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‘Monday Night Football’ Drops Hank Williams Jr. Theme for Good

On Monday, after Hank Williams Jr. appeared on Fox News and compared President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner’s recent golf outing to “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” ESPN pulled Williams’ classic opening theme from that night’s airing of ‘Monday Night Football.’

‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,’ which includes the catchphrase, “Are you ready for some football?,” had opened the show for nearly 20 years. At the time, the network declined to say whether the benching would be permanent or not, but now it seems it is.

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ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Song from ‘Monday Night Football’ for Calling Obama ‘Hitler’ [VIDEO]

ESPN pulled country star Hank Williams Jr.’s ‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night’ opener from the telecast of ‘Monday Night Football’ after Williams appeared on television comparing President Barack Obama to murderous dictator Adolf Hitler.

The song, a modified version of Williams’ 1984 hit, ‘All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight,’ has won four Emmys and has ushered in the Monday night games for some 20 years.

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Kobe Bryant Likely to Play in Italy During NBA Lockout [VIDEO]

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, 33, has reached a verbal deal to play in Italy during the NBA lockout, said Italian team Virtus Bologna.

“There’s still some things to arrange but at this point I’m very optimistic. I would say it’s 95 percent done,” Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station, adding, “This is an important investment and a unique chance for the city of Bologna and all of Italian basketball.”

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9/11 Widow Peg Ogonowski Reminisces – And Looks Ahead [VIDEO]

Peg Ogonowski’s late husband, John, was the captain of American Flight 11 — better known as the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

“It was that moment of before and after,” said Peg, a former flight attendant. “There was my whole life before and then everything changed. It was a real line in my life that there will always be before 9/11 and after 9/11.”

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This Day in History for September 11 – United States Attacked and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there (More info)

1941 – Ground is broken on the construction of The Pentagon (More info)

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NBA Owners Donate Millions to Vietnam Memorial Project

NBA team owners Michael Heisley of the Memphis Grizzlies and Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs have made the largest private donations toward a project that will honor the 58,000 veterans killed during the Vietnam War and be located on the site of the Washington, D.C. memorial.

Holt, a decorated Vietnam vet who contributed $1 million and will match any donations made by other Texas residents, said, “We want to create an education center that puts faces to the names on that wall, but also help people understand as less and less people serve in the military what the military has done for the United States.”

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