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Behind the Scenes at MNF, Part IV: Actual Scenes

I was fortunate enough to be invited to spend the day with ESPN as the Monday Night Football train came rolling into Philadelphia this week. Throughout the day, we'll take a look at one of the largest traveling shows in sports for the biggest program in cable television history (well, the cast of High School Musical was unavailable, so we're stuck with football). It's quite a production.

In part one, we looked at the personalities of Monday Night Football. Part two focused on the men calling the shots. In part three, as Playback often does, we looked at the game as called by the trio in the booth.

Part four is just an excerpt of my interview with producer Jay Rothman, talking about the changes over the last three years to Monday Night Football and how, much like the League itself, the television coverage of the League is full of copy-cats.

A few notes about the video. Last week, Dan Steinberg put up a video of Reggie Miller that he said had a "Blair Witch feel here." Well, if his was Blair Witch, this is a couple of film students who saw Blair Witch and tried to recreate it in the smattering of trees behind their backyard fence. And, in this case, I was the only student.

In my defense, most of the video was taken with one hand while snapping stills with the other. But it's worth it just to see Emmitt Smith as a spokesman for "Iced Tea." That smile alone could sell a billion Snapples.

This event was in conjunction with the 100th episode of On the DL. You can listen to interviews with Tony and Jaws, the full Rothman interview and today's installment -- an interview with Suzy Kolber. On Monday, we'll feature an interview with play-by-play man Mike Tirico.

By Dan Levy  |  December 19, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  | Category:  MNF Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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