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ESPN pulls Williams from MNF opening
ESPN ^ | 10/4/2011 | espn.com

Posted on 10/04/2011 5:01:11 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist

The Hank Williams Jr. song that has opened Monday Night Football for 20 years was not part of the opening of this week's Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game after Williams made controversial comments about President Barack Obama.

Williams compared Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" show Monday morning.

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

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KEYWORDS: espn; hankwilliamsjr; williams
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No one seemed to mind when famous people made terrible comments about George W. Bush. Our divider-in-chief should tell ESPN that people have the freedom to express their feelings in this country. Obama's job creation count is MINUS one more.
1 posted on 10/04/2011 5:01:12 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist
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To: New Jersey Realist

Who didn’t see THAT coming?


2 posted on 10/04/2011 5:02:53 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Shut up and sing—isn’t that the mantra?


3 posted on 10/04/2011 5:05:14 AM PDT by Huck (Save a pretzel for the gas jets!!)
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To: Roccus

Tell me this doesn’t take Faith Hill off please!


4 posted on 10/04/2011 5:05:19 AM PDT by malos (Call Me Inpressed)
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To: New Jersey Realist
Our divider-in-chief should tell ESPN that people have the freedom to express their feelings in this country.

And the liberal schmucks at ESPN have the freedom to yank Hank's "Are you ready for some football?!" opening for whatever reason they choose. There was no first amendment violation here. ...which should be obvious.

5 posted on 10/04/2011 5:08:00 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: New Jersey Realist

Jr should sue espn just to showcase the pc idiocy for all to see.


6 posted on 10/04/2011 5:08:09 AM PDT by mirkwood (obama-the fresh prince of bill ayers (attackwatch))
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To: New Jersey Realist

Did anyone see what they replaced Hank with?


7 posted on 10/04/2011 5:09:21 AM PDT by dforest
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To: malos

doubt it, she and husband supported obama in last election.


8 posted on 10/04/2011 5:09:33 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Notice they said they were pulling the intro “for tonight’s game”.

Let’s see if it isn’t back in the near future.


9 posted on 10/04/2011 5:10:19 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: indylindy

Given their perverted political views... Lady Gaga? Prince? Boy George?


10 posted on 10/04/2011 5:11:09 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I’m sure they were just itching to find a reason to remove that garbage, after 20 years, I think people were getting tired of it.


11 posted on 10/04/2011 5:14:21 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

“We are extremely disappointed with his comments”

I’m not. I’m proud of him.

I’m also beginning to see how PC and panty-waist the NFL is. Gutless and directionless.


12 posted on 10/04/2011 5:15:43 AM PDT by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Well he may have been compared Bambi to Netanyahu, or not comparing him to anyone at all. So long MNF - who needs it?


13 posted on 10/04/2011 5:16:09 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: New Jersey Realist
Our house wrote to ESPN to complain.

Bush was called everything under the sun including Hitler, and Chimpy (with photos to match).

This censorship of what we can say about this idiot president is indicative of a country under a dictatorial rule.

Now we know why Maxine Waters asked for permission to speak against Obama!

14 posted on 10/04/2011 5:19:06 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (Cain 2012........)
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To: demshateGod

Yeah, I far preferred the pre-game MNF music back when Frank, Howard, and Dandy Don were calling the games. I have no quarrel with Hank personally, but that particular tune of his is very lame.


15 posted on 10/04/2011 5:20:37 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: RoadTest

This has back-fired on ESPN!

More folks are aware of it than if they would have broadcasted the show and cut the Nazi comment.

Thank you Hank for telling it like it is!


16 posted on 10/04/2011 5:20:50 AM PDT by not2worry (A credible message needs a credible messenger because charisma without character is catastrophe. M)
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To: New Jersey Realist
Hate to do an 'I told you so' but I called this at 8:33 yesterday morning

.... they'll hound this poor man out of his NFL opening song over this .... @ 15

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17 posted on 10/04/2011 5:21:05 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Huck

Yes. Yes it is.


18 posted on 10/04/2011 5:24:06 AM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for NO additional charge!)
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To: Huck

Maybe I’m splitting hairs, but Williams did NOT call Barry “Hitler”. If they wanted to fire Williams for airing his conservative views, they’d be within their rights. But they didn’t do that, did they? They fired Williams instead for something he DIDN’T say, rather than defend themselves for firing him for something he DID say. FWIW, ESPN and the National Felons League can go straight to Hades. I won’t watch either anymore.


19 posted on 10/04/2011 5:26:18 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

This from a network that used to employ Keith Olberman???


20 posted on 10/04/2011 5:29:10 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: New Jersey Realist

In other news, the rumor is Madonna will be sanctioned to be the halftime performer at the Super Bowl. She called Palin a “bitch” and during a concert tour had a video which quickly juxtaposed pictures of Bush, Hitler, and Mugabe. The inference was clear Bush=Hitler.

Yeah NFL, really that’s what I look forward to seeing on Super Bowl Sunday- Madonna singing “I touch myself” or “like a virgin” before a nationwide audience.


21 posted on 10/04/2011 5:33:21 AM PDT by pineybill
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To: New Jersey Realist

I’m done with ESPN.


22 posted on 10/04/2011 5:36:25 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Huck

Yes, private company.


23 posted on 10/04/2011 5:36:32 AM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: New Jersey Realist
How about this for a crazy idea:

Maybe they should just show the freaking game sans all the song-and-dance routines, animated robots, inane sideline reporterettes, and gauzy sob stories about the 350lb nosetackle's sick kitten. NFL football can surely hold its own as entertainment without all the BS. Between that list of crap and the number of ED commercials, it's getting hard to watch.

24 posted on 10/04/2011 5:40:04 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: New Jersey Realist
This whole episode points out the bias and ignorance of the media, Fox included!

Hank Williams Jr. pointed out that Obama and Biden are as poles apart from the mentioned Republicans as Adolf Hitler would have been from the Prime Minister of Israel.

It is bias that the media is accusing Williams of comparing Obama to Hitler.

The media is out creating news, again.

25 posted on 10/04/2011 5:46:48 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: New Jersey Realist
If Hank had only used the phrase "Oil & Water".

Oh, wait!

Oil is Black, Obamah is 1/2 Black. ...racist comment.

Sorry, moving along.

26 posted on 10/04/2011 5:48:14 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Eff ESPN and all who bow to politically correct nonsense. I would confidently wager that pulling Williams cost many more viewers than leaving him on would have. His comments were actually pretty innocuous, but I wonder whom he had in mind as the third stooge: Holder, Napolitano, Geitner, Sibelius, or Hillary? So many to choose from!


27 posted on 10/04/2011 5:51:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: New Jersey Realist
Williams compared Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" show Monday morning.

He most certainly did not! Read the transcript or watch the clip, ESPN.

28 posted on 10/04/2011 5:53:03 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Huck

Shut up and sing—isn’t that the mantra?
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It’s sure mine. The only problem I have with this is ESPN’s hypocrisy. A few weeks ago some ESPN anchor had Mike Tyson on his program. Tyson was allowed to make the most revolting sexual comments about Sara Palin and the anchors openly giggled at his comments (Google Mike Tyson/Sara Palin). Afterwards, nothing was stated from ESPN’s higher ups that I’m aware of. So it seems that if you are a conservative you’d better censor your speech. And if you are liberal spewing vile remarks about a conservative woman, you’re just fine.


29 posted on 10/04/2011 5:56:58 AM PDT by navymom1
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To: AngryJawa

Angry-Jawa, you my friend just hit it out of the park. The NFL show is getting unwatchable. I tape them and watch 20 min of football without any of their crap. FF through So that is at least 2 hours of crap we have to deal with. Will not me. ESPN and the NFL are fast becoming useless.


30 posted on 10/04/2011 5:57:30 AM PDT by Pit1 ( Sarah is the one. She will bring a totally new tone to any debate.)
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To: Redleg Duke

George Lopez was on FNC this morning, said something controversial about Herman Cain. I didn’t see what followed, so I’m wondering if the hosts gave Lopez the same treatment Williams got....


31 posted on 10/04/2011 5:57:45 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: Rummyfan

This will be Rush’s lead today, and his monologue will be priceless. Listen and enjoy the double standards that he most surely will intone, as he skewers ESPN for their blatant, and POLITICAL hypocrisy.


32 posted on 10/04/2011 5:58:02 AM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: Rummyfan

Political Correctness is the politically correct term for “Cultural Marxism”.


33 posted on 10/04/2011 5:58:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: navymom1

That’s fine. You don’t have to patronize ESPN. I don’t.


34 posted on 10/04/2011 6:00:46 AM PDT by Huck (Save a pretzel for the gas jets!!)
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To: AngryJawa

Ain’t it the truth! I remember when football was just that, football.


35 posted on 10/04/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT by tal hajus ("Thank you sir. May I have another?" GOP)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Sounds like a move concocted by the intelligence of the officiating corps... That fluffy bunch on MNF are about as puss-filled as Zero, anyway. NFL football sucks!


36 posted on 10/04/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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Yes you are right my friend “
“Political Correctness is the politically correct term for Cultural Marxism.””

And what is infuriating is that there are a small percentage of so-called conservatives (a few on FR as well) who will gladly agree with this decision by the liberal scum at ESPN.

37 posted on 10/04/2011 6:04:43 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: indylindy

“Did anyone see what they replaced Hank with?”

Heck no! Just didn’t want to be part of any PC cr@p. Went to bed early for a change. n/s


38 posted on 10/04/2011 6:07:52 AM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kuffir!)
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To: 101voodoo

Bunch of thin skinned femme ninnies at ESPN. Jr.rattled some off the cuff remarks inferring a comparison type. Perhaps it was over the edge but he didn’t write song lyrics over it. Some freedom of speech. I am currently and will still not be a subscriber to watch ESPN.


39 posted on 10/04/2011 6:09:58 AM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: mirkwood
Jr should sue espn just to showcase the pc idiocy for all to see.

On what grounds?

40 posted on 10/04/2011 6:13:03 AM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: indylindy

Sunday night football looking for a theme song? Although another liberal hack network.


41 posted on 10/04/2011 6:13:17 AM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: ohioman

The “are you a hypocrite” question would be -

has any person equating Bush with Hitler been fired from your organization?


42 posted on 10/04/2011 6:19:08 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Rummyfan
He most certainly did not! Read the transcript or watch the clip, ESPN.

Notice how effective the media has been in getting Americans to believe that Williams compared Obama to Hitler? You are right...he didn't.

43 posted on 10/04/2011 6:25:15 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

heh, heh....building an American folk hero...and needed at this time...

Semper Watching!


44 posted on 10/04/2011 6:26:23 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: demshateGod
I think people were getting tired of it.

Speaking of getting tired, I planned to watch the game 'til halftime. But when the cut away for another stupid "automatic" review of a touchdown, I turned the TV off before they could cut away for a commercial.

(And I've always thought the HW MNF opening was stupid.)

ML/NJ

45 posted on 10/04/2011 6:29:41 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Mr. Mojo
And the liberal schmucks at ESPN have the freedom to yank Hank's "Are you ready for some football?!" opening for whatever reason they choose. There was no first amendment violation here. ...which should be obvious.

Yup, there's no such thing as a right of free speech in private industry. It's amazing how many folks don't know that.

46 posted on 10/04/2011 6:33:03 AM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: KevinB
Kenny Mayne has his own show on ESPN.

Kenny Mayne's twitter account said this " "Almost Rammed Car With Palin Bumper Sticker but held up might have been kids in the car."

47 posted on 10/04/2011 6:49:50 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: New Jersey Realist
JR. should reciprocate by pulling their license to his song "Are You Ready For Some Football"
48 posted on 10/04/2011 6:54:17 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: AngryJawa

I absolutely agree! I really miss Frank, Dandy Don and even Howard. That was real football and good commentary, not
a bunch of fluff and crap just to satisfy the pc police.


49 posted on 10/04/2011 6:57:16 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: New Jersey Realist
Must have the same brand of butt lickers at ESPN as in the White House. Never a word out of these righteous folk when it comes from a socialist. Too bad they can't stick to sports and STAY THE HELL OUT OF POLITICS.
50 posted on 10/04/2011 7:00:32 AM PDT by JayAr36
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