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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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: espn; hankwilliamsjr; williams
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To: SwatTeam
not a bunch of fluff and crap just to satisfy the pc police.

I suspect it's more about some genius Ivy League programming consultant who promised that the NFL would get higher ratings if they could just do something to attract women viewers. What a low opinion they seem to have of the intelligence of the fairer sex.

Yeah, it's teetering on the unwatchable at this point. The rank hypocrisy of the treatment of Rush Limbaugh and Hank Williams certainly does not help.

51 posted on 10/04/2011 7:07:41 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: AngryJawa

Well, all the women I know who like football don’t like all the bs. I happen to be a woman who has watched football for decades
and have even had women over to watch with me. My husband quit watching fb when all this fluff started. And I have lost
interest because of it too. Not being able to drink beer any more might also have contributed to my disinterest. lol
I now record a game I might want to watch and ff thru all the crap later. Baseball is not over yet and that has my full attention.


52 posted on 10/04/2011 7:29:31 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: New Jersey Realist

“No one seemed to mind when famous people made terrible comments about George W. Bush.”

I agree, and I like HW Jr, but publicly calling 0bama — or any other occupant of the WH “Hitler” is going to draw repercussions. Williams should’ve thought a couple steps ahead before making that comment. ESPN exercised a business decision in dropping him.

Remember, the Dixie Chicks’ careers were (rightly) never the same after they caused that flap with their comments about Bush while in London.


53 posted on 10/04/2011 7:39:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: ScottinVA
Correcting own post:

but publicly calling comparing 0bama — or any other occupant of the WH to “Hitler”

54 posted on 10/04/2011 7:42:47 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: ScottinVA
ESPN has the right to be who they are and hire/fire at will. That said, your comparison of the Dixie Chix is totally wrong. The 'Chix' were blasted all over the news, on magazine covers, and tried to be promoted as hard as they ever have been.

What happened is that the 'Chix' audience predominately leaned "conservative" which made TV exects uncomfortable, not the what the 'Chix' said. Totalitarians hailed the 'Chix' but their audience turned their back on them which meant potential lower ratings, lower sales and nervous advertisers. In ESPN's case, there ideology quickly canned Williams, Jr, not the audience. Heck, most of the football audience probably agreed with the analogy Jr. made.

Is Hank Jr. going to get the "cover" treatment?





Are Time Magazine or another mainstream rag going to offer Hank Jr. a sympathetic spin?
55 posted on 10/04/2011 8:17:02 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: rollo tomasi
The 'Chix' were blasted all over the news, on magazine covers, and tried to be promoted as hard as they ever have been.

I get what you're saying about the Dixie Chicks being trumpeted and praised in the media... my point was directed at the loss of CD sales and fan reaction (at which I was quite pleased to see!). They never reached anywhere near their high point again.

As for ESPN's ideology, my point was Williams might've been wise to take that into account before the analogy to Hitler. But hindsight = 20/20.

56 posted on 10/04/2011 8:33:55 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Normally the “shut up and sing” does apply.

However, Fox had him as a guest on their show “Fox and Friends” not to sing, but to talk.

They have a right to pull the song, but first, they are lying - he didn’t say Obama was like Hitler. Second, if someone you invite onto your talk show says something you don’t like, it’s petty to lie about it and then because of the lie of yours, slam them by messing up their business relationship.

They have a right to do it, and I have a right to say I think they are petty stupid liars.


57 posted on 10/04/2011 8:52:51 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ml/nj

I watched one NFL game since 2007. I’m surprised it’s still so popular, not a very good product. College football on the other hand, that’s still football, for now. I’m sick of the helmet to helmet penalties.


58 posted on 10/04/2011 9:58:19 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: ScottinVA

This will probably increase Hank’s popularity with his audience who mostly hate Obama. I noticed he was also wearing his Bama hat during the interview. Roll Tide!


59 posted on 10/04/2011 10:15:54 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: SwatTeam

Although Cosell did take a big of hit from the PC police back in ‘83 when he famously remarked (about Redskins’ wide receiver Alvin Garrett) “that little monkey gets loose, doesn’t he?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVScwog05Xw


60 posted on 10/04/2011 10:20:47 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

Yeah, I remember that. Too bad it wasn’t shouted down at the time. Cosell did not mean anything by that statement other
than the fact that he was fast.


61 posted on 10/04/2011 11:20:20 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: ScottinVA
When Chris Fowler can imply that people who didn't vote for Obama are racists (And does not get reprimanded) then you better prop up the totalitarian in the White House or else.
62 posted on 10/04/2011 1:44:21 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: rollo tomasi

Yep.. it is indeed a double standard. Bill Maher can say the most vile things about conservatives and he`s lauded. It makes me sick.


63 posted on 10/04/2011 3:32:01 PM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: indylindy

Probably some anti-American liberal POS like Tony Bennett.


64 posted on 10/04/2011 3:38:06 PM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: ScottinVA

I figured Lady Gaga. So far, 64 posts and nobody can tell me who opened in the place of Hank! LOL

Of course, the Colts stink this year and I didn’t stay up to watch them.


65 posted on 10/04/2011 3:51:40 PM PDT by dforest
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To: indylindy

Next years roster (salary cap limited)

Peyton Manning
Andrew Luck
Robert Mathis
Dwight Freeney
49 CYO players


66 posted on 10/04/2011 3:55:07 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

Very soon, the Clots, uh Colts, will have to go quarterback shopping. Manning is aging. Been there a long time now.

Maybe that is why they intend to tank out.


67 posted on 10/04/2011 3:58:17 PM PDT by dforest
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To: scooby321
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."

Yep, the double standard is nauseating. Had an ESPN employee said that a any Dem politician his/her ass would've been canned within the hour.

68 posted on 10/04/2011 7:26:38 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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