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Monday Night Football ditches musical intro — but feel free to hum to yourself

Sep 10, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

hankjr. AP

Thanks for ruining it for everyone, Hank (waves hand dismissively, stomps from room).

In case you’re wondering who will sing the new musical intro for Monday Night Football this year, you can stop wondering. There won’t be one.

As you no doubt recall, Hank Williams Jr.’s recurring MNF musical intro was pulled last October after the country music star, in a Fox News interview, likened President Obama to Hitler (wise career move). ESPN subsequently experimented with various other artists to open the broadcast, but this season concluded that it just wasn’t worth it.

ESPN tonight will open its telecast of Bengals-Ravens with video of the teams’ players, interspersed with footage shot from a Ravens bar to signify the excitement around Monday night football. “The thought was that rather than chase the next artist and the next song, what we have is pretty good and very high-end and could be water cooler talk,” ESPN “MNF” Senior Coordinating Producer Jay Rothman said. “At the end of the day, fans are tuning in for a football game. No matter the match-up.”

Another change: ESPN will no longer announce the starting lineups. Which provides that much more time to hit the fridge enjoy analysis by the broadcast crew.

  1. mybrunoblog - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Hank Williams Jr is as crazy as Courtney Love with a crack pipe but I liked that MNF song. Couldn’t they have just cut old crazy Hank out and kept the song?

    • 12is3times4 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      No, they couldn’t, at least not without forking over some dough to Hank. He owns the rights to the song, as it was based on a song he wrote and recorded several years before MNF started using it. (The original lyric was “All my rowdy friends are comin’ over tonight.”)

  2. jimsjam33 - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    No problem . NBC can re-instate Hank Williams Jr. and his ” Classic ” MNF football song after Obama tanks this fall . Give the people what they want ! Hank Williams Jr. and MNF . Keep politics on the sidelines ; afterall , there is a little matter of the First Amendment which guarantee’s Hank the right to speak his mind . Obama is a NBA er and if he’s not President who gives a sneeze about him .

    • dowhatifeellike - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      The first amendment only protects you from the government; private enterprise can do whatever they like.

  3. jimsjam33 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    LOL ,

    You don’t think MSNBC isn’t in the back pocket of the White House ? Puleeze ! Hank Williams Jr. was fired because the Obama forces don’t like their boat rocked on their puppet channel . That’s not the point . The song is ‘ Classic . ” It should be on MNF . The President should deal with matters of the economy . All he did was put a good ole country boy out of work …along with 23,000,000 other good folks . Leave football alone .

    • Rick Chandler - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:25 AM

      MSNBC has Monday Night Football now? And in your previous comment, you had it on NBC. Wake me when you get to Nickelodeon.

  4. skids003 - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I bet Rick would like for Rosie O’donnell to sing the new MNF song.

    • apmn - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      I thought that was Rosie O’Donnell singing it all these years.

  5. lexyb9 - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Thank God! The world of sports (football) will be complete if College Game Day can get rid the clowns and crap that intros their program on Saturdays.