Hank Williams Jr. Song Gets Pulled From Monday Night Football

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Hank Williams Jr. song that opened Monday Night Football games for the past 20 years was pulled after the country singer made an analogy comparing Adolf Hitler with President Obama.

Williams, in an interview Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends", said about a golf outing Obama had with House Speaker John Bohner: "(It) would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu ... In the shape this country is in?"

"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."

The singer, whose song "All My Rowdy Friends" opened MNF games with the line "Are you ready for some football?" since 1991 said: "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme -- but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me -- how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president."

Terry Francona, the former Boston Red Sox manager, would manage next season if offered the chance, a source close to Francona said.
Terry Francona

It was announced last Friday that Francona and the Red Sox were parting ways after eight seasons and two World Series championships, including the club's first in 86 seasons.

Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin will be one of the candidates interviewed for the vacant Red Sox managerial position, a source close to the Red Sox told ESPN's Buster Olney.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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