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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."'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 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?'s Pat Kirwan joins Jason Horowitz to preview this NFC North showdown.

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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:10 pm

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Created that type of success for MNF? I thought it was the NFL that did that. Sure, his little songy was catchy, but the song lasted what, a minute? The NFL was on for 3+ hours. I dont think I'm going to miss that song one bit, and I'm definitely not going to miss the game. Looking forward to the Lions putting on a show.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:09 pm

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

MNF needs no introduction.  I can't fathom what BS (yeah, that's a play on words) brings to the table.  I don't need him, Hank, or Celine Dion to sell me football.  I don't wait until 8:00pm so I can listen to a rowdy country singer to sell me what I'm going to watch regardless.  What I keep asking myself is this:  Does four letter network really pay marketing people to come up with ideas?  Are they on salary or does it get subbed out?  Do six-figured exec's sit at a conference table and say "Let's get Kenny Rogers or Bon Jovi".  No ad, email, text, or twitter is going to change how we watch football.  Stop trying to be the smartest dude in the room. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:57 pm

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

ESPN has turned into one of the worst networks in history. Its run by MORONS!  Hank Williams thing wasn't a big deal and they only made it worse.   DUMB!  It's a friggin theme song that's been around for 22 years. How about showing some support for the guy who created that type of success for MNF?  ESPN = IDIOTS!

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