ABC'S NFL "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4
9:00 P.M., ET
ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful and longest-running primetime sports series, continues its 35th anniversary season with a match-up involving one of the league's top offenses, the Kansas City Chiefs, taking on one of the league's top defenses, the Baltimore Ravens. Coverage from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland begins MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, at 9:00 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.
The 2003 MNF regular season continues on MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, with a match-up of two of the league's top quarterbacks, as Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers host Steve McNair and the Tennessee Titans. At halftime of this game, don't miss the world premiere of Tim McGraw's video, "How Bad Do You Want It," celebrating the 35th anniversary of "Monday Night Football".
Emmy Award-winning announcer Al Michaels is now in his 19th consecutive season as the play-by-play voice of "Monday Night Football." Michaels, one of television's most respected journalists, has appeared on live, primetime, over-the-air television more than anyone in the history of the medium, with the approximate total number of hours now approaching 2,000.
Joining him for his third season on MNF is the legendary John Madden. Madden recently won his unprecedented 14th Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
New to the MNF team this year is sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who has been the courtside reporter for ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals the last two seasons.
MICHAELS AND MADDEN MOST POPULAR:
Al Michaels and John Madden were voted the No. 1 favorite NFL announcing team by a TV Guide poll. They were selected No. 1 by 47% of the country. Their closest competitors were the Fox team of Joe Buck, Chris Collinsworth and Troy Aikman, with 24%.
Additionally, in a Sports Illustrated year-long poll to find America's favorite sportscaster, the magazine polled readers from each state, asking among other questions, "Who is your favorite announcer?" "Monday Night Football" analyst John Madden was voted No. 1 in 39 states and No. 2 in 10 states. In all, Madden and partner Al Michaels were voted the top two most popular sportscasters in America.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS:
For the second consecutive season, the Chiefs and Ravens will meet in the fourth game of the year at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. The Chiefs won last year's game 17-10.
These two teams have met only twice, and the Chiefs lead the series against the Ravens 2-0. Besides last year's meeting, the only other time these two teams met was on10/21/99, with the Chiefs pounding the Ravens 35-8.
Kansas City Chiefs (0-3)
This is the first of three Chiefs games on "Monday Night Football" this season. They also host the Patriots in week 11 and travel to Tennessee to play the Titans in week 14. They have an overall MNF record of 18-13, including a 17-10 victory over the Raiders last season, the Chiefs' first MNF game since the 2000 season.
Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
The Ravens are a perfect 3-0 on "Monday Night Football." They did not appear last season but were 1-0 in 2002, defeating the Broncos 34-23 in week 4, and were 2-0 in 2001, defeating the Titans 16-10 in week 8 and the Vikings 19-3 on the last game of the season -- a game that was originally scheduled for 9/17/01 but which was postponed after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This is the Ravens' only appearance on MNF this season.
RAVENS DB GARY BAXTER "SACKED" AT HALFTIME:
At halftime, "Monday Night Football" will present a new episode of the feature "You've Been Sacked" in which, week-to-week, NFL players play practical jokes on their teammates with the MNF cameras there to capture it all. The fun, entertaining feature promises to reveal something about the players' personalities off of the playing field.
This week LB Ray Lewis and DB Deio Sanders "sack" their teammate, defensive back Gary Baxter.
In the much-talked-about first episode of "You've Been Sacked", St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl wide receiver Torry Holt was set up by his teammates, Adam Timmerman and Andy McCollum. This is the second of eight scheduled "You've Been Sacked" episodes that will run at various MNF halftimes throughout the season.
MNF IN HDTV:
The entire schedule of ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football" is available in HDTV.
ABC Sports will feature "SkyCam" throughout the season on "Monday Night Football." "SkyCam" is a camera suspended over the field on a series of cables. The camera, which runs both the length and width of the field, will provide viewers with unique angles.
Fred Gaudelli is the producer and Drew Esocoff is the director of ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football".