I’m a sports fan. Specifically, My teams are the Houston Texans (who are finally producing a winning season) and the Houston Astros (who forgot how to win), as well as the University of Texas Longhorns. I do like the Arizona Diamonbacks, since I do live in Phoenix, but I’m from Houston and if given the choice I would root for a Houston team any day.
I used to watch ESPN. That just ended with a sickening THUD.
Why? Here’s why…Hank Williams, Jr. has long been the voice of Monday Night Football on ESPN. Recently, he went on “Fox and Friends” and talked about his political beliefs. Specifically, he commented on the Obama-Boehner golf summit. He said “it’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.” He later apologized and, at the same time, defended himself, saying, “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”
He apologized for his “extreme” analogy because ESPN yanked his famous song, “Are You Ready For Some Football” from their Monday Night Football show. An official statement 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.”
I’d like to know what they think about Mike Tyson’s recent comments on their radio affiliate in Las Vegas. On KWWN, the hosts of the show “Gridlock” joked with and laughed hysterically at Mike Tyson while he went on a nearly nine-minute tangent about a black man raping Sarah Palin, saying at one point, “Glen Rice is a wonderful man. He’s a wonderful guy. You want her to be with somebody like [Dennis] Rodman getting up … in there. Pushing her guts up in the back of her head!” (The link to the article on the Daily Caller includes the uncut audio, and it is not safe for work or kids, so be forewarned!)
So it’s not acceptable for a singer who probably wouldn’t be recognized by about half of the sports fans who know his song from MNF to make comments about how silly it is for John Boehner to be playing golf with a liberal dweeb like Barack Obama, but it’s perfectly acceptable for a former boxer, convicted of rape, to sit there and practically re-enact his crime on the air as if he would enjoy doing exactly what he was describing to a popular conservative figure? In which universe is this alright? How in the hell do liberals get off calling Tea Party activists racists and extremists when this is the kind of thing they say?
If and when ESPN either reinstates Hank’s anthem or decides to be fair and ban Mike Tyson for his outrageous comments, I might consider watching their network again. Until then? I’ll stick with Fox Sports. I don’t care if ESPN is the only network carrying a game; they can kiss my Texan backside.