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March 1, 2012
NFL Will Kick Off Season on A Wednesday To Avoid Conflict With Convention:

NEW YORK—Powerful as the NFL is, it’s making way for President Barack Obama.

Opting to play a game on a Wednesday for the first time in more than 60 years, the NFL will open the regular season on Sept. 5, to avoid conflicting with Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention the next night.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants will open the 2012 NFL season on a Wednesday. (AP Photo)

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Wednesday night season-opener starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT; their opponent hasn’t been announced yet.

According to the league, it hasn’t played a game on a Wednesday since Sept. 22, 1948, when the Rams faced the Lions.

The NFL regular season has started on a Thursday since 2002.

This year’s change was announced by the league on Tuesday.

Via: SN

October 4, 2011
ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Song Over Obama-Hitler Comment:

I say BRAVO to @ESPN! Your actions were swift and just! -Roz-O

ESPN is pulling Hank Williams Jr.’s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night’s NFL game after the country singer famous for the line “Are you ready for some football?” used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.

 In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said: “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

"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."

 ESPN did not say whether the intro, synonymous with “Monday Night Football” since 1989, would be used again after this week’s Buccaneers-Colts game.

 The song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” is a remixed version of his 1984 hit “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight.” The version won Williams four Emmy Awards in the early 1990s as the opening theme to “Monday Night Football,” then on ABC.

Via Billboard.com

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