Week in review

MNF analyst Jon Gruden, former Oakland Raiders head coach, returned to the famed ‘Black Hole’ Monday and received a hero’s welcome. (Jim Carr/ESPN)

The Williamsport, Pa. portion of the Little League World Series has begun and is presented on various ESPN platforms. ESPN, ABC and ESPN2 will combine to present all 32 games of the summer classic through the championship game on ABC Aug. 26.

Baseball Tonight host and SportsCenter anchor Karl Ravech, who considers calling the Little League World Series one of his dream assignments, told Front Row about that and more in a Front & Center podcast.

In the video below, Chris McKendry and Kyle Peterson recap Friday’s wild Canada-Mexico matchup.

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•Thursday, on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike In The Morning co-host Mike Golic, one of Notre Dame’s proudest alums, got fired up about some comments made by ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine columnist Rick Reilly regarding Notre Dame’s football program. Read more about the debate here.

MNF analyst Jon Gruden (lead photo), who coached the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2001, returned to the Oakland Coliseum on Monday to call a preseason game against the Cowboys. Before the game, he told Front Row his feelings about his return.

•This week, original anchor George Grande and ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen reunited in the very studio where the first episode of SportsCenter aired to look ahead to another milestone: SportsCenter’s 50,000 episode, which will air next month. Watch the video here.

•Songwriters Andy Dodd and Adam Watts wrote Summer Forever, an original song that leads into ESPN’s coverage of the 2012 Little League World Series (LLWS) in Williamsport, Pa. beginning Thursday.

The theme song seems to fit perfectly.

•ESPN’s new MNF campaign, ‘It All Comes Down to Monday Night’ debuted this week. This year’s campaign features football stars including Patriot Rob Gronkowski, New York Jet Darrelle Revis and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.