Hank Williams Jr. and Biggest Sports Foot-in-Mouth Moments
It is truly the end of an era in Monday Night Football. ESPN has made the decision to no longer use Hank Williams, Jr.'s "Are You Ready for Some Football?" opening, effective tonight, after Williams made some controversial comments on Fox News' Fox and Friends.
USA Today's Michael Hiestand gave readers a blow by blow of Williams' comments:
Williams, perhaps best known for his "are you ready for some football?" lead-in to ESPN's Monday Night Football, Monday compared this summer's so-called golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever."
But that wasn't all Williams had to say. He continued on:
"It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu."
And there it is. Williams had firmly placed his foot in his mouth.
Williams is far from the only person with ties to sports that has put his foot in his mouth recently: here are the 10 biggest "foot in mouth" moments.
Joe Namath Tries to Kiss Suzy Kolber
For football fans, this is one of those moments you'll always remember like it was yesterday.
Suzy Kolber was doing all she could to conduct a serious interview with an obviously inebriated Joe Namath. Needless to say, she wasn't having much luck.
Attempts to turn the topic of conversation to football were unsuccessful.
Joe rambles on about Chad Pennington for a period of time before admitting that he couldn't care less about the Jets' struggles. Then, he famously tried to kiss Kolber.
To top it off, Namath bellows "Yeah!" at the top of his lungs as they cut back to the booth.
Tim Hardaway Expresses Hatred for Homosexuals
Homosexuals in pro sports has been a hot-button topic ever since former NBA center John Amaechi admitted that he was gay. It had been a topic of conversation before, but it really took off after that news came out.
Former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway was among the first to come out against having openly homosexual players in the locker room. He admitted to Dan LeBatard that he was homophobic and wouldn't be accepting of homosexuals on his own team.
In a sports world that is working so hard to be more tolerant, Hardaway's comments were way out of line.
Mike Cameron Thinks the Sun Is Only 500 Years Old
Mike Cameron either works on a different calendar than the rest of us or he is incredibly misinformed about the history of our great planet.
Back in 2005, Carlos Beltran was struggling with his new surroundings as a Met at Shea Stadium. On a particular day in 2005, Beltran was having trouble with the sun.
Cameron wasn't so sure that was a problem. I'll let Cameron's words speak for themselves:
“The sun has been there for 500, 600 years . . .” Cameron said
If that's the case, it's amazing that all those famous empires of old succeeded when it was pitch-black outside.
Adrian Peterson Compares NFL Players to Slaves
The NFL lockout had everyone in the NFL on edge. Tempers were flaring and frustrations were mounting as the stand still wore on.
"It's modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too."
The statement was really offensive on two levels.
First, his situation, no matter how frustrating, does not even compare to the horrors that were encountered by slaves over history.
Second, in these tough economic times, Peterson's remarks make him seem like a typical spoiled athlete. Millions of unemployed people all over the world would love to get paid like A.P. does.
Don Imus Calls Rutgers Women's Basketball Team...
Don Imus has been known to make an outrageous comment or two. After all, it's outrageous comments and opinions that made his syndicated talk show one of the most popular shows in the nation.
But he stepped over the line when discussing the Rutgers Women's Basketball team. They had just lost the national championship the previous night and Imus mentioned that he had watched some of the game.
He actually didn't spent much time talking about the game itself. He was more concerned with calling the Rutgers players "nappy-headed hoes" and remarking that the Tennessee players looked "cute."
Not only was his comment about Rutgers offensive, it belittled women's athletics on the whole when he was only focused on their looks.
Rush Limbaugh on Donovan McNabb
In 2003, ESPN hired political commentator Rush Limbaugh to join their Sunday morning NFL preview show.
It seemed like an odd fit to begin with. There was no guarantee that Limbaugh even knew football and the number of NFL fans that cared what Limbaugh had to say about it were surely limited.
It was confirmed as a bad idea when Limbaugh made some unfortunate comments about then-Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
He claimed that the hype surrounding McNabb was just hype and nothing more, and that McNabb was only being hyped because the media so badly wanted to see a black quarterback do well.
That was the last we heard of Limbaugh on ESPN.
Alex Rodriguez Discredits Derek Jeter
In a 2001 interview in Esquire magazine, A-Rod claimed that Jeter was not the one to fear in the Yankees' lineup. He also poked around at the fact that Jeter was just lucky to be on such a good team.
A-Rod's quote on the Yankee captain:
"Jeter's been blessed with great talent around him. He's never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun. And he hits second - that's totally different than third and fourth in a lineup. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie and O'Neill. You never say, 'Don't let Derek beat you. He's never your concern."
Making matters worse, Jeter and A-Rod were supposed to be friends at this point.
This quote had to make it awkward the next time they hung out.
Rafael Palmeiro Claims to Have Never Used Steroids
The year was 2005 and the quest to get steroids out of baseball was in full swing. A group of current and former players, including Rafael Palmeiro, testified to Congress about steroid use in baseball.
In his opening statement, he made a point to say that he had "never used steroids."
Later that same year, Palmeiro was found to have used a banned substance. He denied knowingly using anything illegal, but the reputation has stuck and he has done little to clear his name.
Al Campanis Makes Racist Remarks on Nightline
Al Campanis was a former Brooklyn Dodger. He had played with Jackie Robinson early in the pioneer's career.
At the time of the interview with Ted Koppel, he was working in the Dodgers' front office.
Koppel asked him why there weren't more black managers and general managers in baseball.
Campanis claimed that some of them "may not have some of the necessities" to work in those roles.
Given a chance to change his tune by Koppel, Campanis only persisted.
Needless to say, Campanis resigned soon thereafter.
ESPN's Brian Kinchen Says...
This was just a huge fail on the part of Mr. Kinchen.
While discussing why receivers should use their hands to catch the ball rather than their bodies, Kinchen said among other things, that the hands are "tender" and can "caress" the ball.
Realizing that what he said sounded silly, he tried to make things better by saying that what he said sounded "kind of gay."
The moral of the story is that two wrongs don't make a right, folks.
Rashard Mendenhall on the Death of Bin Laden
The night that President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, Americans collectively celebrated. The man that had orchestrated the most heinous of attacks back in 2001 had finally been found.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was not among those celebrating. Soon after the announcement was made, Mendenhall tweeted the following:
What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”
But Mendenhall wasn't quite done. Later, when responded to a tweet from a current University of Illinois basketball player, Mendenhall had the following to say:
“I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
That sound you heard was Mendenhall gagging on his own foot.