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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: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:27 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

What the f are you talking about.  First off, Hank Williams is one of the rich people you are talking about.  He was under contract to make tons of money from ESPN and likely never had to do real work a day in his life.  So, if you are out to get the rich people then you should be including old Hank.

Second, please read the First Ammendment when you have time.  You and Hank have the right to Freedom of Speech, but corporations have the right to hire or fire people as they see fit.  Tiger Woods was fired over and over again for his extra marital affairs.  That isn't illegal activity, but he could still be fired for it.  Heck, the NFL has a strict code of conduct that gets people suspended and fired all the time.

Third, you want to have a socialist revolution to fix the problems with our rights being taken?  Yeah, that'll work.
    



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:24 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Spoken like the true D-bag you are. What a coward you are.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:12 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

I can tell you that all republicans and democrats in managerial positions I have spoken to about this so far would have fired him in this situation. 

 The goal of any corporation is to make money... that's it.  Hank Williams alienated part of their customer base... bad move if you want to keep getting paid.  Freedom of Speech has nothing to do with it.  No one stopped him from saying what he said.  He was fine.  



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:06 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Is it me or does Hank Williams look really gay in that photo. Say it ain't so.....



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:04 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

maybe one of your fat rich republican candidates can do it. I mean sarah palin riding around the country in her fancy bus, nfl city to city wth rick perry the racist, herman cain the pizza boy and that fat ass from new jersey all singing are you ready for some football and hey wait dont forget we're rich so we are better then you so vote for us



Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:02 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

debop, u might wanna do some research yourself.  not only did sanders want to be traded, the lions refused and forced his retirement just like the bengals did palmer.  then he tried to come back and they said notso fast, we still own your contract, you wont play for any team but us



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:59 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Who ever is dissin' Barry, don't know Barry.  Get your facts straight.  I think it's great that Barry is doing the intro, and MNF should have a hometown hero intro every MNF game.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:41 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

i think it should be obama , reid and pelosi and other members of congress shreading the constitution
and espn / cbs / abc  executives applauding .

Are you ready for some ...... 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:08 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Probably the dumbest thread I've ever read dolfandave.  Barry Sanders was as selfless as any star in sports; rather than go to a different team where he would have been probably the highest paid athlete of that era, he chose to retire a LION.  Do some research before you spew your ignorance.  Go figure, these are the guys CBS has at the top 1000, I guess trash in trash out.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:06 am
 

Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. on MNF

Personally, I don't really care who they replace him with but isn't it funny how so many of these Lions fans seem to have a short memory.  Unless I'm remembering some crazy alternate dimmension, Mr. Sanders personified the definition of the word "Greed" when he quit in his prime to do -well nothing as far as I know!  He wanted a ton of money (or to play for another team) and the Lions either wouldn't or couldn't pay him.  I remember thinking at the time that surely they would work something out.  After all, Sanders basically was the Lions like Payton was the Bears.  Looking back, it sure looks like Sander's greed started the Lions down the road to being the worst team in sports for about 10 years.  If I was a Lions fan, I think I'd find it a little harder to "forgive and forget". 



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