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At a time when some are criticizing ESPN for being too political (though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk), they’re bring back a guy whose political commentary cost him a gig in the first place.

According to Cindy Watts of USA Today, the network is bringing former country star Hank Williams Jr. back to their Monday Night Football broadcast.

It’s been six years since they parted ways with him, after Williams called then-Republican House Speaker John Boehner playing golf with then-President Barack Obama “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”

“It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu,” he then explained on Fox News’ Fox & Friends. He also referred to Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden as “the enemy.”

(Note to aspiring writers, artists and public speakers: If you’re ever thinking about making the Hitler reference, don’t. No, really. Just don’t. Ever. No, seriously. It never works out for you. Never. You’re welcome.)

But ESPN figures enough time has passed (and the political climate has changed) such that Williams and his rowdy friends should be more welcome now.

“I’m sure there’ll be some [backlash], but I’m not concerned,”said Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of events and studio production. “It was the right time. We discussed it internally and it was just the right time to bring him back.”

Of course, it comes at a time when the network is laying off long-time NFL talent, losing reporters such as John Clayton and Ed Werder (among many others), which may make some wonder if they’re ready for some football or not.

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  1. milehihoss says: Jun 5, 2017 8:08 AM

    So much yes. Finally!!

  2. Grugenhagen says: Jun 5, 2017 8:11 AM

    Because that will make people tune into the often awful matchups.

  3. unclebluck says: Jun 5, 2017 8:12 AM

    Yep. Bring back the no talent, living off his fathers legend, hillbilly racist….make sense…..

  4. scoops1 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:12 AM

    Finally…..ESPN does something RIGHT!!!

  5. reprob8 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:14 AM

    “right time” is a political statement in itself.

  6. abninf says: Jun 5, 2017 8:18 AM

    But ESPN figures enough time has passed (and the political climate has changed)
    =================================

    The political climate hasn’t changed. You guys are just now figuring out that the majority reject leftist political correctness. As we have all along.

  7. MichaelEdits says: Jun 5, 2017 8:19 AM

    We cooked a pig in the ground
    We got some beer on ice
    And all my Saudi friends are coming over tonight

  8. d12f6m says: Jun 5, 2017 8:20 AM

    Why?

  9. briang123 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:23 AM

    That’s right anyone who complains about having liberal politics shoved down their throats when all they want to do is watch sports is a racist and sexist. And you guys wonder how we wound up with Trump.

  10. patriottony says: Jun 5, 2017 8:23 AM

    ESPN turning into the Ghetto network,,,all the “experts” will be has beens in purple suits and furs..talking street language,,plain and simple,,you watch…right NOW,,you have nobody in the football/basketball who isn’t a wanna be or has been…no hall of famers,,no real experts. The “women” are on there for their figures,,not their sports knowledge

  11. stucats says: Jun 5, 2017 8:24 AM

    WHY, THIS GUY IS TOTALLY WASHED UP!

  12. absodefinitely says: Jun 5, 2017 8:25 AM

    A garbage country singer isn’t going to improve the game….it’s just another example that ESPN doesn’t get it and why they continue to lose viewers…MNF and college football are the only things I tune in to ESPN for…can’t wait ’til they lose MNF…

  13. duffelbagsports says: Jun 5, 2017 8:25 AM

    Bring him back. Because ignorant racist statements have a time limit. Why not get Kathy Griffin for sideline reporting and balance things out.

  14. xbam says: Jun 5, 2017 8:28 AM

    compared to what celebrities are saying about the president now what Hank said is small beans imo…

  15. jetfan79 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:30 AM

    He’s a good entertainer. Enjoy it and ignore his views. Who really gives a crap what he thinks?

  16. tndiver says: Jun 5, 2017 8:31 AM

    Being political has nothing to do with the race or gender of the speaker and everything to do with making factual statements and not relying on hyperbole (like Gantt just did) or an emotional appeal because you have nothing else to go on. It also means the speaker is usually talking as though they are the authority on the topic and everyone else’s opinion is wrong, when usually what comes out of their mouth is wrong. It is sports. People watch to get away from the other problems of the world, including politics. Say stupid stuff, win stupid prizes!

  17. LakefrontLegend says: Jun 5, 2017 8:32 AM

    ”At a time when some are criticizing ESPN for being too political (though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk)”
    ——
    Thank you for calling it like it is, Darin.

  18. santaclarasantaclaus says: Jun 5, 2017 8:33 AM

    I’m a white guy who grew-up in the sticks. Hank jr’s best work has been Family Tradition and the mnf theme. Both his father and son are/were better. Good to hear that espn didn’t choose some 12 year old from the Mickey mouse channel though.

  19. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 5, 2017 8:34 AM

    Again with this washed up yahoo?

  20. v2787 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:36 AM

    ESPN continues to make horrible personnel decisions. I can remember when that network actually mattered. Hell, I can even remember when Hank Williams Jr. used to be a semi-celebrity. Looks like ESPN is grasping at straws and trying to appeal to the redneck/hillbilly crowd that voted for Traitor Trump. How pathetic.

  21. hodag54501 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:36 AM

    Lets see…ESPN hires this guy…again.

    NBC opens with Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood.

    Which show open would you rather watch?

  22. philtration says: Jun 5, 2017 8:38 AM

    abninf says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:18 AM
    But ESPN figures enough time has passed (and the political climate has changed)
    =================================

    The political climate hasn’t changed. You guys are just now figuring out that the majority reject leftist political correctness. As we have all along.
    ====================================

    Or…… the dumbing down of the United States has reached critical level and they are selling to the lowest common denominator.

    “Murica is da bestest connty on this here flat Earth!”

  23. dawoger says: Jun 5, 2017 8:39 AM

    This will never happen and anyone with a sense of how the left media works, knows it. This announcement has as dual purpose to it: First, the left’s talking heads will try their best to drive this story into the psyche of the country for the purpose of furthering their race bating agenda. It’ll be the whole Williams loves Trump but hates Obama so therefore Trump is racist by association straw man argument. Secondly, BSPN will falsely claim their intentions with Hank Jr are honorable, when their real intent is to help their slumping ratings. They’re hoping there’ll be a huge public backlash against Hank Jr and in the best interest of coming down on the right side of social justice they’ll pull the offer to him. Thus making themselves look virtuous. The entire left media marches in lock-step each other and their intent is always nefarious. Just pay attention to how many news outlets run with this story later today.

  24. infectorman says: Jun 5, 2017 8:44 AM

    BSPN is about as far away from the pulse of this country as Swillary is from stepping foot inside the oval office

  25. factschecker says: Jun 5, 2017 8:47 AM

    If it’s time for comebacks then I’m waiting for Micheal Richards to slide in at any moment to say “Hey buddy!”

    Gggggiddy up.

  26. subotai1 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:49 AM

    How about better matchups and bringing Clayton and Werder back? That would really show ESPN is ready for some football. Having a country singer yelling for the first 5 mins of a program ain’t gonna make much of a difference if two crappy teams are playing and the “analysis” during and after the game sucks.

  27. terripet says: Jun 5, 2017 8:50 AM

    Horrible choice again

  28. dzor22 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:52 AM

    Back this one up? “At a time when some are criticizing ESPN for being too political (though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk)…” WTH?

  29. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jun 5, 2017 8:53 AM

    NO!!!! Oh God no. Lord, why hast thou forsaken us?!???

  30. clayjtitan66 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:56 AM

    Well Obama is a war criminal and I think Hitler was too busy to golf.

  31. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jun 5, 2017 8:57 AM

    Extra Stupid People Network

  32. Fred says: Jun 5, 2017 8:58 AM

    “though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk”

    Funny, the most hate to an ESPN employee I saw was to a black woman whose views didn’t match what the left though they should.

  33. niners816 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:59 AM

    Aren’t the left supposed to be tolerant? I’ve seen a lot of posts calling him a hillbilly racist, redneck, etc. Then Gantt of course making ridiculous claims like usual. The left is the reason why Trump is in office. The people have spoken. The left is the biggest bunch of hypocrites. Trying to preach tolerance, but call him names, lol. I’m glad Trump is OUR president. Thanks for helping us vote him in 😉

  34. DawgPound83 says: Jun 5, 2017 8:59 AM

    LOL, What a blatant and weak answer to combating the political dislike from the right. “Well give em ol Jr. back. They like that der song”

    How about quit propping up your SJW ‘hosts’ & ‘anchors’ while firing quality journalists. Its all sensationalism anymore. Sad.

  35. niners816 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:00 AM

    Watching the left/liberals whine is very appealing to me. Please, go on 🙂

  36. pkrlvr says: Jun 5, 2017 9:01 AM

    It’s so ironic that Obama did nothing to be compared to Hitler, but our current potus may be in bed with the Russians and the righties here aren’t saying a word. Keep putting party before country boys.

  37. pkrlvr says: Jun 5, 2017 9:03 AM

    I’m glad Trump is OUR president. Thanks for helping us vote him in
    ———–
    So is Russia. You are welcome comrade.

  38. MichaelEdits says: Jun 5, 2017 9:03 AM

    No, ESPN is not a ghetto network. It is, however, the Land of the Shouting People. The only time I watch it is when there’s a Carolina Panthers game on it, and even then I have to mute the pregame show. Has someone told them that they have microphones? We don’t need their outdoor voices when they’re indoors. Seriously. Get off my lawn.

  39. beachsidejames says: Jun 5, 2017 9:03 AM

    ESPN will never be true to themselves because they don’t know who they are. If only the would have stuck to sports reporting and not politics. Too late for me …

  40. pkrlvr says: Jun 5, 2017 9:04 AM

    Watching the left/liberals whine is very appealing to me. Please, go on 🙂
    ——–
    Yeah apparently that’s more important to you guys than running the country properly.

  41. niners816 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:05 AM

    philtration says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:38 AM
    abninf says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:18 AM
    But ESPN figures enough time has passed (and the political climate has changed)
    =================================

    The political climate hasn’t changed. You guys are just now figuring out that the majority reject leftist political correctness. As we have all along.
    ====================================

    Or…… the dumbing down of the United States has reached critical level and they are selling to the lowest common denominator.

    “Murica is da bestest connty on this here flat Earth!”
    ——————
    Pretty sure Kyrie Irvin also coined the Earth to be flat not too long ago, right? Would you mind letting us know what he sounds like in quotes, too? Or does he get a pass because he’s not a deplorable white like you are labeling everyone? The left, lol. Those tears taste so good!

  42. driftw00d says: Jun 5, 2017 9:07 AM

    They must be really serious about cutting costs. I wonder how much Hank paid them to get back on TV.

  43. boiler72 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:14 AM

    Good. America needs more people like Williams and Ted Nugent to have a more vocal platform, before it turns into another western Europe. Then again, Trump will never let that happen, so, we’re good.

  44. SparkyGump says: Jun 5, 2017 9:20 AM

    I just want to watch football. I don’t care if they have some has been, almost never was, country hack singing the intro. Why can’t they just have the intro being those two helmets crashing into each other to music like they used to have? We need to have a separation of football and politics. I don’t care who voted for who when I watch a game.

  45. luckyladyweb says: Jun 5, 2017 9:22 AM

    Love this move! The man should of never lost the gig in the first place. Although I am very shock that ESPN would do this.

  46. Della Street says: Jun 5, 2017 9:23 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:04 AM
    Watching the left/liberals whine is very appealing to me. Please, go on 🙂
    ——–
    Yeah apparently that’s more important to you guys than running the country properly.

    _______________________

    Huh? I didn’t know pkrlvr was the POTUS.

  47. bert1913 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:24 AM

    there’s a reason that espn is going down the toilet

  48. electricboogalo says: Jun 5, 2017 9:28 AM

    Set America back again.

  49. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 5, 2017 9:32 AM

    I pity the fools who don’t understand divide and conquer, Order through chaos…

  50. dickroy says: Jun 5, 2017 9:33 AM

    The only thing the left will tolerate are ideas that they agree with.

  51. waynefontesismyfather says: Jun 5, 2017 9:35 AM

    The ship has officially sunk! bahaha

  52. refshavegottogo says: Jun 5, 2017 9:43 AM

    No body cares about Hank Williams Jr. ESPN still has no idea what they are doing. Bringing him back and firing a bunch of reporters is not going to bring back viewers/subscribers. How much are they paying him compared to what they could have payed a reporter/analyst who was let go?

    Is there anyone who really stopped watching MNF until he was brought back? I highly doubt anyone even thought about him the past 5 years. But the Head Idiots in charge somehow think this is going to help their failing numbers.

  53. bigpete07 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:44 AM

    Hey, hillbillies buy beer too.

  54. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 5, 2017 9:50 AM

    ————————————————————
    abninf says:

    The political climate hasn’t changed. You guys are just now figuring out that the majority reject leftist political correctness. As we have all along.
    ———————————————————–

    Majority? Alternative math?

  55. 250dollarnflowner says: Jun 5, 2017 9:50 AM

    ”At a time when some are criticizing ESPN for being too political (though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk)”
    ========
    Se people just don’t get it (and never will).

  56. nepatriot1 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:50 AM

    Is this to appease the racist, science denying minority that have hijacked the country for the next 3.5 years?

  57. kayes says: Jun 5, 2017 9:52 AM

    i was hoping for justin beiber

  58. painsyndicate says: Jun 5, 2017 9:56 AM

    Shake up that snow globe and pass the popcorn.

    It’s fun watching all the snowflakes swirl around and smash into everything.

  59. nepatriot1 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:58 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:01 AM
    It’s so ironic that Obama did nothing to be compared to Hitler, but our current potus may be in bed with the Russians and the righties here aren’t saying a word. Keep putting party before country boys.
    —————–
    It’s much easier to just burry your head in the sand and pretend everything is awesome.
    Just like when we last had a republican president, it will be up to democrats to come back in and try to clean up the messes.

  60. flybirdhaters27 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:59 AM

    So it’s okay to bring Hank Williams Jr back to MNF but not okay to kneel, raise awareness about police brutality and donate millions to charity, diversity and inclusion efforts? Smh

  61. nepatriot1 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:03 AM

    niners816 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:59 AM
    Aren’t the left supposed to be tolerant? I’ve seen a lot of posts calling him a hillbilly racist, redneck, etc. Then Gantt of course making ridiculous claims like usual. The left is the reason why Trump is in office. The people have spoken. The left is the biggest bunch of hypocrites. Trying to preach tolerance, but call him names, lol. I’m glad Trump is OUR president. Thanks for helping us vote him in 😉
    ———————–
    Facts matter. The people spoke for another candidate. The country has been hijacked by a non thinking minority.

  62. jh82208 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:03 AM

    It’s funny because you are now slowly starting to see these leftist liberals starting to change. It’s going to take some time but we are starting to see people waking up. Companies are taking notice that no matter how hard you try and push your agenda, people with common sense will reject it.

  63. FreewayJim says: Jun 5, 2017 10:05 AM

    “At a time when some are criticizing ESPN for being too political (though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk)”

    That’s your definition of political? wow.

  64. nyneal says: Jun 5, 2017 10:06 AM

    Williams should never have been fired in the first place. It was a typical knee jerk reaction by a network afraid of what the cry baby liberals would say. If a black musician or athlete had said something similar about someone playing golf with Trump, it wouldn’t even be an issue.
    It just like when Jimmy The Greek was fired. He was in a bar and had been drinking, and he was obviously feeling no pain. A reporter sticks a microphone in his face and asks him questions. The Greek stated his opinions on some racial stuff and he ends up getting fired. They couldn’t cut the guy some slack because he was drunk and probably was just spouting off. No, in spite of an impeccable record with race, he was immediately labeled a racist and was fired. It led to his death, according to people who were close to him.
    And — I have yet to hear anyone say that The Greek was wrong about what he said (which was blacks are superior to whites in athletics because they were bred to be fast and strong).
    The irony of the Greek’s firing is no one has the guts to give their answers on the subject (which is why blacks are far superior athletes to whites in the majority of cases). It is a fascinating topic and I’d love for someone to delve into it to see if there is a legitimate reason.
    I watch track and field events all the time. It’s gotten so there are no white athletes who can even qualify to race in events such as the 100 meters. Blacks dominate speed events in both men’s and women’s events.
    And look at the NFL and NBA. In the first round of the NFL draft this year, 27 of the 32 players selected were black. Is it genetics as Jimmy The Greek tried to say? Or is it environment? Or is it desire? What makes the black athlete so much better than the white athlete in the great majority of cases?
    Let’s see you have a go at that one, Florio. I think it’s a great topic for discussion and would love to see what the players themselves think is the answer.
    The answer might also be that Jimmy The Greek was on the right track with his answer.
    The facts are indisputable, blacks are superior to whites when it comes to athletics. Anyone who denies that is clueless. I admire blacks for that and just would like to know what the reason for it is.

  65. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 5, 2017 10:08 AM

    I’m guessing Hank is paying ESPN for each of his appearances and each party sold it to the other as a win, win. Hank’s alt-right (white supremacist) fanbase couldn’t be more pleased.

  66. clayjtitan66 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:09 AM

    When will Trump supporters wake up and realize Trump has continued where Obama left off, see perpetual war in the Middle East, Goldman Sachs bankers running the economy and both are hack golfers.
    Nap time is over, we had the illusion of choice.

  67. sgordon909usdm419 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:14 AM

    I’m not political at all….Politics can suck it.
    That said, I’m so glad the MNF anthem I grew up with will be back!!!

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALLLLLLLLL

  68. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 5, 2017 10:17 AM

    ————————————————————
    dawoger says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:39 AM
    This will never happen and anyone with a sense of how the left media works, knows it. This announcement has as dual purpose to it: First, the left’s talking heads will try their best to drive this story into the psyche of the country for the purpose of furthering their race bating agenda. It’ll be the whole Williams loves Trump but hates Obama so therefore Trump is racist by association straw man argument. Secondly, BSPN will falsely claim their intentions with Hank Jr are honorable, when their real intent is to help their slumping ratings. They’re hoping there’ll be a huge public backlash against Hank Jr and in the best interest of coming down on the right side of social justice they’ll pull the offer to him. Thus making themselves look virtuous. The entire left media marches in lock-step each other and their intent is always nefarious. Just pay attention to how many news outlets run with this story later today.
    ———————————————————–

    Trump doesn’t need the media or a strawman to look racist. Your comment is a strawman.

  69. rfahey22 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:19 AM

    Is he actually popular or something? Maybe they should just get a standard intro song/theme instead of some whacky crap where they have to add verses for each of the teams playing that night. Here’s a hint – if people are tuning in, they probably know who’s on MNF without the song telling them.

  70. xlivsaints says: Jun 5, 2017 10:21 AM

    Wasn’t Barry Sanders the first “replacement” for him? I really wanted Silent Barry to sing.

  71. smartcollegefootball says: Jun 5, 2017 10:31 AM

    nepatriot1 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:50 AM

    Is this to appease the racist, science denying minority that have hijacked the country for the next 3.5 years?

    _________________________________________

    Answer: Yes

  72. niners816 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:35 AM

    nepatriot1 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 10:03 AM
    niners816 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:59 AM
    Aren’t the left supposed to be tolerant? I’ve seen a lot of posts calling him a hillbilly racist, redneck, etc. Then Gantt of course making ridiculous claims like usual. The left is the reason why Trump is in office. The people have spoken. The left is the biggest bunch of hypocrites. Trying to preach tolerance, but call him names, lol. I’m glad Trump is OUR president. Thanks for helping us vote him in 😉
    ———————–
    Facts matter. The people spoke for another candidate. The country has been hijacked by a non thinking minority.
    —————–
    Those tears, buddy…they taste good!!

  73. niners816 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:36 AM

    nepatriot1 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 10:03 AM
    niners816 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:59 AM
    Aren’t the left supposed to be tolerant? I’ve seen a lot of posts calling him a hillbilly racist, redneck, etc. Then Gantt of course making ridiculous claims like usual. The left is the reason why Trump is in office. The people have spoken. The left is the biggest bunch of hypocrites. Trying to preach tolerance, but call him names, lol. I’m glad Trump is OUR president. Thanks for helping us vote him in 😉
    ———————–
    Facts matter. The people spoke for another candidate. The country has been hijacked by a non thinking minority.
    —————-
    Yes, facts. Fact that she lost and Trump is OUR president. You can say whatever you want and it’s not going to change 🙂

  74. fartweasel says: Jun 5, 2017 10:46 AM

    I heard that Kid Rock and Ted Nugent will provide background vocals. The three stooges of “entertainment”.

  75. exinsidetrader says: Jun 5, 2017 10:53 AM

    clayjtitan66 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 10:09 AM

    When will Trump supporters wake up and realize Trump has continued where Obama left off, see perpetual war in the Middle East, Goldman Sachs bankers running the economy and both are hack golfers.
    Nap time is over, we had the illusion of choice.
    ____________
    Gulf States today moved to isolate Qatar for its support of terrorism. You know Qatar, the country that gave the Clintons millions for “speeches” and to their “charity” and in which they own a mansion.

    You are so ill-informed about you criticize it is laughable, but expected. Now stick to FOOTBALL please.

  76. weepingjebus says: Jun 5, 2017 10:55 AM

    There must be a way to blame this on the Rooskies.

  77. kemp13 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:56 AM

    Apparently, racism now has a shelf life. Just like talented ESPN writers and reporters.

    Nice.

  78. naldoron says: Jun 5, 2017 10:57 AM

    actually who gives a crap? Too many people I guess. I don’t ever tune in until kickoff and most of the match ups on Monday night are crappy anyway.

  79. soaringelvis says: Jun 5, 2017 10:58 AM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:50 AM
    ————————————————————
    abninf says:

    The political climate hasn’t changed. You guys are just now figuring out that the majority reject leftist political correctness. As we have all along.
    ———————————————————–

    Majority? Alternative math?
    —————————–
    Nope. We’re counting just the legal Americans that voted! Take that!

  80. Moudabo says: Jun 5, 2017 11:00 AM

    It makes me sad that we’ve actually reached the point where the views of
    people like Hank Williams Jr and Ted Nugent are celebrated; and any
    media to the ‘left’ of Breitbart / Limpbaugh are viewed with mistrust and
    disdain.

    How the heck did we get here ?

  81. exinsidetrader says: Jun 5, 2017 11:00 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:01 AM

    It’s so ironic that Obama did nothing to be compared to Hitler, but our current potus may be in bed with the Russians and the righties here aren’t saying a word. Keep putting party before country boys.
    _______________

    Obama’s NSA recorded ALL your cellphone calls and emails. Sounds very totalitarian to me, but at least he kept the borders open for terrorists and illegals right.

    It amazes me how ignorant self-described “intelligent Liberals” can be. Now, please stick to football.

  82. peoriaviking says: Jun 5, 2017 11:02 AM

    Hey Darrin, it’s not a “euphemism” for anything, most of the political talk on ESPN is done BY white people.

  83. infectorman says: Jun 5, 2017 11:08 AM

    As long as I can remember, “non-white people” have been talking on sports media shows.
    It’s women who have been marginalized up until recently.
    Not to say they are “less-than” men when it comes to talking about Men’s PROFESSIONAL SPORTS, but how many of them have actually played Male sports recently?
    Why are they not all talking about women’s professional sports.
    How many men do you see clamoring to get on the WNBA panel or broadcasts?
    The only reason they are marketable on Mens sports is that look and are shaped like women, not what they say.

  84. veddermn8 says: Jun 5, 2017 11:11 AM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:50 AM

    Nope. We’re counting just the legal Americans that voted! Take that!

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

    Still waiting on the proof for that one. Meanwhile North Carolina loses its Supreme Court case for district gerrymandering.

  85. packsupersoldier says: Jun 5, 2017 11:13 AM

    Hank Williams is the greatest country singer that ever lived. Hank Jr isn’t even in the top 1000.

  86. veddermn8 says: Jun 5, 2017 11:13 AM

    niners816 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 10:36 AM

    —————-
    Yes, facts. Fact that she lost and Trump is OUR president. You can say whatever you want and it’s not going to change

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

    Well I mean it COULD change. Thursday is gonna be a pretty big deal in D.C.

  87. veddermn8 says: Jun 5, 2017 11:15 AM

    jh82208 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 10:03 AM

    It’s funny because you are now slowly starting to see these leftist liberals starting to change. It’s going to take some time but we are starting to see people waking up. Companies are taking notice that no matter how hard you try and push your agenda, people with common sense will reject it.

    ==========

    Like all those sponsors that left which forced Fox to get rid of O’Reilly? Those companies?

  88. possumsauce says: Jun 5, 2017 11:20 AM

    I hate both parties and didn’t even vote, but I also hate Hank Jr. b/c he’s a tuneless, no-talent hack who got everything he has in life by virtue of the fact that he happens to share a name with his infinitely more talented father. Why can’t ESPN do the smart thing and go back to the spectacular symphonic score that ABC used to open the broadcast and underpin Gifford’s dramatic narratives back in the 80s? The music was worlds better AND the rights are almost certainly a pittance by comparison. There’s no shortage of reasons this ship of fools is going down.

  89. collectordude says: Jun 5, 2017 11:24 AM

    I don’t care either way.

    Just happy the announcement riles the left/democrats/progressives to no end.

  90. jjackwagon says: Jun 5, 2017 11:28 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:04 AM
    Watching the left/liberals whine is very appealing to me. Please, go on 🙂
    ——–
    Yeah apparently that’s more important to you guys than running the country properly.
    ———————————
    Has the left EVER been interested in running the country properly? There is no evidence to support it.

  91. oldstylelover says: Jun 5, 2017 11:30 AM

    They forgot to mention that the lyrics will now be in Russian. But that’s okay, Right?

  92. Moudabo says: Jun 5, 2017 11:54 AM

    “… And — I have yet to hear anyone say that The Greek was wrong about what he said (which was blacks are superior to whites in athletics because they were bred to be fast and strong).
    The irony of the Greek’s firing is no one has the guts to give their answers on the subject (which is why blacks are far superior athletes to whites in the majority of cases). It is a fascinating topic and I’d love for someone to delve into it to see if there is a legitimate reason.”

    ———-

    I agree that the NFL and American media owes a posthumus apology
    to the family and the memory of Jimmy The Greek. The way he was attacked and
    his life destroyed is a disgrace. He was not a racist; on the contrary. He analyzed,
    marvelled, and celebrated the black athlete.

    This is a shameful wrong that needs to be made right.

  93. characterisdestinyblog says: Jun 5, 2017 12:11 PM

    I’m guessing Hank is paying ESPN for each of his appearances and each party sold it to the other as a win, win. Hank’s alt-right (white supremacist) fanbase couldn’t be more pleased.

    AS you can see from the plethora of commenters, America has truly become a land of FreeDUMB. As a vet, I’m sad to see this is the collection of people we fought for — some countries don’t even have the right to read a newspaper without worrying about a bomb going off in their front yard but ppl want some talentless hack who didn’t upgrade the viewing experience back JUST because he spewed some racist drivel. Amazingly, these are the same ppl who feel the Colin disrespected soldiers such as myself — lol, the contradictory mindsets of some people are truly baffling. Love Ted Nugent because “he speaks his mind” but if someone (like the seemingly rightists has said about the left which I am no part of btw) disagrees with your opinion, they shouldn’t have one — i.e. Kneeling to bring awareness to situations that ARE happening and have happened, even to me, as an employed – well to do veteran.

    Funny someone made a comment about why should women comment on male sports — how often have they played a male sport? Then ask yourself, why should a majority of older, white men comment on what it’s like to be a minority in the United States if they in fact have never had to live with that experience? But hey, I guess if it doesn’t fit one’s narrative – it doesn’t make sense hunh? LOL! The current status of this country makes me sad for the future — more people want to separate over party, not even realizing, the people you’re arguing/fighting for share five star meals with each other while you further destroy what little chance we have at societal cohesion — disgusting. Now, thumb down my comment since a “silent majority” (LOL) of you wont even understand half the concepts I just provided.

  94. goodguyattorney says: Jun 5, 2017 12:12 PM

    “former country star” is an apt description.

  95. fiddlinred says: Jun 5, 2017 12:14 PM

    Hank Jr sucks and it is
    Not Obama or “the left’s” fault

  96. Southpaw says: Jun 5, 2017 12:14 PM

    That’s hilarious. Dude got sacked for calling Obama “Hitler” …now, calling the president “Hitler” is the hot trend, and the more you do it, the more social points you earn… and so dude got his gig back.

  97. jimmysee says: Jun 5, 2017 12:15 PM

    Just what MNF needs! A redneck hillbilly has-been singer.

    As Darin, himself, notes above, ESPN is “………. bringing back former country star Hank Williams Jr.”

  98. mcmccii says: Jun 5, 2017 12:18 PM

    This is freakin stupid!

  99. kenmasters34 says: Jun 5, 2017 12:21 PM

    All my rowdy comrades are here for Monday night!

  100. dman6015 says: Jun 5, 2017 12:24 PM

    He is definitely NOT his father. Not even in the same universe. He’s just the typical low-information, mouth-breathing racist Southern redneck, with a guitar and a legacy.

  101. ruffbufffire says: Jun 5, 2017 12:32 PM

    Why such glee for the white supremacist?

  102. abninf says: Jun 5, 2017 12:33 PM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:50 AM
    ————————————————————
    abninf says:

    The political climate hasn’t changed. You guys are just now figuring out that the majority reject leftist political correctness. As we have all along.
    ———————————————————–

    Majority? Alternative math?
    ===================================

    In 8 years we gained over 1000 state legislature seats, 14 governorships, the house, the senate and the oval office. Majority? Yeah. Too bad for you that California isn’t allowed to choose the president.

  103. lawrinson20 says: Jun 5, 2017 12:35 PM

    Stupid move.
    Who the hell has missed this guy?
    Did they lay off the staffer in charge of More Creatively Filling the Six Year Hank Williams Jr Vacuum?

  104. 345snarkavenue says: Jun 5, 2017 12:35 PM

    In my opinion, what Hank said was more of a reflection of him than it was about anyone else. He has a right to his opinion, and ESPN had a right to terminate him.

    I wouldn’t have stopped watching any game(s) that I might have wanted to see had ESPN kept him, nor would I decide to watch any because they are bringing him back.

    I’m just waiting to see what Trump is going to tweet about this, assuming he hasn’t already.

  105. dickensbslim says: Jun 5, 2017 12:38 PM

    Any chance we can get him to do an extended cut of Canyonero now?

  106. nyneal says: Jun 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    Personally, I think all the opening songs for sports broadcasts are annoying. They are full of glitz, and most of the time feature hot women in short skirts (not that I mind that).
    If they did away with them altogether and just opened the broadcast with the two people doing the broadcast, I’d like it a whole lot better.
    The focus should be on the game, not some half-assed wannabe Broadway production which looks like computer geeks threw it together.

  107. dickensbslim says: Jun 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    Hey Florio, you forgot to mention Hank was a hipster. I didn’t see it coming either, but he was, in fact, calling presidents Hitler before it was cool.

  108. boisestatewhodat says: Jun 5, 2017 12:48 PM

    Good…should have never left!

  109. boisestatewhodat says: Jun 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    Chris Matthews referred to the president as Hitler moments after his inaugural speech…last I check, he’s still got his job.

  110. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Jun 5, 2017 12:51 PM

    Ted Nugent must not have been available.

    ESPN couldnt run a DQ

  111. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 5, 2017 12:55 PM

    clayjtitan66 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 10:09 AM

    When will Trump supporters wake up and realize Trump has continued where Obama left off, see perpetual war in the Middle East, Goldman Sachs bankers running the economy and both are hack golfers.
    Nap time is over, we had the illusion of choice.
    ——————————-
    Finally, someone who knows whats going on…
    Don’t forget the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, and the deceased Albert Pike, Crowley, and Adam Weishaupt….

  112. thepedestrianoff says: Jun 5, 2017 1:03 PM

    80% of these comments are fueled by deep dislike for anything to do with ESPN.

  113. freedomofspeechyesway says: Jun 5, 2017 1:06 PM

    “At a time when some are criticizing ESPN for being too political (though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk)”

    If that’s your view of current events, then you must be very puzzled at what’s going on right now.

  114. jonwill57 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:14 PM

    Totally irrelevant to the product! Infusing entertainers into the event is a total waste. In fact, let’s just broadcast the game and while we’re at it, eliminate commercials and the national anthem. It’s as divisive as the idiot that lives with his daughter in the really, really White House.

  115. cowboyfan45 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:24 PM

    Great, best opening in Football, far better than Sunday night’s garbage they peddle with a country and pop star when it’s Joan Jett that is known for the song!!.

  116. duffelbagsports says: Jun 5, 2017 1:33 PM

    As the comments on this board prove, sadly we are a divided country and we should all be ashamed.

  117. veddermn8 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:35 PM

    What NFL fan was saying “you know what this MNF game is missing? Hank Williams Jr.” I think some Carrie Underwood type would be a little more appealing. And most people are ignoring the intro to the game anyway and FF past it

  118. smokedpears says: Jun 5, 2017 1:45 PM

    There is no integrity in the media anymore.

  119. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 5, 2017 1:52 PM

    After reading the comments on here it’s easy to understand why the rest of the world wonders what happened to once great US of A.

    I say bring ole Hank on at least you’ll when it’s time to mute the play by play.

  120. fivestarmojo says: Jun 5, 2017 1:55 PM

    Hank Williams Jr. made racist comments and gets to open MFN with teams comprised largely of African Americans. Makes sense after the players taking a knee for police brutality. Good call ESPN. Way to honor those athletes. There isn’t a face palm or eye roll large enough for this move.

  121. bigbluefandom says: Jun 5, 2017 2:05 PM

    patriottony says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:23 AM

    ESPN turning into the Ghetto network,,,all the “experts” will be has beens in purple suits and furs..talking street language,,plain and simple,,you watch…right NOW,,you have nobody in the football/basketball who isn’t a wanna be or has been…no hall of famers,,no real experts. The “women” are on there for their figures,,not their sports knowledge

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

    You are the kind of guy why there is such deep division in the country.

  122. suchapaindude says: Jun 5, 2017 2:08 PM

    At a time when some are criticizing ESPN for being too political (though that’s largely just a euphemism for letting non-white people and women talk),

    Why does PFT try so hard to be political itself?

    What benefit does the euphemism part add?

  123. jikkle49 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:14 PM

    ESPN is appealing to people’s nostalgia with this move.

    If you told a football fan “are you ready for some football” they would instantly recognize it from MNF.

  124. Mike says: Jun 5, 2017 2:23 PM

    How about getting rid of the stupid MNF “open” altogether? Why not just open it like any other game, because that is what it is – just another game.

    I don’t even turn the TV on until 5 minutes after it’s supposed to start, purely to avoid the unnecessary front-end fluff.

  125. bsizemore68 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:41 PM

    I will be happy when Monday Night football starts, Hank was hired to do the intro, you don’t have to watch it. I like Hank Jr, and grew up when his father was still alive, the main point is it should be about the game and not left vs right. Bill

  126. truetrue85 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:44 PM

    Well it’s about damn time

  127. Chad says: Jun 5, 2017 3:22 PM

    hodag54501 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:36 AM
    Lets see…ESPN hires this guy…again.

    NBC opens with Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood.

    Which show open would you rather watch?

    ———————————————-

    Wait what does the show open have to do with choosing what football game to watch. I mean I am not defending what Williams said or the redneck nation that likes him, but that is one weird way of deciding which game you are going to watch.

  128. kerzondax says: Jun 5, 2017 3:38 PM

    Don’t watch MNF anyway because of the horrid announcing crew. But if I ever even thought about watching, I sure won’t now.

  129. nepatriot1 says: Jun 5, 2017 4:03 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 5, 2017 1:52 PM
    After reading the comments on here it’s easy to understand why the rest of the world wonders what happened to once great US of A.

    I say bring ole Hank on at least you’ll when it’s time to mute the play by play.
    ————————
    I agree with what you write on here less than 99.9% of the time, but spot on here. It took less than six months to become a global laughing stock. Way to go climate deniers, same morons that can’t understand a football loosing air in cold weather.

  130. vikinganswer says: Jun 5, 2017 4:50 PM

    didn’t mind looking at Faith Hill. I think I have the right night don’t I?????????????? Back to Hank is a good thing. First step forward for ESPN since they took 250 steps backwards. Sportscenter is unwatchable. Assuming they still have it.

  131. jr4real says: Jun 5, 2017 5:03 PM

    Hank over John Clayton and Ed Werder? Any day of the week!!

  132. kenmasters34 says: Jun 5, 2017 5:23 PM

    They should make the announcing crew do the music video at the beginning. Wrestlers from the 80s made their own intro music, so did the 85 Bears.

  133. bit1001001 says: Jun 5, 2017 5:30 PM

    Couldn’t they have gotten Hank 3 to do the theme instead? Way better than his father.

  134. macneil4025 says: Jun 5, 2017 5:34 PM

    I’ll watch if he pees on fans during his taping of this, isn’t that what he is most famous for! That and being a washed up redneck!

  135. macneil4025 says: Jun 5, 2017 5:38 PM

    This sounds like a network even more desperate then FOX News these days, good lord!

  136. reddogdogred says: Jun 5, 2017 5:45 PM

    niners816 keep sucking your trump and drinking his putin!

  137. bev4hope says: Jun 5, 2017 7:16 PM

    I’ll tune in just after the credits, then. Thanks for the heads-up. Time doesn’t make him any less of a cretin.

  138. TheWizard says: Jun 5, 2017 7:16 PM

    I have no problem with his politics, but don’t understand why they want the howling, bearded creature back again.

  139. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:56 PM

    bsizemore68 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 2:41 PM
    I will be happy when Monday Night football starts, Hank was hired to do the intro, you don’t have to watch it. I like Hank Jr, and grew up when his father was still alive, the main point is it should be about the game and not left vs right. Bill
    **********************************************************************************************************************
    You have to remember that the many of the guys posting here are immature morons that get very brave and insulting behind the safety of their computer keyboards…
    Meet them face to face and it is a different story, Those of us that grew up before the internet and cable TV. I was at a restaurant and a 20 something yr old Lady couldn’t find her phone. You would have thought the World was coming to an end with the scene she made…. So don’t be surprised at the lack of respect given here.

  140. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 6, 2017 1:51 AM

    According to the left, they want equal rights for everyone. Ridicule or criticize President Bush or Trump, that’s fine and dandy, but criticize Obama and you’re automatically called a racist!

    That doesn’t seem like equal treatment to me, that seems like you’re not allowed to criticize a person of color.

  141. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 6, 2017 1:30 PM

    Good. Just not the same without him.

    MNF has become barely a step above Thursday Night Football in terms of popularity.

  142. ibillwt says: Jun 6, 2017 5:14 PM

    Enough with the politics. Can just agree that we prefer Faith Hill or Carrie Underwood?

  143. Angry Orange Man says: Jun 7, 2017 1:16 AM

    Honestly, I’d rather have Hitler or Netanyahu singing than that cringe worthy Carrie Underwood opening. It’s incredibly embarrassing as a Caucasian American.

  144. usedjock says: Jun 8, 2017 12:42 PM

    subotai1 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:49 AM

    How about better matchups and bringing Clayton and Werder back? That would really show ESPN is ready for some football. Having a country singer yelling for the first 5 mins of a program ain’t gonna make much of a difference if two crappy teams are playing and the “analysis” during and after the game sucks.

    Yes I agree lets get Clayton and Werder back you two reporters who reported things and not just yell opinions at someone else.

    As for who sings the opening I could care less let’s skip that stuff and just get to the game. And if you have to have someone singing I will say I prefer Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill and NOT for political reasons.

  145. moezilla says: Jun 9, 2017 6:27 AM

    dickroy says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:33 AM
    The only thing the left will tolerate are ideas that they agree with.
    ——————————————–
    Pretty sure….actually absolutely sure that this is a problem present on both sides of the aisle.

  146. sychosam28 says: Jun 9, 2017 6:05 PM

    Just play the game I’m tired of all the pregame BS!

  147. Hooboy says: Jun 10, 2017 8:22 AM

    Well, he did have a song that fit perfectly, catch phrase and everything. And since then they have not had much luck. They have broght in many country stars pretty much all more talented than HWJ but none has managed to hit the nail on the head quite as well.

  148. vavikingfan says: Jun 11, 2017 6:09 PM

    I thought the object of MNF was to broadcast a football game and Williams being there or not being there makes no difference to me since I mute the game anyway.

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