Five Artists ESPN Should NOT Tag to Replace Hank Williams Jr.

As you already know by now Hank Williams Jr. and ESPN have officially parted ways. For 20 years Williams' song, "All My Friends" has opened "Monday Night Football" games.

However, after comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, Williams has belted out his last, 'Are you ready for some football?" declaration. (At least on ESPN anyway)

The next task will be to find a suitable replacement for the NFL anthem. If we had our choice Jack White, with or without Insane Clown Posse, would be at the top of our list. While ESPN may already have some favorites in mind, here are five artists we hope ESPN won't be looking to tag ...

U2 I get it. They're popular and they're "rock and roll," but they're also political and religious crusaders. Sure they seem like a safe bet with their arena friendly sound and signature echoed guitars, but I just can't see myself getting pumped for heavy hitting football with Bono serenading me.

Black Eyed Peas Let's not get it started with these guys. The NBA kind of already claimed these guys during the playoffs anyway (and we haven't let go of how bad that Super Bowl performance was). Truth be told I've been turned off by the Peas since I heard a dancer chick at Coyote Ugly in Vegas say, "Give it up for Fergie, the greatest lyricist of our time."

Kanye West Kanye would probably put together a sick beat and could come up with some pretty gnarly verses to go with a new theme but really, a platform like this would only fuel his monstrous ego and I'm sure that's the last thing this man needs. A friend of mine put it best: "I can deal with Kanye telling me to get my club on, but I can't handle him telling me it's time for football."

Kid Rock Over the years he's drifted away from his "Bawitdaba" rap rock days and settled into a more subdued country heartland sound. It might be tempting to peg him as Hank's replacement -- but it'd just come off as Williams-lite.

Rolling Stones (2011) This selection is supremely conditional. After that whole exposed-boob-wardrobe-malfunction thing, the NFL brand has been super careful of which musical acts they attach themselves to. Sadly it's led them to recycling old "safe" bands whose clothes don't fall off. If the plan is to get someone to come up with a new ditty just for MNF, I don't know that I want to hear 2011 Stones do it. Now if they want to use a jam from their hey-day like say, "Rip This Joint," then hell, these rowdy guys beat Hank's guys any old day.

In case you missed Hank's rant here's the clip.

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