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Are you ready for some Hank Williams, Jr.?

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

"Every time the media brings up the tea party it's painted as racist and extremists - but there's never a backlash - no outrage to those comparisons," Williams' statement continued. "Working-class people are hurting - and it doesn't seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job - it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change."

ESPN covered the story during "SportsCenter" and the pregame show but did not mention the song's absence at the start of the game telecast when fans would normally be hearing "Are you ready for some football?" Instead of a music video, viewers just saw clips of both teams and heard a voice-over about the matchup.

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.

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