ABC'S NFL "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
MIAMI DOLPHINS VS. NEW YORK JETS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1
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 between AFC East rivals the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The last time these two teams met on MNF was the "Miracle at the Meadowlands" in the 2000 season, when the Jets came from behind to defeat the Dolphins in OT. Coverage from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey begins MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, at 9:00 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.
The 2004 MNF regular season continues on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 with a much anticipated match-up featuring two of the NFL's highest-scoring offenses, as Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts host Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings.
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. Michaels was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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.
MIAMI DOLPHINS VS. NEW YORK JETS:
The Jets lead the all-time regular season series between these teams 39-37-1, and have won 10 of the past 13 meetings, including a 17-9 victory in the teams' first meeting this season on October 3. The Jets captured each of the first eight meetings in this series, but Miami has gone 37-31-1 since that time. The
Jets own a 22-16 mark against the Dolphins in games played in New York, including a 13-7 mark at the Meadowlands, where they have captured five of the last six match-ups.
Miami Dolphins (1-6, T-3rd place in AFC East)
The Dolphins are 38-31 all-time on "Monday Night Football." Their 38 victories place them first on the all-time MNF victory list, one better than the 49ers and Cowboys and two better than the Raiders. Additionally the Dolphins, with 69 total MNF games, have appeared in more "Monday Night Football" games than any other team. The Cowboys, with 63 MNF games, rank second. The Dolphins' next MNF contest is in week 15, when they host the Super Bowl champion Patriots.
New York Jets (5-1, 2nd place in AFC East)
The Jets are 15-19 overall on "Monday Night Football," including a 27-17 victory over the visiting Titans last season. The most memorable MNF game that the team played was the 40-37 overtime thriller in week eight of the 2000 season against the Dolphins, which was recently voted the best-ever MNF game by a fan vote. This is the Jets only appearance on MNF this season.
BUSH AND KERRY ASK...
On the eve of the presidential election, President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry ask what may be the ost important question facing them: "Are you ready for some football?"
POLITICAL FOOTBALL, PART II:
Did you know that the Redskins, being from Washington, have a unique bearing on the outcome of presidential elections? ABC News' Robin Roberts narrates a halftime feature showing how the Redskins' outcome on their final game before presidential elections affects the results of the election.
KEVIN MAWAE MIC'D UP:
Jets center Kevin Mawae will wear a wireless microphone during the game to provide sounds of the game for the MNF telecast. Other players to be "mic'd up" this season include Broncos safety John Lynch, Ravens LB ray Lewis, Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber and Vikings WR Randy Moss.
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."