What’s Up With MNF?

Oh, I know what’s up.  Hank Williams Jr. made an insane sounding statement on a political talk show, so, now ESPN can’t run his song at the beginning of Monday Night Football anymore.  I want us all to consider how silly this sounds before I continue.


I think ESPN’s statement is kind of funny:

“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

That was how they handled it initially.  I’m confused as to why they needed to pull it from one broadcast just to see what would happen.  MNF has needed a real makeover for years.  However, this is not the reason to give it one.

Then, Hank Williams Jr. made his own statement after he got the boot from ESPN:

“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision.  By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”

Now they both sound insane.  Good job people.  Oh, and then ESPN said:

“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr.  We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”

While that’s true, why do we think Hank Williams Jr. was asked to do that song for the opening of the show?  Oh yeah, because it’s cool and it draws in viewers.  When NBC did Sunday Night Football and Faith Hill was doing a song wearing next to nothing, that was for a reason.

ESPN should’ve taken the press and moved on.  Now, no one affiliated with the network is going to speak their mind again.  Or, will they?


  1. http://Dave says

    ESPN was the only honorable subject in this fiasco. They did virtually the same thing in 2002 when they fired Rush Limbaugh for a derogatory statement against Donovan McNabb. At least they were consistent.

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