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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: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:25 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

was there   ANY english in that? what in the hell did you just say?



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:21 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Take your political agenda and hate somewhere else. Yes, you can say anything you want but also have to face the repocusions when you say stupid things. It's called life....look into it.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:20 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

HOW ABOUT FOX GETS RID OFTHOSE STUPIOD MECHANICAL ROBTOS WHLE THEY'RE AT IT?? WHATA JOKE, THOSE ROBOTS HAVE BEEB AROUND FOR LIKE 12 YEARS - SO BORING, SO 90S!! PLEEEEEASEEEEE.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:55 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

KID ROCK!!!

he's our hometown hero!




Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:53 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

obviously it should be

KID ROCK!!




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:50 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

then he tried to come back and they said not so fast


Barry Sanders never tried to nor wanted to return to football the media wanted him to return to a different team, he was one of the few athletes that actually meant he was done.  Don't thrust Barry in with the modern day athletes, he was a different breed; some minds can't comprehend that, just like they couldn't comprehend him never ever showboating; just give the ball to the ref and keep playing was definitly hard to comprehend for the hypocritical sterotypers out there.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:49 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

While you are technically correct he did not state Obama is Hitler you can infer it from his follow up comments.  The next 7 sentences trying to explain the analogy.  You don't need to be a genius.  In essence, Williams has the right to free speech, but he doesn't have the right to embarrass and harm his employer.  He got fired not imprisoned!  He was a spokesman for MNF and when that spokesman speaks something downright stupid and highly inappropriate and inflammatory than guess what... he violated his contract and deserves to be fired.  Discussion over and done with.

The onus is on him.  He knew full well what he was getting into when he was going on to Fox and Friends.   Why else would they want him on it except to express some anti-Obama view.  He made two specific errors.  He decided to go into a potentially inflammatory arena and secondly he decided to pour gasoline on this annoying and highly ignorant rhetoric.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:41 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Marching bands? Seriously?

How can you have marching bands when schools barely support them? Soon you won't have football because they don't support that either!

While we're at it Faith Hill is also so over on Sunday night football.

You really need someone new every week.
 
On Sunday night it's Joan Jett's song they twisted so why has she never done it? Not even when they are in Baltimore! Shame on you NBC!

I'll take Pink over Faith anyday! She's a much better singer!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:41 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

So that post seems to state that Hitler is okay in your book!  It's a pretty low bar you set when you are trying to defend Hitler and providing excuses as not being the most ruthless person ever.

THis is a topic that you should probably keep your loose mouth shut.  Ignorance is not bliss.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:35 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Barry Sanders is one of the greatest RB's of all time!  As for the prople who say they won't watch MNF anymore; who cares?  Go back to eating your grits and catfish on monday nights; to even make a comment like that shows a need for attention.


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