview the NFL’s Week 10 on ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown Presented by IBM on Nov. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will report the day’s news, and comedian Frank Caliendo will contribute his impressions of ESPN and NFL personalities.

Correspondents Sal Paolantonio (Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles), Rachel Nichols (Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers), Bob Holtzman (New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals), Ed Werder (Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints) and Josina Anderson (Houston Texans at Chicago Bears) will report from games.  Highlights:

  • Doug Martin – Rookie Sensation:  After setting a Tampa Bay Buccaneers record of 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and rushing for more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage so far this season, rookie sensation Doug Martin is staking a claim for the NFL Rookie of Year award.  In his path to the NFL, Martin was inspired by YouTube videos of NFL legends, Jackie Chan movies and a passion for playing “tag.”  Countdown’s Suzy Kolber takes a closer look at the Tampa Bay running back.
  • Randy Moss and Lil Wayne:  Rapper and lyricist Lil Wayne will make his debut as a Countdown guest correspondent in a rare sit-down interview with 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, who talks about his comeback in San Francisco after taking a season off and what’s in store in his future.
  • The Art of Creating the Fumble:  The Chicago Bears defense is better than some team offenses this season and is a major reason the team is 7-1 midway into the season.  While interceptions have been a key to their success, no one has been better at creating fumbles than cornerback Charles Tillman, who has forced seven in 2012 and 36 since 2003. Rachel Nichols examines the art of the strip with Tillman.
  • “Mayne Event” – Election in New England:  Election Day isn’t only about the highest office in the land.  At Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots were involved in making a very important choice.  In this week’s “Mayne Event,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker assist Kenny Mayne in his quest for the truth.

The three-hour program will also include live look-ins at quarterbacks Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Cam Newton in their pre-game routines leading into the 1 p.m. games; Jaworski and Hoge’s Xs and Os “Eye in the Sky” segment; a discussion of which quarterback between Michael Vick and Tony Romo has more pressure going into the matchup between their underperforming 3-5 teams Sunday; and Cris Carter’s “Where You At?”

Snickers NFL Matchup – Michael Vick Struggles out of Empty; Isaac Redman Versus the Giants; Giants Receiver Spacing Issues; and More
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NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge will preview the weekend’s key matchups by taking viewers inside the film room with X’s and O’s analysis on Sunday, Nov. 11, on ESPN at 6:30 a.m. (ESPN2 at 8:30 a.m.).  Highlights:

  • Hoge Breakdown – Owen Daniels TD off Run-Action: Hoge breaks down the 39-yard touchdown throw to Houston tight end Owen Daniels to show how the Texans used run-action to impact second-level defenders and change the launch point for their offense.
  • “Between the Lines” – Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall:  With Houston’s defense holding opposing quarterbacks to a league-best 54.5 completion percentage, Jaworski shows how Chicago’s offense can attack  the Texans’ defense with unique plays between quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
  • Blitz Breakdown – Philip Wheeler Blitz/Matt Ryan Interception: Teams have used strong pressure to successfully challenge the Falcons’ pass game this season.  Hoge shows one blitz Oakland used to create pressure on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and force an interception.
  • “Jaworski’s Playbook” – Michael Vick Sack out of Empty: The Eagles have given up three sacks and two fumbles over the last four games when lined up in an “empty” formation. Jaworski uses a sack from Monday night to show why quarterback Michael Vick has struggled against the blitz in ‘empty’ formations.
  • “Factor Back” – Doug Martin Catch: With the Buccaneers putting up almost 500 yards of offense per game over the last four games, Hoge highlights how they have used Doug Martin to get favorable matchups against linebackers in a 42-yard catch out of the backfield.
  • Jaworski Covers the Field – Giants Receiver Spacing Issues: While critics are talking about how quarterback Eli Manning is struggling, Jaworski “Covers the Field” to explain that the Giants’ issues in the pass game are a result of their lack of adequate spacing by receivers.
  • Jaworski’s Drop In – Wes Welker versus Bryan Scott:  After a dominating performance in Week 4, the Patriots are poised for a rematch with the Bills.  Jaworski explains how New England uses pre-snap alignment to dictate a favorable one-on-one matchup between wide receiver Wes Welker and Bills linebacker Bryan Scott.
  • “Coaches Clicker” – Isaac Redman versus the Giants: Pittsburgh has had three straight 100-yard rushers for the first time since 2007.  Hoge uses the “Clicker” analyze Steelers running back Isaac Redman’s game-clinching run against the Giants.
  • “Hoge X and O Files” – Bruce Irvin Sack: Hoge shows how the Seahawks’ use of alignment and stunts on their defensive line led to a sack by defensive end Bruce Irvin.

Connecticut & Michigan State to Meet in Sears Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein Air Base in Germany
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Connecticut and No. 14 Michigan State will take part in the first regular-season men’s college basketball game held overseas – the Sears Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, on Friday, Nov. 9. The unique location – in a C-5 transport airplane hangar on the base – will be televised on ESPN with coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. The game is the centerpiece of ESPN’s fourth annual America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans, a five-day initiative that honors veterans and troops in programming across the network’s U.S. media platforms from Wednesday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 11.

Live studio coverage from Germany begins on ESPNU at 5 p.m. and continues with a full pregame show at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN. The game will tip off on ESPN at 6 p.m. and is the first of more than 1,450 games this season – and 14 on November 9 alone — across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Regional Television, Longhorn Network and ESPN FULL COURT. Full Studio and Game Coverage

Denver Nuggets to Host Utah Jazz in Western Conference Showdown
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ESPN’s NBA coverage continues Friday, Nov. 9, when the Denver Nuggets – led by Andre Iguodala and Ty Lawson — host the Utah Jazz and Mo and Marvin Williams at 10:30 p.m. Terry Gannon will call the game with analyst Jon Barry. ESPN’s telecast of Jazz at Nuggets is presented by State Farm and part of the KIA NBA Tip Off. The game is available on computers, tablets and smartphones via WatchESPN.

Another London Showdown Likely to Decide “Player of the Year” at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
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Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray – each having won one Major event in 2012 – are vying for unofficial “player of the year” honors at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from London on ESPN3 and ESPN2. The Championship on Monday, Nov. 12, could be the third major match among the Big Three in London this year.

Novak Djokovic, winner of the Australian Open and currently No. 1 in the world, is guaranteed to emerge as the year-end, top-ranked player.  However, most observers would consider Federer or Murray – winners of Wimbledon (Federer over Murray) and the US Open (Murray over Djokovic), respectively, with Murray also claiming the Olympic Gold Medal (over Federer at Wimbledon) – the 2012 player of the year with a victory at this year-end, eight-player round robin.  Through midday Wednesday, Djokovic was 2-0 and Murray, the pride of Great Britain, 1-1 in their group (with Tomas Berdych, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) while Federer was 1-0 in his half (with Juan Martin Del Potro, David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic).

ESPN3 is providing extensive live coverage all week from the O2 Arena with a match at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. each day, through Saturday, Nov. 10 (afternoon match that day at 2:15 p.m.).  ESPN2 will show each morning match November 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. before joining ESPN3 for live coverage of the semifinals Sunday, Nov. 11, and the Championship on Monday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.  Cliff Drysdale and Patrick McEnroe will call all the action on ESPN2 – and the corresponding ESPN3 simulcast.

Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)
Thur, Nov 8 – Fri, Nov. 9 8:45 a.m.
2:45 p.m.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Round Robin ESPN3
Thur, Nov. 8 – Fri, Nov 9 2 p.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Round robin ESPN2 (tape delayed from 8:45 a.m.)
Sat, Nov 10 8:45 a.m.
2:15 p.m.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Round Robin ESPN3
Sun, Nov 11 9 a.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Semifinal #1 ESPN3 / ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Semifinal #2 ESPN3 / ESPN2
Mon, Nov 12 3 p.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Championship ESPN3 / ESPN2

NASCAR Now to Preview Phoenix Sprint Cup Race
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ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway in the one-hour edition airing Sunday, Nov. 11, at 8 a.m. Host Lindsay Czarniak will be joined by analyst Ricky Craven with reporters Marty Smith and Shannon Spake at the track. The race will air live on ESPN at 2 p.m. Czarniak and Craven will review the race Sunday night at 10 p.m. while ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett joins for more review on Monday’s show at 2 p.m. Wednesday’s program includes a salute to NASCAR Hall of Famer, former team owner and WWII vet Bud Moore.

Women’s College Basketball Season Tips Off on ESPN3
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The 2012-13 season opens on ESPN3 with four games over the weekend, beginning with Vermont at Marist on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.  N.C. State is hosting the Wolfpack Invitational and will face either Maine or Auburn on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tennessee visits Georgia Tech’s for the opening of the Yellow Jackets’ new arena Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by Middle Tennessee hosting a WNIT second round game at 3 p.m. ESPN’s Full Women’s College Basketball Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game / Announcers Network
Fri, Nov 9 6 p.m. Vermont at Marist
Ed Cohen & Julianne Viani
Sat, Nov 10 7:30 p.m. Auburn or Maine at N.C. State (Wolfpack Invitational) ESPN3
Sun, Nov 11 2 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  3 p.m. TBD vs. Middle Tennessee State (WNIT) ESPN3

espnW.com: Women’s College Basketball: Player and Team Previews, Rankings and more
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espnW.com continues its extensive women’s college basketball preview coverage with several  player and team features, preseason rankings, a Big East and Big 10 preview and more. espnW.com also breaks down the  top five players at each position in Best of the Business, and espnW.com contributor Graham Hays profiles Connecticut Huskies highly-touted freshman Breanna Stewart as she preps for her debut.

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