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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
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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: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Im not sure why you called me out, I forgot an N in Name.  I agree that Barry is a class act and I respect the fact that he walked away when it became clear the organization was never going to put him in a position to win.  I also agree that the Lions seem to have gotten things together and that scares me as a Bear fan.  



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

I think using Barry Sanders for the intro to MNF is a great idea.  They should continue to use past great players of teams playing on MNF for the introduction.  Most people under the age of 35 probably don't even know who Barry Sanders is.  This is a great way to educate the younger fanbase of how football has changed from years past.  Good move ESPN as was the firing of Hank Williams.  What you say can cost you your job.  As for people crying about freedom of speech go to work tommorrow and cuss out your boss and see how freedom of speech works for you.  Bet you'll be right with Hank in the unemployment line.Cool 



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Good ridance


So I can hear it now...Barry Sanders with a RAP intro: " Are you ready for retirement?"  All my assisted living friends are getting rowdy tonight! 



Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

I agree Hank has his freedom of speech that is why he isn't arrested you idiots.  But theoretically more than half the united states likes Obama that is why he won the election and is our president.  So if ESPN has more than half their fans supporting Obama, then they can't afford to support what he is saying.  Hank has his freedom of speech YES this is America, THEREFORE ESPN has it's right/freedom to move on from Hank Williams and his ignorant comments.  Obama is nothing like Hitler, never has been, and never will be.  Not only SHOULD they fire him for his comments being wrong, but they should also have gotten rid of him due to him being ignorant about it.

GO BEARS!


RIP AL



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

I am going to stop reading cbs sports, it seems like dumb ass hillbilly racist pricks always leave dumb a** comments.  Stay uneducated and stop procreating with your own family you inbreeds!



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

ESPN Should use Barry Sotero (aka Obama), after all Hank Williams Jr. is yet another American to lose his job because of Obama.



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

 He has the right of freedom of speach but ESPN has the right to fire a guy that does not fit into their moral plans! You just don't talk about certain things in the media,and Hank crossed the line. Personally I do not have a problem with what he said(I do not like Obama but he is not close to Hitler), but if I was a big time network I would run as fast as I can.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

REST IN PEACE AL DAVIS.........JUST WIN BABY....



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

NAME FOUR OTHER DETROIT PLAYERS WHO DESERVE TO BE ON MNF...............SILENCE ENOUGH SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!  BARRY IS THE MAN ALWAYS WILL BE, ONE OF THE GREATEST AND I DO MEAN ONE OF THE GREATEST RUNNING BACKS IN NFL HISTORY...........



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

You can hate all you want on the Lion's Franchise but you should review your statements (for spelling and grammer) before posting them.  Not really sure what the first line of RonnieB2331's blog was meant to mean, "ame the Lions who should be on the list before Barry Sanders"Yell, but whatever.  We all know that the Lions have made some poor decisions (GM's, head coaches, etc.) in the past but I do believe they have learned from these mistakes and have made the appropriate changes to get this franchise moving in the right direction again.

Many, as do I, believe that Barry was the best running back to ever carry the rock and wish he would have played longer.  However, I respect the decision he made to move on with his life and retire when he did.  There were multiple reasons for his decision back then.

As far as MNF, I think it will be great to see old Barry on the big screen again.  Barry is a class-act and always will be and so are the Lions.  Let's go DETROIT!  Honolulu Blue and Silver all the way!  Can't wait for Monday night!Smile



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