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‘Are you ready for some football?’ Hank Williams Jr. will return to ‘Monday Night Football’

In this July 14, 2011 file photo, Hank Williams Jr. performed during the recording of a promo for NFL Monday Night Football in Winter Park, Fla.
In this July 14, 2011 file photo, Hank Williams Jr. performed during the recording of a promo for NFL Monday Night Football in Winter Park, Fla. The Associated Press

The last few seasons, the games on “Monday Night Football” routinely have been duds.

What to do about it?

The solution is better games, of course, but there is one change coming this fall. ESPN is bringing back Hank Williams Jr., who has recorded a new version of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” according to The Tennessean.

That song has the familiar refrain of “Are you ready for some football?” The Tennessean story notes that “two additional contemporary music artists to freshen the song’s presentation.”

Williams is excited about his return.

“I never said, ‘Are you ready for some football’ on stage one time the last five or six years, but I will now,” Williams told The Tennessean. “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.’ 

The song was removed from “Monday Night Football” openings in 2011 after Williams was on Fox News and called a golf outing with former President Barack Obama and former House Speaker John Boehner on one team and former Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on another “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”

“It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu,” Williams said.

The Fox News hosts asked Williams to explain the analogy.

“They’re the enemy. … Obama. And Biden,” Williams said. “Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

Both ESPN and Williams said they decided to remove the song. And now they’re both bringing it back. The Chiefs are scheduled to play two “Monday Night Football” games this fall: home to Washington on Oct. 2 and home to the Broncos on Oct. 30.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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