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Monday Night Football’s intro will be rightfully transformed: Fan take
Monday Night Football will never be the same. ESPN pulled its iconic introduction song entitled "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" after the famous owner of the song compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. Hank Williams Jr. made statements on Fox News Oct. 3, calling Obama the enemy and comparing his policies to those of a person responsible for the deaths of millions. ESPN made the decision to change the intro two nights later.
The song has been a hit since 1989 as it opened the stage for the NFL's weekly stage production called Monday Night Football. The lyrics were altered each week depending upon which teams were playing.
The new introduction will involve former running back Barry Sanders in some way. He will not be singing but instead the piece will feature some piece on the city where the game is being held. The format will be used for the rest of the 2011 season.
Whether you agree or disagree with Williams' comments is beside the point. A football icon has passed to oblivion and both ESPN and the singer are taking credit for yanking the song. Williams gets to keep playing his song as he owns the rights to the music and lyrics.
It will be interesting to see what kinds of signs show up at Ford Field in Detroit Oct. 10 for a showdown between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. That will be the first night ESPN's new intro will air. ESPN's camera crews might be prepared to avoid focusing on signs that say "Are you ready for some football?" Anyone in the stadium won't hear or see the act, but having Sanders on board will be a nice touch since he played his entire career in Detroit. This year, his team is off to a 4-0 start.
Williams' song is just like everything else. It can never truly be replaced, only succeeded. ESPN will find something. Just as trends change and people get demoted at work, something else comes in to fill the void. Super Bowl commercials can become instant hits. So too will ESPN's new MNF theme when they unveil it next year.
For Williams, he always says snarky and conservative things surrounding American values. He is just as much a part Americana as the NFL itself. He complained ESPN is punishing the singer for exercising his First Amendment rights to free speech. ESPN on the other hand has a brand and reputation to uphold. If one of its employees were to act up and do something unruly, that person would get fired like anyone else in America.
The MNF intro was pulled, and rightfully so. America does have free speech but we also have standards. ESPN did the correct thing. Williams will still make money on his albums, ESPN will still get ratings for its football games. After all, both entities understand that entertainment is about the main act and not the warm ups.
William Browning is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs after latching on to the team during the lean years of St. Louis football. Born in the gateway city, he is also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
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