A discussion of Hank Williams Jr. started a verbal fight on ESPN

Chris Chase
Shutdown Corner

Sirius radio host Bomani Jones, Alabama radio personality Paul Finebaum and Dave Zirin of "The Nation" appeared on Thursday's edition of "Outside the Lines" to discuss the Hank Williams Jr. controversy. How did a television panel with an outspoken radio host, a Southern provocateur and a sportswriter for one of the more liberal publications in the country turn out? Exactly like the bookers wanted!

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Watch as the seven-minute segment quickly devolves into chaos that includes talk of racism, the Holocaust, the Civil War and, of course, the dude from Hootie & the Blowfish:

How does Bomani Jones not have a big-time radio job? I heard that guy speak at a conference last month and could have listened to him go on all day. He tees up Finebaum with ease. I thought Zirin missed the mark a bit; it was like he couldn't articulate the absurdity of what Finebaum was spouting.

And so it goes that a discussion about an ESPN decision on an ESPN show turned into an ESPN argument and, thus, more publicity for ESPN's "Monday Night Football"; as will the first official non-Williams intro and the inevitable decision for which song will replace Williams' "Are you ready for some football?" tune. Well played, everybody. Well played.

Thanks, Guyism

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