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Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:43 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 9:43 pm
 
Hank Williams Jr. is out and for this week, Barry Sanders is in. (AP/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Thursday, ESPN fired Hank Williams Jr. as the guy who sings the Monday Night Football intro. And this Monday, for the first time since 1989, someone else will rhetorically ask us if "We're ready for some football."

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson went through the painstaking effort of listing 10 acts who might replace Williams, although it appears that ESPN will be going in a different, less musical direction, at least for the rest of the 2011 season.

Minutes before Monday night's Bears-Lions game, former Lions great and Hall of Famer Barry Sanders will narrate the introduction.

Sanders spilled the beans on Twitter Thursday. As for future MNF games, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said that "This is the format we'll likely use the remainder of the season. We haven't made any decisions beyond that."

As long-suffering Lions fan and PFT.com contributor Michael David Smith wrote earlier Friday, "Regardless of what you think of Williams’ comments and ESPN’s response to those comments, we can all agree on this: There’s no one better than Barry Sanders to welcome America to football in Detroit."


The Detroit Lions haven't hosted a Monday night game in a decade. Will their return to Monday night end in a victory over the Bears? NFL.com's Pat Kirwan joins Jason Horowitz to preview this NFC North showdown.

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:00 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

OOOOO...that'll show them......Millions of viewers and they'll care that your not watching.....I doubt it. Just turn on the TV 5 minutes later stupid.



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:16 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

The Best Running Back of all time....Barry Sanders! I like! No one more thrilling than the Real Sanders....



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:04 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

I think the intro should be girls jumping on trampolines like on the Man Show.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:33 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

LOL! Too funny..."first amendment rights were trampled"...Hank WAS free to say WHATEVER he wanted...just as ESPN is FREE to throw some consequences his way when what he said didn't jive with them. 

Your First Amendment right is just that...a right...but no were does it state that you are free of consequences saying what you want. If Jimmy the Greek would have never been fired from CBS and Rush Limbaugh would still be employed by ESPN and so on.

BTW, if "we all collectively stayed home from work for just one week" would maybe have had some steam about 3-4 years ago...have you seen the unemployment rates? Not to mention some states not paying unemployment to those that have been on it for a loooooong time.




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:30 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

LOL! Too funny..."first amendment rights were trampled"...Hank WAS free to say WHATEVER he wanted...just as ESPN is FREE to throw some consequences his way when what he said didn't jive with them. 

Your First Amendment right is just that...a right...but no were does it state that you are free of consequences saying what you want. If Jimmy the Greek would have never been fired from CBS and Rush Limbaugh would still be employed by ESPN and so on.

BTW, if "we all collectively stayed home from work for just one week" would maybe have had some steam about 3-4 years ago...have you seen the unemployment rates? Not to mention some states not paying unemployment to those that have been on it for a loooooong time.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:28 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

LOL! Too funny..."first amendment rights were trampled"...Hank WAS free to say WHATEVER he wanted...just as ESPN is FREE to throw some consequences his way when what he said didn't jive with them. 

Your First Amendment right is just that...a right...but no were does it state that you are free of consequences saying what you want. If Jimmy the Greek would have never been fired from CBS and Rush Limbaugh would still be employed by ESPN and so on.

BTW, if "we all collectively stayed home from work for just one week" would maybe have had some steam about 3-4 years ago...have you seen the unemployment rates? Not to mention some states not paying unemployment to those that have been on it for a loooooong time.



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:19 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Big mistake ESPN.  My whole neighborhood will no longer be watching.  Too bad to because Gruden saved this show.



Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:03 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Viva the Revolution!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If Pro Fans (football addicts like me), could control our impulses, forego FB and watch golf or something for a few weeks, NOT buy cable or Fan T-Shirts, the NFL just MIGHT get the message!!!!  (I'm a rabid football fan so I'm not limited to just pros - LUVS college as well).  That people can't watch Monday Night Football because the NFL has sold their audience to cable infuriates me as much as the first time a pro team didn't sell out their home game and blacked out coverage to locals.   Pah!!!!  One of the first times the NFL flexed their muscles with regards to beating the general public out of $'s.......  just like the politicians. 


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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:02 am
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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:01 am
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