ESPN Monday Night Football Intro Features Darth Vader, Calvin Johnson and John Lennon

ESPN has been looking for a new Monday Night Football intro ever since Hank Williams Jr. inserted his foot into his mouth when he brought up President Obama and Adolf Hitler in the same comparison. That bit of freedom of speech, otherwise known as a brain fart, cost Williams the legendary Are You Ready For Some Football gig and left ESPN without an intro.

Enter football aficionado and action filmmaker Peter Berg who has assembled the new intro which will debut with ESPN’s first week of Monday Night Football airings this September.

According to an exclusive for The Hollywood Reporter, Berg has pieced together various clips from the past 30 years that represent significant pop culture and political events. The new intro will mash together epic cinematic moments and characters with political events and hot NFL stars like Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

“Whether it be presidents being elected, great films, 9/11, Katrina — these are moments that we all remember culturally and somehow dealt with on Monday Night Football,” Berg said, via The Hollywood Reporter. “We weren’t allowed to watch television, but we were allowed to watch Monday Night Football. So it always had this special, secret holiday association for me.”

There is apparently a ton of Disney pom pom cheering as well with classic characters being flaunted as well as newly acquired franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The massive amount of Disney movies being shown could rub some people the wrong way but Berg notes that movies like The Matrix are included as well, despite the fact it was hard to get other studios on board to help out Disney’s propaganda package.

But at the end of the day, the new Monday Night Football intro represents everything the NFL is today — it’s popular, it’s flashy and it’s on in primetime. Fans will come to love the intro if for nothing else other than it precedes one of the most looked forward to television events of each week.

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  • Dennis Hartley

    I would like to know what did happen to our freedom of speech in this country. Not only did Williams have the right to say what he did but he was telling the truth when he said it. Seams that with this President did we loose this right but the whole consatotion may be abolished before his turn is over. I thought in the begining that it was time for a black president. Boy did he prove me and a whole lot of others wrong. It is time to fire this guy.
    GOD help us all

    • Nick

      He had the freedom to say it, and he did say it. He was hired by ESPN as the ‘voice’ of their Monday night games and because of his actions (also known as stupidity) he was fired because ESPN didn’t want him representing their company. He wasn’t persecuted by the law in any way or form, and was completely in his right to be a bigoted asshole. That doesn’t mean he is immune to the repercussions of his actions.

    • Daniel

      Freedom of speech protects you from government persecution, not from private entities. You can’t insult your boss and then get mad when you’re fired because you have freedom of speech.