Sep 10, 2012, 4:20 PM EST
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.
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