Monday Night Football began in an odd, quiet way last night, with a spoken word narrative over football footage. Yawn.
Missing was the pounding piano introduction leading into “Are You Ready” by Hank Williams Jr., the song that’s opened the show for two decades. MNF pulled the song after Williams compared the president to Hitler on a FOX daytime talk show nobody’s ever heard of.
Williams has been a self-absorbed blowhard since the 1970s. He’s written and recorded some great songs, but nobody in music — not even Jerry Lee Lewis — sings about himself in the third person more than ol’ Bocephus. How big of a blowhard is he? Watch the video and see for yourself (be prepared to throw up a little in your mouth):
The Dixie Chicks alienated country fans and radio stations and suffered a career setback in 2003 when they criticized President Bush. Now Williams is getting a taste of political correctness backlash. He issued a statement that sounded more like a justification than an apology, just like the Chicks did when their asses were on the grill.
And, like the Chicks, Williams will survive the media uproar and retain his fans and keep on trucking.
MNF hasn’t announced whether it will ban “Are You Ready” from future broadcasts or whether it was just a one-game suspension.
They should find a fresh song. “Ready” went stale about 10 years ago.
How about something by Hank Williams III? He’s got some fresh, rowdy songs. But there’s no telling what Tricephus will say in interviews since he’s even wilder than his old man.
Here’s Tricephus performing in Fort Worth (ear muffs!):