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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: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:28 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

No one is arresting HWJ for what he said.  Freedom of speech, yes, but like everything there are consequences.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:24 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

a little info    stalin killed way more people than hitler  just his own so apparently its not as big a deal since they werent jewish

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:21 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

faith hil   hahahahaha 

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:21 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

All football fans tune in to watch the game, not the intro.  On any given Tuesday morning has there ever been a football fan heard saying "wow" wnat an intro to the game last night?" "that was one rowdy performance by Hank and his rowdy friends!"

You wanna spice up the intro to draw more attention to it? Good, then hire Charlie Sheen to do it. After all, isn't football all about "WINNING"?


Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:17 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

YellO.K. YOU COMMIE JERK,Freedom of speech and press means you can say or write anything you want that's why thousands of people who die for this country gives you the right to do so.the president isn't GOD.though in thinks he is.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:09 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Not getting into this whole Williams comment, but just wanted to say that I'm excited to see Barry do the introduction.  IMO the best RB I've watched (since 1978) and maybe the best ever period.  Great personality and individual as well.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:46 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

VERY WELL SAID!  Except for the halftime show... I enjoyed U2...

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:44 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Good for Barry Sanders, and good for the Detroit Lions.  This is perhaps the best team that Detroit has put together since I can remember, so why not have their best player ever introduce the game in Detroit.  Of course as a Bears fan I'd love to see Detroit lose, but that's a different story.  I hope ESPN continues with hometown heroes introducing games.  I am a football fan, I want to see football people bring the game in, and could care less about some idiotic country music singer.

As for Hank Williams, he got what he had coming to him.  ESPN has a history of getting rid of employees who make inflammatory or defaming remarks or even just stupid conduct.  Ask Sean Salisbury, Jalen Rose, Jay Mariotti or Ron Franklin to name a few.  Yes, you are entitled to your free speech, but that doesn't mean you are exempt from the consequences of what you say.  Hank Williams can have all the free speech he wants.  It still doesn't stop him from sounding more and more like an idiot every time he opens his mouth. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:32 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Let's get something straight here. Hank did NOT call President Obama Hitler. His exact quote was "that would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu" referring to the game of golf with Senator Boehner and the President.  He didn't call anybody Hitler.  He was stating his OPINION on two purportedly bitter political rivals, both worth a ton of money, enjoying a game together while more than half the country is trying to figure out if they'll have a job next week.  1) Don't take your political views from a country singer who's career is only around because of MNF. 2) To the media: STOP MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING! Every network did this, not just ESPN.  Why was FOX "News" asking his opinion about this anyway?  Who is Hank Williams on the political landscape?  3) Who's to say he wasn't referring to Boehner as Hitler? Most people with a brain wouldn't figure he was calling the senator the worst person in the world ever, so why do people automatically assume he was calling the President the biggest mass murderer ever? 4) The song is waaaaayyyyyy over. Are you really going to miss it? Do you really need someone to sing, for 22 years, "are you ready for some football?" They should have changed the intro 20 years ago. It adds nothing to the telecast in my opinion. But network execs aren't always bright. It took 2 years for them to figure out Dennis Miller wasn't exactly the best choice for the general viewing public of Monday Night Football.  REALLY?!?!?! 2 YEARS?!?!?! Here's an idea, how about we all watch football for the GAME!!!  While we're at it, get rid of the stupid intros and 20 minute half-time shows at the Super Bowl where "performers" get to display their "talents".  Waste.  Go back to marching bands, 10 minute half-time like the regular season, and PLAY SOME FOOTBALL!

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:29 am

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

ESPN are smart.  Faith Hill is maybe 1000 times better.  For people under 40, Hank Williams has no draw.  He had to go one way or another soon.

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