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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: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

REALLY?   Gruden forgot more football than you will ever know.  MNF crew not bad at all....much better than the Miller experiment.  AWFUL!!
Can get better than Howard and Dandy Don but the crew now is pretty good.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

"Barry quit on Detroit in the prime of his career because he couldn't handle the losing. Real men deal with the circumstances of their situation and try to make it work -- not demand trades or quit. Why bring him back, unless it's to rub the Lions fans patience in his face? Remember dude quit on this team after getting a contract extension and tried to keep the bonus money. He's still bitter, even if he says he's not. If I was Barry, I'd stay far away from this feel-good Lions story. He shouldn't be welcome."

While this is true, I'm pretty sure at least 99% of Detroit fans still hold Barry in high regards. I know I do.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Wait until America sees Barry's song and dance routine. Simon Cowell will be howling!



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:57 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Could you all imagine Barry Sanders on this Detroit team? 
I like to imagine Barry Sanders on a lot of teams, including my own.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:55 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

I'm glad they're moving on from Hank Williams Jr. That dragged on for way too many years.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:38 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

"No one better than Barry to welcome AMerica to football in Detroit?"

Barry quit on Detroit in the prime of his career because he couldn't handle the losing. Real men deal with the circumstances of their situation and try to make it work -- not demand trades or quit. Why bring him back, unless it's to rub the Lions fans patience in his face? Remember dude quit on this team after getting a contract extension and tried to keep the bonus money. He's still bitter, even if he says he's not. If I was Barry, I'd stay far away from this feel-good Lions story. He shouldn't be welcome.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:29 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Could you all imagine Barry Sanders on this Detroit team? 



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:28 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

i am not an obama fan at all, but keep politics out of sports. Hitler give me a break



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:26 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Barry, is the best ever. good post. after a td would hand the ball to the ref. he had so much class. get it T.O.

but Barry please talk your son out of going to Alabama. I have seen films of Barry jr. He is a beast at running back 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:52 am
 

Fire jaws and Gruden next

Maybe they'll get rid of the worst MNF announcers ever next.  Gruden was a great coach but sucks, that right SUCKS, as an announcer.  Tirico is OK, but "Jaws" is a complete idiot.  Every time he speaks I think I lose IQ points, and brain cells.
Leave Tirico but 86 the other two d'bags.  If I didn't like fooball so much I'd turn the channel just so I didn't have to listen to those imbeciles anymore.


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