"In terms of the big stuff, things like education, poverty and public health, Alabama and Louisiana feed at or near the bottom of the national rankings. But when it comes to college football, we can raise our over-sized foam index fingers to the world with pride."
Hours after Hank Williams Jr. compared President Obama to the Nazi leader on an appearance on “Fox and Friends” Monday, ESPN pulled Williams’ familiar “Monday Night Football” theme song—and its “Are you ready for some football?” refrain—from its telecast.
“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,’ ” ESPN said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
Williams’ song, “All My Rowdy Friends,” had opened “Monday Night Football” broadcasts for 20 years.
The country singer and aspiring politician was a guest on “Fox and Friends” to break down the 2012 GOP presidential field.
Williams—who campaigned for John McCain in 2008—said the president’s golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner at the height of the debt deal talks in June “would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” later calling Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “the enemy.”