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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr. song from MNF intro after controversy

10.04.11 at 8:00 am ET
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WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
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AROUND THE WEB:

ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.‘s song from “Monday Night Football” after the singer compared Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler during an appearance on a Fox News show earlier in the day. Williams, who also referred to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as “the enemy,” did not apologize in a statement released through his publicist later in the day, but he did claim “I have always respected the office of the president.”

ESPN released a statement that read: “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.’ 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 Are Here on Monday Night,” has been used in the MNF intro since 1989.

♦ One week after criticizing Jets coach Rex Ryan, Joe Namath spread his venom around after Sunday’s loss to the Ravens dropped New York to 2-2. The former Jets star questioned receiver Santonio Holmes for complaining about the offensive line’s lack of protection for Mark Sanchez, although Namath agreed with Holmes’ assessment. “He’s right about the offensive line, but that can create a problem in the locker room,” Namath said in an ESPN Radio interview, calling the O-line “scary.”

Namath also criticized general manager Mike Tannenbaum, mainly for failing to acknowledge his drafting last year of UMass offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse was a mistake. “I’m not sure what’s going on there,” Namath said. “We picked some poor players and we’re not owning up to it. That’s what it amounts to. You’ve got guys on the roster who have been picked and you keep trying to say, ‘OK, they’re going to work out.’ Well, guess what? We tried that with [Vernon] Gholston and it didn’t work out. You have to [say], ‘Hey, I made a bad pick, a bad selection,’ and move on. The Jets didn’t do that and it’s a little late for the season to get it righted.”

The Jets insist Namath’s comments don’t matter. “We don’t care one but what Joe Namath has to say,” center Matt Slauson said. “He means nothing to us.”

♦ With Harvard product Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the Bills to a 3-1 start, Real Clear Sports presents a list of the top 10 Ivy League NFL players. No. 8 is Harvard alumnus Pat McInally, who became a Pro Bowl punter for the Bengals in the 1970s and ’80s. No. 6 is Dartmouth product Nick Lowery, who kicked in the NFL for 18 seasons (and three Pro Bowls). No. 5 is current Ravens center Matt Birk, who starred at Harvard. No. 3 is Steve Jordan, a tight end from Brown who played 13 years with the Vikings and was a six-time Pro Bowler. No. 1 is Penn’s Chuck Bednarik, a standout at linebacker for the Eagles in the 1950s.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 4, 1967, the Red Sox opened the World Series with a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. Who started on the mound for the Sox and homered off Bob Gibson for Boston’s only run?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I hope all the players that want to say what they want to say about this year say, ‘Put my name on it.’ Don’t be a coward. Don’t be a guy that’s going to be ‘the source said.’ Put your name on it and say what you’ve got to say if you want to say it.” — Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, during an appearance on WAAF’s Hill-Man Morning Show Monday

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Consecutive division series road victories for the Rangers, after Monday’s 4-3 win over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a “Moneyball” spoof for the Yankees.

David Beckham gets into an argument with Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis after the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory Saturday night.

After a first-round loss at the China Open in Beijing, tennis star Andy Roddick replies to a question about retirement by telling the reporter he should retire.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jose Santiago

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Pet Shop Boys keyboardist Chris Lowe is 52 Tuesday.

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