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ESPN Fires Hank Williams Jr. After Controversial Comments

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 11:15AM
America will soon be looking for another way to get ready for some football.

ESPN announced today that it had formally cut ties with country singer Hank Williams Jr., whose song 'All My Rowdy Friends' served as the intro to the network's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast. Williams, and the song had been temporarily suspended by the network for this week's Bucs vs. Colts game in the wake of comments he made on 'Fox & Friends' comparing President Obama to Hitler.

"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr.," ESPN said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

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Colbert Wasn't 'Ready For Some Football' Without Hank Williams Jr. (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2011 4:15AM
'The Colbert Report'Apparently, Hank Williams Jr.'s weekly contribution to 'Monday Night Football' was more important than we ever realized. Stephen Colbert detailed just how lost he was when ESPN opted not to use it as the intro this week on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

The decision came after Williams made controversial statements on the 'Fox & Friends' show equating President Obama to Adolf Hitler. But with so little warning, the absence of Williams' song left Colbert in fact "dangerously unprepared for some football."

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All Danny wants for Festivus

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 24th 2009 5:02PM
I love Christmas. It is the best holiday. If all of the holidays grew asses, Christmas could kick every other holiday's ass by ripping off their ass and beating them to death with said ass.

It's perfect on every conceivable level. It aims to achieve total peace and tranquility of the human spirit and singularity of the soul through the selfless act of giving. Of course, in order for that to work, someone has to be on the receiving end and I'm more than willing to have my every dream fulfilled in the name of calming the cosmic waves.

So here's my wish list to Santa or Jesus or Buddha or whomever holds the universe in balance for things to suck less until the next holiday.

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ESPN sets record with Monday's Saints-Pats game

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 3rd 2009 10:02AM
MNF_logoOn Monday night, ESPN had one of the best NFL match ups of the season -- the undefeated New Orleans Saints versus perennial powerhouse New England Patriots. The game was, perhaps, a preview of the Super Bowl because it's entirely possible that the Saints and the Pats could make it through the playoffs to the ultimate game.

Well, without much more than the usual hype, ESPN's Monday Night Football got the huge audience this kind of contest warrants. It was the second most-watched cable program of all time. Yes, you read that correctly. The second most-watched cable program of all time. Over 20 million total viewers -- 21.4 million -- tuned in to watch the game... which turned out to be a bit of a dud. But that doesn't matter to ESPN because they scored big time.

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Sorry, Notre Dame, Jon Gruden's committed to ESPN

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 16th 2009 4:04PM
jon_gruden_ESPNThings are not going well for Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis. He's in the midst of a rough season, not likely to make a bowl game, and rumors are rampant that he will be fired after a five-year-term that has not brought the university a national championship. The number one name on the lips of everyone to replace Weis is ESPN analyst, and Super Bowl-winning head coach, Jon Gruden. However, this morning ESPN locked up Gruden with an extension on his current contract which expands his responsibilities as an ESPN talking head.

In addition to sticking with the ESPN Monday Night Football color commentary role -- in which he's pretty much been Mr. Enthusiasm -- Gruden will be working the NFL Draft, the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl week, and on radio the Rose Bowl and the BCS game. Basically, if Gruden is talking football, he's doing it on ESPN air.

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ESPN | Monday Night Football Schedule | MNF | Results

by Anthony Colarusso, posted Oct 27th 2009 12:23AM
Since 1970 the NFL has aired nearly 600 matchups on Monday night, and the broadcasts' consistently stellar ratings have made 'Monday Night Football' one of primetime television's all-time most successful shows. The 2009 season marks the live sports showcase's 40th anniversary -- and to help you celebrate, we've got your complete schedule of all this year's Monday Night matchups and results. The only question is, are you ready for some football?

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Idol's Ellen DeGeneres decision sounds eerily similar to MNF's Dennis Miller manuever

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 10th 2009 2:07PM
Ellen DegeneresNow regular Squad hoppers know I'm no drooling American Idol watcher, so maybe you think my opinions on this show are worth less than the U.S. dollar injected with swine flu.

But this move to bring in Ellen DeGeneres, a talk show host, actress and comedian, screams of another move in the world of TV commentating. A move that seemed well reasoned enough but went down in a glorious ball of blue and orange flames on live television.

Comedian and long time TV fixture Dennis Miller's very short stint as the color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football screams of similarities louder than that guy in the Edvard Munch painting watching the Orson Welles sex tape. Great, Miller's voice is back in my head again. Thanks cha cha, I mean, Ellen.

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Monday Night Football shakeup: Kornheiser out, Gruden in

by Allison Waldman, posted May 18th 2009 3:37PM
Monday nightThere'll be a new face in the Monday Night Football booth this season. Pardon The Interruption's Tony Kornheiser is out after three years and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach – and Super Bowl winner -- Jon Gruden, is in. Gruden, who was dumped by the Bucs at the end of last season, has been sitting in on ESPN as a commentator, so this is a logical progression for him, although he does claim that he wants to be a head coach again some time in the future.

That's an interesting notion because usually when a guy gets into the booth, he doesn't get out. Dick Vermeil is one of the few to jump back and forth; John Madden, who retired from NBC less than a month ago, was one who never returned to the sidelines.

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Ebersol says Madden retirement will stick; Collinsworth named as replacement

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 16th 2009 2:24PM
John Madden retiresJohn Madden is done. NBC announced today that Madden, perhaps the most famous broadcaster in football history apart from Howard Cosell, is retiring from the booth after covering the NFL for 30 years, winning 16 Emmys and the admiration of football friends everywhere.

Madden addressed listeners this morning on KCBS in San Francisco about the decision, which was obviously not easy for him. "I decided to retire," he said. "Heck I can't even say it. It's tough, not because I'm not sure it's the right time. I really feel strongly this is the right time. I'm just going to miss everything about it because I enjoyed it so much."

Football is in Madden's blood. He's a Hall of Fame coach, winning the Super Bowl with the Raiders in 1977, a college stand-out offensive tackle from California Polytechnic State University, and his Madden NFL is a perennial best-selling video game on multiple platforms. He joined ABC's Monday Night Football crew in 2002, and spent the past three years on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

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John Madden retires from NFL broadcasting

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 16th 2009 12:29PM
madden nbcBoom! Faster than you can say, "Tough actin' Tinactin," NFL Hall of Famer John Madden, the legendary voice of Monday Night Football and the creator of EA Sports video game Madden NFL Football, has decided to take himself out of the game. Madden's retiring from broadcasting. He'll be leaving NBC's Football Game of the Week as the color commentator; Al Michaels is continuing at the play by play voice.

The fact that Madden has retired at 73 is not really a surprise. This is the same guy that walked away from the Oakland Raiders head coaching position (when it still was a prestigious gig) after winning a Super Bowl and while he was still a young man.

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What to Watch Monday, Dec. 22

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 22nd 2008 5:00AM
the hills'The Hills'
(10PM, MTV) 4th season finale
Dra-ma! Or, at least, the pseudo-real 'Hills' variety of drama.

The fourth season wraps with a visit from Heidi's mom, who, as we all know from that interview she gave to US Weekly, is not so thrilled with her baby's marriage to Spencer. Mom, and everyone else who thinks the evil Spencer has manipulated Heidi, may be in for a Christmas miracle, though, as it appears the duo's Mexico wedding may not have been legal.

Meanwhile, with her future as Mrs. Pratt in limbo, Heidi turns her attention elsewhere -- a reunion with her former BFF Lauren, while the biggest shocker of all revolves Audrina and Justin Bobby, who actually plots a surprise vacay for Audrina.

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Monday Night Football to feature McCain & Obama on election eve

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2008 2:15PM
MNFAt the rate they're going, the 2008 presidential candidates will have made appearances on every kind of TV program before voting day arrives. No show is too insignificant, it seems. (Seriously, if only we could have seen Obama and McCain do the cha-cha on Dancing with the Stars!)

Therefore, it comes as no big shock that on the eve of the election -- Monday, November 3 -- the presidential candidates are going to appear on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

They will be interviewed -- separately on tape -- by half-time anchor Chris "Boomer" Berman. The anticipated time is 10:15 p.m. (ET), but because of the flow of the game, it could be closer to 10:30.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending October 7

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 10th 2007 1:33PM

MLB logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. Monday Night Football (ESPN)
2. Baseball - Indians/Yankees Game 3 (TBS)
3. Baseball - Indians/Yankees Game 2 (TBS)
4. Baseball - Indians/Yankees Game 1 (TBS)
5. Baseball - Angels/Red Sox Game 2 (TBS)
6. Baseball - Angels/Red Sox Game 1 (TBS)
7. Baseball - Cubs/Diamondbacks Game 1 (TBS)
8. Baseball - Cubs/Diamondbacks Game 3 (TBS)
9. WWE Monday Night RAW (USA)
10. Baseball - Angels/Red Sox Game 3 (TBS)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending September 23

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 26th 2007 8:00AM

Burn NoticeHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. Monday Night Football (ESPN)
2. Hannah Montana (Disney)
3. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
4. Burn Notice (USA)
5. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
6. College Football (ESPN)
7. Freaky Friday (Disney)
8. Holes (Disney)
9. Saving Grace (TNT)
10. Cory in the House (Disney)

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Nielsen basic cable ratings for the week ending December 31

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2007 8:15AM
ESPN logo1. Monday Night Football (ESPN)
2. College Football: Texas vs. Iowa (ESPN)
3. College Football: Georgia vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN)
4. College Football: Florida State vs. UCLA (ESPN)
5. Sportscenter (ESPN)
6. College Football: Texas A&M vs. California (ESPN)
7. College Football: Navy vs. Boston College (ESPN)
8. The Funniest Commercials of 2006 (TBS)
9. Monday Night Countdown (ESPN)
10. Pirates of the Caribbean (USA)

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