Nessler will work MNF opener

Brad Nessler is headed to the NFL, at least for one game.

Nessler, a St. Charles native, has been tabbed by ESPN to do play-by-play on the Sept. 13 San Diego and Kansas City game from Arrowhead Stadium.

The game (9:15 p.m.) is the second of ESPN's Monday Night Football doubleheader; the opener is Baltimore and the New York Jets, which has a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Nessler will work with analyst Trent Dilfer and sideline reporter Suzy Kolber.

The regular MNF team of Mike Tirico and analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski will call the Ravens-Jets game.


Nessler is making his second appearance in the MNF booth. In ESPN's first season-opening doubleheader in 2006, Nessler was paired with Jaworski and former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil, and worked the San Diego and Oakland game.

He joined ABC and ESPN in 1992 and still serves as play-by-play voice for  college football and basketball. In fact, he will do the Miami-Ohio State game on Sept. 11 from Columbus on ESPN, teaming with Todd Blackledge. The Nessler-Blackledge team will work together all season.

Nessler has NFL experience, woking as play-by-play voice for the Atlanta Falcons (1982-88), the Vikings (1988-89) and also for the Miami Dolphins as TV preseason play-by-play voice.

This will be the first MNF game in Kansas City since Nov. 22, 2004.

Around the tube

• Have you got your 3-D TV yet? If so, TNT will have 3-D coverage of the par three 12th and 17th holes from the 92nd PGA Championships on Aug. 12-13 from Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

In order to watch the 3-D coverage, which will feature eight cameras produced specifically for 3-D, you will need a 3-D TV or PC display with matching 3-D glasses.Check out for further information.

• Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose'' Johnston has joined the NFL Network as an analyst. He will continue his role as a game analyst for Fox NFL Sunday, too.


Johnston, a 10-year NFL veteran with the Dallas Cowboys, will serve as an in-studio analyst on NFL Total Access and contribute to other NFL Network shows and specials.

• Speaking of the NFL Network, all 65 preseason games will air, including 10 of them live.

• Senior golfers will be in Seattle on Saturday and Sunday (3 p.m. to 5 p.m..) for the U.S. Senior Open from Sahalee Country Club. Next week the seniors are at the 3M Championship (TPC Twin Cities) in Blaine, a tournament to air on the Golf Channel.

• The Fox Saturday (3 p.m.) Game of the Week locally is Detroit at Boston, with Dick Stockton and Mark Grace.

• The NFL training camps have started. Fox NFL analyst Jay Glazer is on a 40-day camp tour where he will visit 25 teams while Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will combine to make an appearance at all 32 teams' camps. Mortensen is scheduled to be in Mankato for the Vikings on Aug. 12.

• Earlier this week, unveiled its 25 Most Hated Teams of All Time, regardless of sport and the winner (loser?) is the 1986 University of Miami football team.

Jimmy Johnson was the coach, Vinny Testaverde the quarterback and Michael Irvin the star receiver. That's the team, if you recall, that showed up in Tempe, Ariz., before the Fiesta Bowl with Penn State wearing military fatigues.

Rick Reilly, then writing for "Sports Illustrated'' wrote, "the  '86 Hurricanes were caught up in fights and fraud and alleged shoplifting and other unsavory shenanigans involving more than 40 players. Miami may be the only squad in America that has its team picture taken from the front and from the side."


Making the list at No. 25 are the 2010-11 Miami Heat and they haven't even played a game.

The top 25 most hated teams:

1. 1986 University of Miami football; 2.1988-89 Detroit Pistons; 3. 1992 Dallas Cowboys; 4. 1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers; 5. 1978 New York Yankees; 6. 2007 New England Patriots; 7. 1993-94 New York Knicks; 8. 1976 Oakland Raiders; 9. 1989-90 UNLV basketball; 10. 1998-99 Manchester United; 11. 1990 University of Miami football; 12. 1991-92 Duke basketball; 13. 1986 New York Mets; 14. 1972 Soviet Union Olympic basketball; 15. 2005 USC football; 16. 1974 Oakland Athletics; 17. 1993 Notre Dame football; 18. 1976 East Germany women's swimming; 19. 1919 Chicago White Sox; 20. 2004 U.S. Olympic basketball; 21. 2000-01 Portland Trail Blazers; 22. 2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs; 23. 1983-84 Georgetown basketball; 24. 1909 Detroit Tigers and 25. 2010-11 Miami Heat.

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