Tom Ley Deadspin
Hank Williams Jr., a man who has served for decades as living proof of just how far you can go in America simply by sharing a name with your more talented father, is returning to ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast to open the show with his “Are You Ready For Some Football?” theme song.
Football fans have been without Williams’s hairy jowls and tales of his rowdy friends since 2011, when ESPN cut ties with him after he went on Fox & Friendsand said that John Boehner playing golf with Barack Obama was like “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.” Williams responded by adding an anti-Fox & Friends verse to his song called “Keep The Change,” an anthem for white grievance that he first released after Obama got elected.
News of Williams’s return was first broken by The Tennesseean, which had a reporter present at the filming of Williams’s new MNF intro. Williams discussed his return in typically eloquent style:
“I never said, ‘Are you ready for some football’ on stage one time the last five or six years, but I will now,” said the singer, seated in his dressing room during a break in filming the commercial. “I’m feeling at home and it’s a real good thing … It’s kind of like the Nashville Predators playing for the Stanley Cup, it’s like ‘Wow.’”
Truly, this man has the soul of a poet. Meanwhile, as you wait for the new intro, enjoy this classic one, which features the U.S. military plotting and carrying out a ferocious attack on its own country, destroying iconic landmarks as football enthusiasts cheer: