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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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Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2011 8:39 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Hey MNF should go with Oprah in the introduction! I mean, that seems to be the route they are headed. Soft, sensitive, emotional and caring. Heaven forbid there be any raw statements. Maybe some guest slots with Dr Phil to really get us pumped up before the game? Though HW's comment was  off center, the network over-reacted based on their own politcal slant. Put your big boy pants on and tighten your belt a little MNF execs. You should have spoken with HW, slapped his fingers, and issued a joint statement. This entire era of "politcal correctness" is turning everyone into a bunch of "nanny-nanny-boo-boo whimps" and will ultimately be our societies undoing. I can't say I'll never watch MNF, but I now have more reasons not to. Just remember, your audience is a bunch of big boys who- maybe you should be too.




Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 6:44 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Pretty F_ _ _ed up that after 22 years of being a staple of Monday Night Football that the ESPN/ABC execs are nothing but pussys that cant let someone have an opinion.Just Lost me for MNF.Too f_ _ _ ng sensitive we are.Grow some balls and be like a duck!



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:43 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Don't blame Barry, good jobs are few and far between.
Let's face it, Hank was on a FOX news program and probabaly
encouraged to show his hate. He has only himself to blame.
I understand his comparison wasn't intended to be vicious
but he said other things that were!



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:39 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Come on people...Freedom of speech does not allow you to say anything you want, it protects you from the government telling you what you can and can't say.  A private business can choose to fire anyone for saying anything they deem damaging to their business.  It seems that if you are really upset, just don't watch...take a civics class instead.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:13 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

This is just plain stupid!  The Mothership has lost its mind once again. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:31 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Isn't a threat free environment threatening in and of itself?



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:22 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

PATfinder hit the nail on the head.  We DO NOT have freedom of speech in America.  We don't.  At my company, the preach "Threat Free Environment" but to tell you truth, all average workers are deathly afraid to say their mind, even if they are correct.  I do not believe ESPN did the right thing in firing Hank and as much as I HATE  the SUE SUE SUE mentality of the good old USA, I hope Hank sues their pants off.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:00 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Whats likeable about an obnoxious overbearing windbag?



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

He didn't compare our President to Hitler, he compared our President golfing with Speaker of the House Boehner to Hitler golfing with Netenyahu. See, our President's a Democrat, and Boehner's a Republican. So Hank was basically saying two of the main politicians from separate parties of our two party system is similar to the head of the Nazi state, Hitler, golfing with the head of the Jewish state, Netenyahu...

He could have probably done better, but to be fired for it is ridiculous. That's one of the major problems in America today, we have freedom of speech but there's consequences and repercussions for using it, depending on what side of the comment you're on. Isn't that right Westboro Baptist Church?




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

fergusthedude, let me get this straight.... Its Obama's fault that Hank Williams Jr lost his job??? Keeping politics, economy, etc out of this but that might be the dumbest thing I have read on here in a while.... Like him or not, but Williams Jr chose to compare OUR president to Hitler...  First of all thats a ridiculous comparison but its his right to make it... Just as its ESPN/ABC's right to want to seperate themselves from him.... 

Change your name to fergustheidiot... Seems to fit better....


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