John Raoux, AP
For this week, ESPN has revealed, the slot will belong to former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, Motor City soul singer Jimmy Scott and the Selected of God gospel choir.
According to CMT, Sanders will preface the Lions' game against the Chicago Bears by narrating a performance that will include Scott and Selected of God collaborating on 'Aint No Love in the Hart of the City,' a '70s soul hit for Bobby "Blue" Bland.
No word yet on who might open subsequent 'Monday Night Football' telecasts, but an ESPN rep told the Detroit Free Press that Barry and company will not become regulars.
"The spot will look different every week," the rep said.