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Barry Sanders replaces Hank Williams Jr. for a week

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With Hank Williams Jr. no longer asking you if you are ready for some football, ESPN has lined up a Hall of Famer to introduce Monday Night Football next week.

Monday Night Football is in Detroit for the first time in a decade, so Lions great Barry Sanders will do the honors before the Lions’ game against the Bears.

After removing Williams from his traditional “Are You Ready for Some Football?” role because he called President Obama “the enemy” and compared him to Adolf Hitler, ESPN has decided to have a different celebrity introduce the game each week. Sanders is first up.

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.

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  1. tayloner says: Oct 7, 2011 6:13 PM

    Wow. That’s solid. A MNF intro setup like this is worlds beyond what old Hank’s was.

  2. kujonicus says: Oct 7, 2011 6:14 PM

    I’m fairly certain that Hank Williams Jr. referred to the SITUATION in question as analogous to Hitler playing golf with the Prime Minister of Israel. It’s not that Obama is “Hitler”…that’s the part that no one seems to realize. It was an analogy, not a political statement.

  3. saudishot says: Oct 7, 2011 6:15 PM

    Would you guys stop saying that? He didn’t compare Obama to Hitler he compared his meeting with a meeting involving Hitler. It wasn’t a direct comparison.

  4. seneca1ss says: Oct 7, 2011 6:16 PM

    Oh Boy……that’ll really make the racists happy

  5. nineroutsider says: Oct 7, 2011 6:16 PM

    I hummed that song everyday walking home from school on Monday afternoons, so no matter what that guy said, it sucks to see it go over something so dumb.

    Hopefully their new intros don’t suck, like NBC’s intro. Thank god for the DVR, sorry Flo but I blast thru your segment as well. The last time I wrote this, my comment mysteriously vanished…

  6. brownsfn says: Oct 7, 2011 6:18 PM

    If Obamam was whit and he would have said the same thing we wouldn’t have heard anything about this…just sayin…

  7. KeepitReal says: Oct 7, 2011 6:18 PM

    Obama was responsible for the stock market crash, near collapse of the auto, real estate, bank and financial services industries which without government intervention would led to their bankruptcy and have caused a depression in this country and the world. This president was also responsible for the invasion of Iraq looking for non existent WMD. You tell’em the truth Hank. I can see why you’re not a fan! lol

    If he thinks Obama and the Democrats are the enemy, I guess he must believe that Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Al Qaeda are his friends. “shrugs”

  8. trbowman says: Oct 7, 2011 6:19 PM

    Who outside of ESPN cares about this story?

  9. trbowman says: Oct 7, 2011 6:20 PM

    If HWJ was going to compare anybody to Hitler, it should’ve been ESPN!

  10. castleofcheese says: Oct 7, 2011 6:21 PM

    Hank Jr. is obviously a red neck turd, but I’m still really going to miss that song.

  11. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Oct 7, 2011 6:21 PM

    After the way the Lions treated Barry, refusing to upgrade the team around him, I’m amazed that Sanders would want to have anything at all to do with the team. ESPN must be cutting him a huge check.

  12. b1unt3d says: Oct 7, 2011 6:21 PM

    Good riddance, you hillbilly F#$%

  13. stampnhawk says: Oct 7, 2011 6:24 PM

    This I have to see…the quiet and recluse Barry Sanders singing “All my Rowdy Friends” on national TV.

  14. vbe2 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:25 PM

    F ESPN. I’ll no longer support their network by watching. MNF Games are fairly lame anyway and I can always watch the game after the fact on NFL.COM… commercial free!

  15. mrcosio says: Oct 7, 2011 6:26 PM

    Hank Williams famous intro WOULD be discontinued a week before Detroit plays on MNF

  16. rdrs68 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:27 PM

    meanwhile Hank is filling out a job application over at pro wrasslin-he has already been turned down by NASCAR (something about the sponsors) and hopes to reconnect with his true fans.

  17. beastofeden says: Oct 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    Walt Disney had ties to the Nazi party. Disney owns ESPN so whats the big deal about Haystacks Callhoun Barry the enemy?

  18. Derty Ernie says: Oct 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    Well I got that one right I said I would bet ESPN would replace old Hank with a person of color.

  19. bunsmalloy says: Oct 7, 2011 6:32 PM

    Why do you guys keep saying he compared him to Hitler? That’s clearly not what he said at all. I could really give a crap about Hank Jr, but PFTis turning into a borderline tabloid, with making a big deal out of stupid stuff, and all this “he said/he said” crap. Why don’t we cut the drama guys, and go back to being the best source for football news. Thanks in advance.

  20. grandpoopah says: Oct 7, 2011 6:36 PM

    I’d much rather have an intro of Ndamakong body slamming that talentless redneck buffoon, a la Terry Tate, Office Linebacker.

  21. stull60060 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:38 PM

    As usual the main stream media is incorrect in their reporting. Hank Williams did not compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler. The media these days do not report the news, they make the news. If you bothered to listen to the full interview of Hank Williams or read the transcript of the interview you would realize that he was making an analogy not a comparison. There is a big difference. As far as I’m concerned Stalin would of been a better analogy.

  22. chocolatebaconbutter says: Oct 7, 2011 6:39 PM

    This is a great idea. Good to start with one of the most likeable guys in NFL history.

  23. pettergriffen says: Oct 7, 2011 6:40 PM

    I was sick of that old sack anyways was wondering why he still did it…

    that opening was stale.

  24. jeffrey723 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:52 PM

    Idiots like “KeepitReal” who reduce politics to a simpleton’s “us versus them” game; who apparently vote with the analytical skills of a 5 year old are an embarrassment to democracy.

    On the upside, as a long time Lions fan, I’m delighted that Barry is coming back to Detroit for the game. He might not have been appreciated by the team in his heyday; hopefully Mayhew, Lewand, and Schwartz have had a better outreach.

    Gonna be a huge game!

  25. 2sloweggroll says: Oct 7, 2011 6:56 PM

    I only thing I care about is if Det will cover the 7 points they are laying in this game.

    I cant believe I have bet on Cin. and Det in back to back weeks. Maybe this is all Obamas fault.

    JK dont fire me from PFT

  26. cbass59 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:56 PM

    Good riddance to the one-hit-wonder. I was getting tired of the song anyway. And Hank is only famous b/c of his dad.

    It’s hilarious Hank said he quit. Then why did he beg for his job back all last week? Another redneck moron.

    And before anyone tried to start the “free speech” defense. The Constitution does not guarantee free speech with private companies, it guarantees the Gov’t cannot suppress free speech. Private companies are allowed to fired people for their comments. It happens all the time.

  27. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 6:58 PM

    Is Barry gonna sing?

  28. squared80 says: Oct 7, 2011 7:01 PM

    It doesn’t matter that he didn’t compare him directly to Hitler. People, answer this one simple question: When has ANYBODY in the spotlight made a reference to Adolf Hitler that didn’t end in revocation or public outcry. Seriously. I’m not offended by it personally, but Hank should be fired for his sheer ignorance and stupidity in even bringing it up. Moron.

  29. axespray says: Oct 7, 2011 7:04 PM

    So is it like a Team’s signature Player/Legend from the past that’ll introduce their team for MNF each week or is this just a one time deal?

  30. thepowerofgreen says: Oct 7, 2011 7:07 PM

    DP said Barry didn’t have rhythm

  31. asublimeday says: Oct 7, 2011 7:09 PM

    People are usually welcome to detroit by being promptly mugged and stabbed, so this will be a welcome change of pace.

  32. pftstory says: Oct 7, 2011 7:15 PM

    Does anyone really tune into MNF “in time” to make sure they hear that song? So I second the notion, “what’s the big deal that he it is gone?” I do avoid that silly Faith Hill joke on Sunday.

    But I also second the notion it was not a comparison to Hitler. One might be able to claim the bigoted ones are those who decided that if he compared either to Hitler it as Obama. Why do those who are complaining decide if either were compared to Hitler it was Obama?

  33. christopher525 says: Oct 7, 2011 7:16 PM

    He NEVER compared the president to Hitler, damn people. Also, he didn’t say Obama was an enemy to this country, he said he wad SUPPOSED to be Boehner’s enemy. Look at what went on all summer between the Pres, VP, and Boehner, sparring the entire time (as if they were mortal enemies), he simply said seeing these people playing golf and having a good time makes as much sense as seeing Hitler and Netanyahu enjoying each other’s company. Take an english class, damn.

  34. nineroutsider says: Oct 7, 2011 7:17 PM

    I read his comments a few times, and while he didn’t compare Obama to Hitler, his analogy is ridiculous to say the least. Same could be said of some of Clooney’s comments too though. ‘Bocephus’ called Obama the enemy, which in the context of partisan politics, isn’t really that bad either. It is a shame that our political environment is so partisan, but no one wants to hear my political analysis on a football site.

    At any rate, I don’t think you can write it was a comparison to Hitler in good faith. An analogy by definition is a comparison, but he was comparing what them playing golf together is like…like Hitler playing with Anne Frank or Churchhill or FDR…just to offer a better analogies than Bocephus’ tiny brain could muster. At least stay in the same century…that was the most offensive aspect of his comments to me.

  35. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    “There’s no one better than Barry Sanders to welcome America to football in Detroit.”

    Disagree. Was hoping for a pantless Joe Cullen.

  36. wtfchiefs says: Oct 7, 2011 7:21 PM

    They should focus the camera on his feet during the intro like they used to do back in the day when he was playing

  37. lance19 says: Oct 7, 2011 7:22 PM

    kujonicus, saudishot, bunsmalloy, etc.,

    Look, I don’t know if you guys are simply
    ignorant, or are being intentionally dishonest,
    but please stop posting this false nonsense
    about poor Hank being misrepresented.
    WATCH THE FREAKIN’ CLIP!!
    READ THE FREAKIN’ TRANSCRIPT!!

    The little Fox ‘n Friends team was clearly
    a little uncomfortable with Hank’s comments,
    so this exchange occurred:
    (these are direct QUOTES!)

    Gretchen pointed out that Williams
    “…used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the President”

    Williams responded:
    “Well that’s true. That IS true.
    But I’m telling you like it is.”

    It’s cut and dried! Stop pretending he was
    misrepresented. He said what he meant,
    and–given a chance to backtrack–
    reaffirmed that that’s EXACTLY what he meant.

  38. swagjag says: Oct 7, 2011 7:24 PM

    They should have Barry smack the crap out of a Wayne Fontes pinata.

  39. devrick says: Oct 7, 2011 7:28 PM

    Somebody, PLEASE get Faith Hill to say something stupid!

  40. getweird4u says: Oct 7, 2011 7:30 PM

    EVERYONE takes themselves and everybody else way too serious these days,not that i’ll miss that stupid song.

  41. gguffey says: Oct 7, 2011 7:32 PM

    Ok, bring back the constitution!

  42. yajas says: Oct 7, 2011 7:34 PM

    kujonicus says: “It’s not that Obama is ‘Hitler’…that’s the part that no one seems to realize. It was an analogy, not a political statement.”

    I agree that just making a comparison is not necessarily the same as saying one is as bad as the other. But it definitely was political. There’s no way in the world that it wasn’t political.

    Keep in mind he said this in the context of a wave of anti-Obama sentiment that is often based on insincere motives and almost anything but an honest, objective opinion of his actions as President. ESPN didn’t want any part of that crap and I’m glad.

    If he would have made an intelligent remark about something he disagreed with the President on, nobody would have cared. But spewing out the same old Hitler crap is old and most of this country is finally bouncing back a bit and saying, ‘Wait a minute, I can disagree with the the President without being a total loon about it.’

  43. lance19 says: Oct 7, 2011 7:35 PM

    pftstory, squared80, christopher525,
    nineroutsider, etc., how do YOU guys square your insistence that Williams didn’t compare
    Obama to Hitler, with the actual interview?

    Gretchen pointed out that Williams
    “…used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the President”

    Williams responded:
    “Well that’s true. That IS true.
    But I’m telling you like it is.”

  44. mlmeier says: Oct 7, 2011 7:41 PM

    Dictionary.com states:
    analogy: (n) a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based.

    Just wanted to clarify that for everyone who’s been misguidedly asserting that an analogy is NOT a comparison. If you support what he said, that’s fine; but you should say that rather than try to split hairs about what he said and how it has been reported — we all know the disparity between the two is essentially negligible.

  45. maddenguru says: Oct 7, 2011 7:41 PM

    Lance19 I concur

  46. beeroncos says: Oct 7, 2011 7:43 PM

    I really disliked that song; almost as much as I dislike Disney-ESPN. Admittedly, they did a great job on football prior to swapping with NBC.

  47. turdfurguson2 says: Oct 7, 2011 7:47 PM

    Barry Sanders… Might as well have Hitler do it.

  48. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 7, 2011 7:54 PM

    “kujonicus says: Oct 7, 2011 6:14 PM

    I’m fairly certain that Hank Williams Jr. referred to the SITUATION in question as analogous to Hitler playing golf with the Prime Minister of Israel. It’s not that Obama is “Hitler”…that’s the part that no one seems to realize. It was an analogy, not a political statement.”

    All you rednecks want to split hairs on the Hitler statement. Who cares. He said that the President of the United States of America IS THE ENEMY.
    Maybe Hank should wrap a towel around his head and go live in a cave in Afghanistan. He would fit right in there as they all think the president of the United States in the enemy too.
    Hopefully the next screen he appears on is at the Predator control center.

  49. nineroutsider says: Oct 7, 2011 7:55 PM

    @lance19

    Easily, he said that Obama and Bohner playing golf together is like Hitler playing with Netanyahu, referring the fact that 2 hated rivals shouldn’t be hanging out befriending each other. He never said Obama is Hitler, or that his policies are Hitler like, or that he reminds him a lot of Hitler.

    The entire tenor of the conversation didn’t concern Obama’s policies, but the fact that the 2 parties are becoming too friendly in his mind when they shouldn’t be because the Democrats, in his mind, are the enemy. Even when making this point, he didn’t say that like Hitler, Obama is the enemy.

    The purpose of the analogy was to point out how odd it was that they were befriending each other.

    You have to look at this objectively and not in the context of a tea party chain email of a year or two ago. He may have wanted to say Obama is Hitler, or you may have wanted him to say that, but he didn’t.

    Full disclosure: I am a Democrat who voted for Obama.

  50. nineroutsider says: Oct 7, 2011 7:57 PM

    mlmeier says: Oct 7, 2011 7:41 PM

    Dictionary.com states:
    analogy: (n) a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based.

    Just wanted to clarify that for everyone who’s been misguidedly asserting that an analogy is NOT a comparison. If you support what he said, that’s fine; but you should say that rather than try to split hairs about what he said and how it has been reported — we all know the disparity between the two is essentially negligible.
    ——————————————————-
    But the comparison was about them hanging out together, it wasn’t a comparison of Obama to Hitler no badly how bad you want it to be.

    We have to start looking at things objectively and not spin them to fit into our worldview.

  51. grogansneck says: Oct 7, 2011 7:57 PM

    I guess Wayne Fontes couldn’t carry a tune

  52. nineroutsider says: Oct 7, 2011 7:58 PM

    ‘no matter how badly’…i meant

  53. jimmylions says: Oct 7, 2011 8:04 PM

    Monday September 19, 1994 — the big Monday Night Football showdown, Barry vs Emmitt …

    The invincible Dallas Cowboys (the Super Bowl era Cowboys) against the lowly Detroit Lions.

    Barry 194 rushing
    Emmit 143 rushing

    Final Score – Lions 20 – Cowboys 17

    And in Dallas, they still talk like they won that game! Ha!

  54. coachsemanko says: Oct 7, 2011 8:04 PM

    For the umpteenth time, Hank Jr. did not call Obama Hitler. The truth is never told by the Mainstream Media, they always stretch the truth to turn poor Obama into the victim. Michael David Smith should report about football and put down the Left Wing Socialist Koolaid….
    It’s Poisonous!

  55. lance19 says: Oct 7, 2011 8:18 PM

    @nineroutsider

    I appreciate your attempt.

    IF Williams had not clearly reiterated
    his position, twice, in emphatic terms,
    I’d be entertaining the
    “it’s not really what he meant” theory.

    But he DID. When she said it sounded like
    he was ‘describing’ Obama, by referring
    to Hitler, he heartily agreed. Twice.
    Game over.

    It has nothing to do with anyone’s political party.

  56. lance19 says: Oct 7, 2011 8:23 PM

    @coachsemanko,

    Stop trying to blame the media for what
    Williams actually said.

    Just because he made an ass of himself
    (and re-affimed his position, later in the
    interview, as the video & transcript PROVES)
    does not advance your wacky
    “Left Wing Socialist Koolaid” fantasies.

    Hank hung HIMSELF with his big fat mouth.

  57. jimmylions says: Oct 7, 2011 8:24 PM

    And for all the Hank Williams Jr supporters …

    It’s really funny that your defense is that Hank was merely using an analogy where Obama is Hitler. He wasn’t comparing the President of the United States to Hitler (for wanting the wealthiest 1% to pay 1996 level income tax rates), because calling the President of the United States “Hitler” is obviously wrong. Randall-Hank was merely using an analogy where President of the United States is like Hitler playing golf. That’s obviously different and not offensive.

    As I recall — you Hank supporters are the same folks who ran the Dixie Chicks off the airwaves just for saying they didn’t like that President Bush was also from Texas. Remember all the names y’all called the Dixie Chicks? You even used words like “Treason.”

    Remember???? When a radio station plays a song by the Chicks, you still call up and complain, don’t you? But heck — that’s a lot worse than making an analogy where the President of the United States is like Hitler playing golf.

    We all know that in his 20s, Hank Jr. cracked his skull open and his friend’s son had to help hold Hank’s brain in place (because his brain was literally falling out of what was left of his head) — and even before that Hank Jr. was never been confused for a MENSA candidate, but the more you guys defend his stupidity, the more unintentionally hilarious you become.

  58. theytukrjobs says: Oct 7, 2011 8:26 PM

    Wow, this is like a WWII era German speaking against Hitler. Neat country.

    I don’t recall people losing their jobs for speaking out against presidents in the past.

    I disagree with what you say, but defend….

  59. getweird4u says: Oct 7, 2011 8:30 PM

    Isn’t anyone else stunned that the only hank williams without any musical talent knows who Benjamin Netenyahu is?

  60. lance19 says: Oct 7, 2011 8:37 PM

    @theytukrjobs

    Hank has every right to say whatever crap
    pops into his little brain.

    But I have NO obligation to let him represent
    my company if he says things that my
    customers don’t like.

    Welcome to America.

    If you don’t like it, I’m sure you can find
    a less free country.

  61. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 7, 2011 8:48 PM

    So all you freaks who say this redneck didn’t compare Obama to Hitler I’ll go e you that even though you’re oblivious. How do you explain when he said and I quote “he’s (obama) the enemy”. Stop hiding and just admit it already you’re a racist and actually believe you are pure and supreme. I would respect most of you if you just admit it and stop hiding behind your so called patriotism. Ridiculous.

  62. stevenfbrackett says: Oct 7, 2011 8:48 PM

    Here’s an idea – have as group-hosts members of the last team from that city to have won a superbowl. Who wouldn’t get a kick out of seeing their old favorites again? Besides, some of these guys might need some work and the appearance could get them invites to card and memorabilia shows, at least. Maybe a pitchman job for the local used car guy where they live, who knows.

    In the event the host team has never won a superbowl – then go with the team icon, be it player or coach, or hell, even the mascot.

  63. zn0rseman says: Oct 7, 2011 9:06 PM

    Sadly, ESPN’s replacing a man like Hank Williams Jr with a woman in a skirt is very symbolic of where the NFL is heading with regards to tackling.

    Also Hank compared the golf outing between two bitter enemies to two other bitter enemies hanging out. He’s saying, rightfully so, that there is nothing to be gained by a golf outing between two polar opposites who will never agree with each other. Never did he compare Obama to Hitler…

    Even though they are both anti-semetic Socialists who happen to be great speakers, both good at manipulating the press, and spreading falsehoods.

  64. santolonius says: Oct 7, 2011 9:09 PM

    what really pisses me off about what hank williams jr said was that “obama is the enemy.” you may think he is, but i don’t think you should. and i don’t think it is okay for people to casually say stuff like that about our prez whether he is a dem or repub. what hank williams jr. said makes me physically angry. now the question you have to ask yourself is this… if you are an espn executive why would you want to have a guy that makes millions of people physically angry to start of the crown jewel of your weekly programming. anyone who thinks that espn acted inappropriately, you are simply not being objective. you are ignoring logic to justify your personal view of the world.

  65. vikesfansteve says: Oct 7, 2011 9:14 PM

    A quitter replacing someone who says he quit.

  66. jmb795 says: Oct 7, 2011 9:23 PM

    Sure hope Faith Hill stays on. The only reason I could stomach Hank, Jr., was because I knew Faith was on deck.

  67. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 9:29 PM

    gguffey says:

    Ok, bring back the constitution!

    ————————————————
    The First Amendment to the Constitution provides that Congress shall make no law abridging free speech. It doesn’t say that a private enterprise can’t fire a man for saying something it finds offensive. Maybe you should try studying the Constitution. If you’re really concerned about laws that infringe on our Constitutional freedoms, you should be demanding a repeal of the Patriot Act.

  68. spdy34 says: Oct 7, 2011 9:39 PM

    Znorsemam you are an idiot. Actually opposites meeting and discussing issues is exactly what this country needs! It is a sad state of affairs when party affiliation is more important than the country.

    To all the rest of you please remember that you are American before you are Democrat or republican. You may not agree with all of Obama’s policies but he is not “the enemy” as morons such as Hank Williams jr would make you believe.

  69. Michael says: Oct 7, 2011 9:42 PM

    I guess I’ll never be ready for some football…*sigh

  70. jutts says: Oct 7, 2011 9:42 PM

    Is Barry Sanders going to sing? Or is this like espn’s Detroit Super Bowl Hype gone wild? Maybe Barry should do a duet with, … say a Gayle Sayers. PFT might not want to post this’, they kiss espn’s ass.

  71. barnesaintnoble says: Oct 7, 2011 9:49 PM

    Okay, let’s make one thing straight. World War II was over half a century ago, and a lot of people haven’t read the stories and seen the pictures from that time since high school. Adolf Hitler was one man responsible for the murder of 6 million people in some of the slowest, cruelest and torturous ways. He is no one’s rival, even in an analogy. Visit your local Holocaust museum and then imagine if you would like to be mentioned in the same breath as Hitler. And in his comparison, who would be Netanyahu and who would be Hitler? The answer is obvious. Hank Williams does have freedom of speech and I respect that, I just don’t think he has a brain and really don’t take offense to what he said because I don’t even think he can grasp the magnitude of what he was saying.

  72. zn0rseman says: Oct 7, 2011 9:53 PM

    spdy34 you are an idiot. Actually, two opposites who will never agree on the color of the brown smelly substance that you’re spewing from your keyboard, but which normally comes from a bull’s backside, is not a good use of time. The two men are so far apart that they aren’t ever going to agree on anything.

    Hank wasn’t calling Obama the enemy of the United States, he was calling him the enemy of Boehner.

    To all the rest of us, as you say, we are Americans first, which means that we all should love a free society where people are free to discuss the most important issues of our time without their livelihood being threatened. Clearly, you don’t believe that should be the case… right comrade?

  73. stupadassle says: Oct 7, 2011 9:57 PM

    There’s no one better than Barry Sanders to welcome America to football in Detroit.

    What about Matt Millen?

  74. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:02 PM

    Obama running this country is like hitler running his, he only cares about his race and what’s best for them, ie unemployment extensions, welfare, taxing the middle class, crack

  75. snaponrules says: Oct 7, 2011 10:17 PM

    If we are replacing hank with barry, is there any chance we can get ANYBODY to replace the skank that cant sing as well.
    Bring back PINK !!!!

  76. grudenthediva says: Oct 7, 2011 10:19 PM

    To the mouth-breathers in here trying to claim, in vain, that this is all just a misunderstanding and an analogy gone awry, here is the transcript from Fox.

    ““Come on, come on, it would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, ok?” he said. “Not hardly. In the country this shape is in, the shape this country’s in, I mean, no, I don’t think so.”

    That prompted Brian Kilmmeade to reply, “I don’t understand that analogy, actually.”

    Williams continued: “Well, I’m glad you don’t, brother, because a lot of people do. You know, they’re the enemy. They’re the enemy.”

    “Who’s the enemy?” Kilmmeade asked.

    Williams yelled: “Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

    “That’s only two,” Steve Doocy chimed in.”

    ************

    So for you twits saying he merely compared one unnamed side to “the enemy”, you’re an illiterate bunch of crap and need to go back and finish 4th grade.

  77. tramo1 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:20 PM

    if you work, obama is your worst enemy.if you draw a guberment check then he’s your best friend.

  78. favreforever says: Oct 7, 2011 10:21 PM

    Barry is up for the gig. But he’s still negotiating the clause requiring him to gain 200 pounds, grow a messy beard, and dress up like Festus from “Matt Dillon”.

  79. brintfatre says: Oct 7, 2011 10:23 PM

    I like the idea of ditching the silly celebrity intro! Make it about football history and have former players do the segment… that would be awesome!

    Oh, and while you’re at it wouldn’t hurt to fire Gruden and bring in someone with some solid football credibility.

  80. audient says: Oct 7, 2011 10:26 PM

    Lance19 has it 100% right. Thank you, Lance.

  81. mlmeier says: Oct 7, 2011 10:31 PM

    nineroutsider says: Oct 7, 2011 7:57 PM
    ….
    “But the comparison was about them hanging out together, it wasn’t a comparison of Obama to Hitler no badly how bad you want it to be.”

    ——-

    True. But my point is when you make a comparison like that immediately following a statement that directly refers to Obama as the enemy, it’s pretty clear whom Williams thought of as Hitler and whom he thought of as Netanyahu in his comparison. That’s why I asserted that those aiming to defend him by saying he didn’t directly refer to Obama as Hitler is a moot point as the implication was clearly there.

  82. The Prophet says: Oct 7, 2011 10:35 PM

    I’m confused, does that mean Barry Sanders will be SINGING Are you ready for some football?

  83. keeley2 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:42 PM

    Looking at the MNF schedule, it’s fun to think about who will represent each home team for the rest of the season. Jets up after Detroit with Willie Joe. Then Jacksonville? Chime in!

  84. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 7, 2011 10:48 PM

    zn0rseman says: Oct 7, 2011 9:06 PM

    Sadly, ESPN’s replacing a man like Hank Williams Jr with a woman in a skirt is very symbolic of where the NFL is heading with regards to tackling.

    Also Hank compared the golf outing between two bitter enemies to two other bitter enemies hanging out. He’s saying, rightfully so, that there is nothing to be gained by a golf outing between two polar opposites who will never agree with each other. Never did he compare Obama to Hitler…

    Even though they are both anti-semetic Socialists who happen to be great speakers, both good at manipulating the press, and spreading falsehoods.

    ===========================

    So people from different parties in the our government who disagree should never talk and try to come to an agreement. Do you have any idea how stupid a statement that is? Also Hitler was not a socialist. He was a fascist. I doubt you know the difference so I suggest you try to get something called an education. There are things called schools that can help you with this. Someone as totally ignorant as you posting on this board is like Hitler making a speech to the Jewish defense League.

  85. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Oct 7, 2011 10:50 PM

    way too much is being made of this game…it’s only week five.

    whoever wins or loses will not be eliminated from the race nor given a playoff spot.

    it’s good to see the Lions generate interest, their fans certainly deserve some good times.

  86. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 11:06 PM

    keeley2 says:

    Looking at the MNF schedule, it’s fun to think about who will represent each home team for the rest of the season. Jets up after Detroit with Willie Joe. Then Jacksonville? Chime in!
    ————————————————–

    That’s Joe Willie, hon. ROLL TIDE!!

    For the Jags, I would love to see Bill Cowher and Chris Hudson relive the Monday Night play in ’97 when the Steelers were kicking the winning field goal with no time on the clock, it was blocked, and Hudson ran it back for a Jags TD. Cowher stepped out onto the field pumping his fist like he was going to pop Hudson during the runback. Horrible moment for us Steelers, but hysterically funny when you look back on it.

  87. hutson14 says: Oct 7, 2011 11:08 PM

    It’s nice to know our military service men and women are fighting to protect the rights of entertainers (and the rest of us) to say stupid things like that. Hank got what he deserved.

  88. getweird4u says: Oct 7, 2011 11:17 PM

    vikesfansteve says:Oct 7, 2011 9:14 PM

    A quitter replacing someone who says he quit.
    ——————————————————–
    Have you ever played running back in the nfl?Barry was one of the greatest if not the greatest to ever put on a uniform,he played for BAD teams almost every year and you want to call him out for quitting?At least he did not keep playing too long…see emmitt or jerry…..you sir are a fool
    HOW ‘BOUT THOSE VIKINGS?…..?

  89. hutson14 says: Oct 7, 2011 11:28 PM

    It’s nice to know our military service men and women are fighting to protect the rights of entertainers (and the rest of us) to say stupid things like that. Hank got what he deserved.

  90. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 7, 2011 11:34 PM

    I wanna see Barry do a little James Brown.

  91. zn0rseman says: Oct 7, 2011 11:45 PM

    imjinbrdgr says: Also Hitler was not a socialist. He was a fascist. I doubt you know the difference so I suggest you try to get something called an education.

    ——————————
    I would suggest you know what you’re talking about before running your mouth next time. Perhaps your public education failed you?

    The definition of a Nazi is as follows…

    • A member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.

  92. cowboyfan45 says: Oct 7, 2011 11:47 PM

    way to go Michael david Smith….nice to see you have no clue, I suggest you go view the interview again, Hank Williams jr didn’t compare Obama to the Hitler, he was using an analogy between to show, two people with very opposite views on things and as if two people were going find middle ground that will never agree on anything on a golf cource, where did you get your media training, a cracker jack box! try to get your facts straight before you spout crap

  93. leopardjferry says: Oct 8, 2011 12:49 AM

    (Nodding slowly) OHHHHHH YEEEEEEAH. …

  94. stonedwhitetrash says: Oct 8, 2011 1:10 AM

    ESPN should get Faith Hill’s husband what’s his name to replace Hank JR.

  95. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Oct 8, 2011 1:14 AM

    The Monday Night football song SUCKED!!! Good riddance.

  96. twototoo says: Oct 8, 2011 1:16 AM

    Don’t know what all the fuss is about. Hitler was a FANTASTIC golfer.

  97. jdog21b says: Oct 8, 2011 1:26 AM

    HOLY CRAP Michael David Smith wrote something about the Lions without spouting his biased propaganda. Who would have thought that was possible? If the Lions blew the Bears out 50-0, we will hear from MDS how the Bears blew the game. Then we will hear him and others say “wait until they play (insert next team on their schedule) they will be exposed” just as we have heard since the Chiefs game. 3-0 on the road 4-0 combined. Only game at home so far was a massacre… Monday night, home game… sell out crowd… you do the math.

  98. freedomispopular says: Oct 8, 2011 1:39 AM

    It’s not Left vs. Right….it’s YOU vs. the STATE.

    Back to football, please.

  99. snnyjcbs says: Oct 8, 2011 1:42 AM

    Monday Night Football Died when it was taken over by ESPN, a once cannot miss game has become who cares. Sunday Night is the Game.

  100. nekelund says: Oct 8, 2011 2:00 AM

    Comparing Obama to Hitler? Who does Hank think he is – Ann Coulter?

  101. facelessman75 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:12 AM

    I want to say this so badly.
    Espn is like a teenage girl. They create Drama.
    Hank shouldnt of said what he said but he didnt say it on camera.
    Espn gets attention blah blah blah.
    TBH, I dont watch a monday night football game unless my team is playing.
    I certainly dont watch espn.
    Espn is a joke, but until someone can come along and give them a challenge, its the only thing out there right now. No Offense SI, or Pro Talk

  102. facelessman75 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:14 AM

    Oh Crap he did say it on camera, but it was FOX. My statement Stands

  103. megatron1120 says: Oct 8, 2011 2:52 AM

    even when barry sanders’ isn’t on the field, his presence still excites everyone! true legend right there!

  104. themightywhitey says: Oct 8, 2011 3:14 AM

    I thought George Bush had that “Im like Hitler ” thing all wrapped up ????

  105. beardown2011 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:24 AM

    I’m just sad to see Hank Williams Jr. go from MNF. IMHO he was one of the best things about MNF. His intros each week were a great way to get psyched for the game. He could rhyme just awesome – ‘Welcome to the party, all my roudy friends! A Monday night bash on ESPN. … Two teams with tradition; one is cheesy. The Packers and Saints … in the Big Easy!’ LOVE IT!!

  106. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 8, 2011 4:37 AM

    I’d rather listen to Barry sing instead of Hank, too…

  107. staffordsyear says: Oct 8, 2011 5:26 AM

    First of all,if i wanted to look at you guys talk politics i would go on paltalk or some yahoo chat site..give it a rest…second of all, with barry doin the intro for monday night i am definetly lookin forward to monday and i havent said that in years. go lions!

  108. mark921129 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:14 AM

    asublimeday says:
    Oct 7, 2011 7:09 PM
    People are usually welcome to detroit by being promptly mugged and stabbed, so this will be a welcome change of pace.

     Wow…a shot at Detroit. Bet you spent an hour thinking up this really clever and well crafted line. A welcome change of pace would be to walk away from your keyboard when you have NOTHING. Moron….

  109. motowncool says: Oct 8, 2011 6:15 AM

    The original MNF theme song is way better. No words, just that rhythmic beat that already asked are you ready.

    Doo Doo Doo – Doo – DooDoo.

    Barry will forever be Mufasa in Detroit.
    But Ndamukong is Blufasa in 2011.

  110. bullcharger says: Oct 8, 2011 6:45 AM

    saudishot says:Oct 7, 2011 6:15 PM

    Would you guys stop saying that? He didn’t compare Obama to Hitler he compared his meeting with a meeting involving Hitler. It wasn’t a direct comparison.

    ————————–

    Why is that an important point people keep wanting to make. Most people know the context of the comments… it doesn’t matter whether it was a direct comparison or not. Talking about Obama being the enemy and Hitler in the same sentence is enough. It’s just plain dumb. I would certainly fire someone making public comments like that, especially if they were on contract and I had termination right to the contract and the performer quickly was becoming irrelevant for the target demographic anyway. It’s a no brainer… Nothing good can come from that for a company.

  111. NFLJunkie says: Oct 8, 2011 7:52 AM

    Would you guys stop saying that? He didn’t compare Obama to Hitler he compared his meeting with a meeting involving Hitler.

    Oh. Well that clears the whole thing up, then.

    Anyway…

    I like the idea of game-specific intros. Glad that Barry gets to welcome MNF back to Detroit, to start. Lots of possibilities, especially when they have key match-ups involving hardcore rivals.

    Remember that Ray Lewis-Steve McNair thing they (ABC at the time) did before the ’03-’04 wildcard playoff game between the Ravens and Titans? More of that kind of thing could be fun.

  112. masterblaster78 says: Oct 8, 2011 8:48 AM

    Screw MNF and screw ESPN………..What happened to freedom of speech?

  113. jeepin08 says: Oct 8, 2011 8:58 AM

    The only sensible thing to do is to boycott ESPN. Stop watching MNF. Stop going to their web site. Prove to them that they don’t have the power to take away Americas freedom. And to take away an amendment that was created for the people. The people must speak. Stand united. I personally will be done with MNF. Not because of this incident. Because frankly, its a pretty crappy show. And they just can’t seem to produce any worthy commentators. The last few times I did watch, it was with no sound volumn.

    Sunday night football blows MNF out of the water.

  114. yevrag3535 says: Oct 8, 2011 9:45 AM

    Who cares. If you watch MNF for that stupid song you should turn to dancing with those losers because, who cares.

  115. vikesfansteve says: Oct 8, 2011 9:56 AM

    getweird shut that f’n hole under your nose

    & get off my nuts

  116. vikesfansteve says: Oct 8, 2011 9:57 AM

    The dude is a quitter

    quit on the lions, quit on football

    mental problems

    QUITTER

  117. goodeal5 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:11 AM

    Didn’t Barry Sanders rip off the Detroit Lions for millions of dollars? That’s a good replacement!

  118. cballlv11 says: Oct 8, 2011 10:28 AM

    Ewww… Somebody got their politics all over my football :-(… Now it’s all gross and slimy. Yuck! :-(

  119. nysaysbringit says: Oct 8, 2011 10:37 AM

    I think we all understand how Free speech works ok..so enough of the lecturing.

    As far as the Hitler comparisons go..I see it everyday…people carelessly throw around words like “Nazi’s…”neo-nazi’s”…This all coming from a generation for the most part that has NO concept of what the Nazi’s were truly all about. For the most part I find that some people are like parrots. They hear these little “catch “words and they just repeat them cause it makes them sound like they are in the loop.
    I dont believe everything I hear and I dont even believe everything I see on youtube…some of that has been staged as well to fit one side or anothers propaganda.
    Reasearch this yourself..Hitler was well loved and blindly followed by millions prior to his murderous rampage on humanity….so to whom it may concern…be careful about whom you follow and KNOW the meaning of the words you are throwing around. Dont be a parrot!

  120. hatesycophants says: Oct 8, 2011 10:44 AM

    @mlmeier,

    My friend, I wish I could believe that the people who support Williams understand or care about the slight nuance between the definitions of “comparison” and “analogy,” but they don’t. They don’t have any idea what the hell you’re talking about.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers! Go Tigers! Go Barry!

  121. mario1357 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:35 AM

    “… we can all agree on this: There’s no one better than Barry Sanders to welcome America to football in Detroit.”

    We cannot ALL agree on anything! Barry Sanders was not born in Detroit, nor is he a lifelong resident, nor did he exit his playing career in a classy fashion. What about Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt?

  122. Deb says: Oct 8, 2011 12:41 PM

    cowboyfan45 says:

    way to go Michael david Smith….nice to see you have no clue, I suggest you go view the interview again, Hank Williams jr didn’t compare Obama to the Hitler, he was using an analogy between to show, two people with very opposite views on things and as if two people were going find middle ground that will never agree on anything on a golf cource, where did you get your media training, a cracker jack box! try to get your facts straight before you spout crap
    ————————————————
    Reminded by the Fox folk that he’d just compared President Obama to Hitler, Williams said, “That IS true. But I’m telling you like it is.”

    Where did you get your media training? At the bottom of a beer bottle? Maybe you should try to get your facts straight before make an idiot of yourself calling out people when you don’t know what you’re talking about. :roll:

  123. ham1 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:53 PM

    how about halle berry?

  124. packerswambulance says: Oct 8, 2011 8:56 PM

    Kill it Barry.

  125. pigeonpea says: Oct 13, 2011 11:08 PM

    grudenthediva says:
    To the mouth-breathers in here trying to claim, in vain, that this is all just a misunderstanding and an analogy gone awry, here is the transcript from Fox.

    “Come on, come on, it would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, ok?” he said. “Not hardly. In the country this shape is in, the shape this country’s in, I mean, no, I don’t think so.”

    Did you happen to read the part where Williams said it would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu? At no point does Williams say Obama is similar to Hitler, Obama is Hitler, or that Obama is anything like Netanyahu either.

    I am sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that *is* a textbook analogy by every definition. It is not a misunderstanding nor an “analogy gone awry”, nor is it “redneck” nor “racist” in the least. I highlighted the relevent part that illustrates this for you, as I am quite sure you would be unable to find it on your own. If I may suggest, perhaps you should try finishing your GED before again launching into internet tirades about subjects you do not understand. It will go a long way to help you from planting your foot directly inside your mouth in the future.

    Seriously, the utter lack of basic English skills by some of the people posting here is a terrible indication of the state of the American education system. Then again, it also goes a long way to explain why your country is currently in the state it’s in.

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