ESPN No Longer Rocks with Hank Williams

Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song will not return to ESPN’s
Monday Night Football,

the network announced Thursday.

To use an old cliche – Right On!  ESPN sacked the Hank Williams Jr. theme song from Monday Night Football.  Like President Obama or not,  no true American opts to show disrespect for the Office of the Presidency.  That Hankster chose to do in an interview on Fox News!  Now he is being held accountable for his choice and his words.  Specifically he associated the President with Hitler and called both President Obama and Vice President Biden ‘the enemy’. ESPN did the right thing. 

Hey Hank maybe that good ole Tea Party needs a theme song.  Go ahead man and get Tea Party paid.  Only that line in which you ask ‘Are you ready for some football’ must be changed, perhaps most fitting would be ‘Are you ready for some stupid?’

On this decision – ESPN Rocks!

Below is a reprint of the full article found here: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7066449/espn-hank-williams-jr-theme-song-return-monday-night-football

ESPN, Hank Williams Jr. part ways

Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song will not return to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” the network announced Thursday.

In the wake of Williams using an analogy involving Adolf Hitler and President Barack Obama to make a political point on the Fox News Channel, Williams’ “All My Rowdy Friends” will no longer be part of the MNF opening.

 “We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr,” ESPN said in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”

On his own website, Williams said he was the one who made the decision.

“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” he wrote. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”

In an interview Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams, unprompted, said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

Asked to clarify, Williams said, “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

ESPN pulled Williams’ opening to Monday night’s Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game and issued a statement saying: “While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

Williams, through his publicist, said on Monday: “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president.”

Tuesday, he issued another statement.”The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin and high fiven on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement,” Williams wrote on Facebook and his website. “I am very sorry if it offended anyone.”

Williams’ song has been part of “Monday Night Football” since 1991 on both ESPN and ABC. He is a Grammy award winner who also was a three-time entertainer of the year from the Academy of Country Music in the 1980s.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.

ESPN you Rock and Roll!

VENUS FEATURED IN : Annenberg Museum Beautiful Culture Exhibit

Venus Williams Goddess Black is BeautifulVenus rocks in the BEAUTY CULTURE photograph exhibit that runs through November 27, 2011 at the Annennberg Museum.  It’s a fascinating photographic exploration of the culture – and cult – of beauty.  I have always thought that Ms. V could have had a career as a super model had tennis not been her first love!   Who better than Venus to be featured in an art exhibit about Beauty!  As her name implies she is a Goddess.  She moves like a beautiful gazelle on the court with the ferocity of a hurricane.  You go girl!

One of Two Photographs of Venus in the Annennburg Museum Exhibit

Two photographs of Venus are featured in the Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit — BEAUTY CULTURE. It’s a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society.   The exhibit which opened to the public in Los Angeles on May 21, 2011, runs through November 27, 2011.

VENUS CATWALKDaring, provocative and at times controversial, the exhibition presents diverse viewpoints on beauty as it has evolved through the 20th and 21st centuries.   It showcases the work of 100 world-renowned beauty, fashion and fine art photographers.  Illustrating the power of the still image in shaping cultural ideals and expectations of feminine beauty – and photography’s undeniable influence on conceptions of the Self.

BEAUTY CULTURE examines both traditional and unconventional definitions of beauty through the themes ranging from : What Size Is Beauty; What Color Is Beauty; to Beauty from Cradle to Grave.

VENUS HOT RED BIKINIVenus is one of many performers, professional models and pop-culture icons to be featured.  Some of the other portrait and editorial images included are Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Cindy Crawford , Angelina Jolie, Beverly Johnson, Bo Derek, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Cheryl Tiegs, Iman, , Megan Fox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Naomi Campbell and Sophia Loren; to name a few.

To read more…http://www.annenbergfoundation.org/news/annenberg-space-photography-presents-beauty-culture

Venus Elegance on the Court

Hopeful of seeing Venus soon grace the tennis court in her powerful, but elegant style!

Just had Venus on my mind today.
Keeping her in my prayers for a blessing of healthiness
as she continues treatment for the auto-immune disorder Sjgoren’s syndrome.
Although there is no cure for the syndrome, its symptoms which include fatigue are
treatable; and it can go into remission!

Venus the Bathing Beauty

Here is Venus making Sports Illustrated magazine look smashing!Tell me now…where did she get those long beautiful legs?  (Jealous – of course – but still I love me some Venus.)

Serena: What To Give A Beauty and A Birthday Girl Who Has It All

Thinking? Thinking? Thinking?  How to best send out “Birthday Wishes” to a beautiful, ambitious, multi-talented person, internationally renown tennis champion; and, someone who loves her family dearly? So I say to myself – Self – Just Say It!SERENAGLAMOROUS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! “

SERENA 2010 Australian OpenAnd thank you for being an inspiration to women around the world – showing us and helping us to believe that all things are possible!  You have achieved great heights; and shown strength and faith as you endured your recent life threatening experience! You remain humble, fun-loving, a tennis fashion icon and one who gives back to the world community through your service endeavors.  And congratulations Birthday Girl on being selected the new International Ambassador for UNICEF.  phenomenal!

VENUSSERENAFIRSTPROMATCHCelebrate your 30th Birthday in grand ‘DIVA’ style.  After all, you and Venus brought the Style to tennis that made me a fan of the game – the power game, the vibrant colorful and fabulously designed tennis outfits – rocking earrings, braids and beads on the court – and bringing some much needed diversity to the WTA!  Heeeeeey!USA – 2014 Vanity Fair Post Oscar Party

I NEED YOUR HELP BLOG READERS

CATIt’s time for some Serena-Birthday-Fun….besides the BOMB body, I did some searching around for some facts you may not know about Serena!  Inviting all readers to share other tidbits about the Life of Serena to this Blog in the Comment Section at the bottom of this Blog. Help me make necessary changes, edits and revisions.  Hopeful we can collectively celebrate and continue to send the love on this special day – Happy Birthday Serena!SERENAHAWT

serenaleather2Birth Name: Serena Jameka Williams

Birthdate: September 26, 1981

Place Of Birth: Saginaw, Michigan

Star Sign: Libra

Designer Clothing Label:  Aneres, her first name spelled backward

Birth Order:  Youngest of five girls

Awesome Accomplishment:  25 January 2003, won the Australian Open completing the ‘grand slam’ of women’s tennis

serenagrandslamCareer Grand Slam: Beat her older sister, ‘Venus Williams’, to win the 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open & the 2003 Australian Open. By doing so, she joined ‘Martina Navratilova’ , ‘Steffi Graf’ , Margaret Court and ‘Maureen Connolly’ as the only women to have won four Grand Slam titles in a row.

 Favorite Tennis Player: Pete Sampras

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Author: Maya Angelou

Most Memorable Experience: Winning Wimbledon in 2002

Self-described as: Very humorous with a great personality

Favorite place to visit: Italy

Won 1st Grand Slam: In 1999 at Australian Open, beating sixth seed Irina Spirlea

Gold Medal:  At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Likes to listen: Mariah Carey and Brandy.

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

Hobbies: Surfing, watching movies, football, skateboarding, playing guitar, reading, acting, talking on the phone, and spending time with family and friends.

Graduated 1999:  Williams graduated from high school in 1999, private school Driftwood Academy

Age Turned Pro:  In 1995, at age fourteen.

1st Year as WTA Competitor:  1997

SERENA ACTINGOutside of Tennis: Acting roles on television

Olympic Gold: a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia

SERENACORERESULTSInviting all readers to submit other interesting tidbits about the life of Serena in the
Comment Section at the bottom of this Blog Page.

US OPEN SCHEDULING – PUT SERENA’S BACK AGAINST THE WALL

I didn’t get to sleep until like 4:30-ish,” Serena Williams said. “I definitely think that’s not the best way to plan for the final, so yeah, it was [hard]. It’s definitely tough when you go to bed at 4.”

After Serena Williams’ stunning loss in the U.S. Open women’s final yesterday, with Samantha Stosur pulling off a 6-2, 6-3 upset, Williams’ father, Richard, didn’t blame the chair umpire’s decision to penalize his daughter for yelling during a game point. Instead, he told The Post it was a late night, poor USTA scheduling and her own stubborn streak that cost her a title.

Williams appeared lethargic and weary-legged in getting run ragged by an unheralded Australian who hadn’t won a single tournament this year. The way the USTA chose to reschedule after last week’s rainouts, Williams played three straight days while the men were spared that fate, with their final slated for today.

Stosur had to deal with the same hardship, but her Saturday semifinal was much earlier. Williams’ match didn’t start until 10:11 p.m, and finished almost at midnight, as she was extended to 6-4 in the second set by world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. And while Venus Williams politely declined comment, Richard said fatigue contributed.

“I just think Serena was tired,” Richards Williams said, which his daughter acknowledged. “She played a long match [Saturday] night, 6-4 second set. She didn’t start, didn’t get out there until after 10 o’clock. She didn’t get back until after 2 o’clock in the morning, get to sleep until after 4 in the morning.”

She still insisted on hitting the practice court hard yesterday — too hard, according to her father.

“She was already tired and wore herself out at practice,” said her father, who has been very philosophical about just being happy to have his daughter alive following her pulmonary embolism earlier this year. “I was telling her to come off the court and she wouldn’t. Stosur played [Saturday], too, but her match was so much earlier. She played well, but Serena was just dead tired.”

“The scheduling was bad. They talked about the men playing three days in a row, but what about the women? So the scheduling — and not listening — is why she lost.”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/tennis/richard_daughter_was_tired_Q4BVM7a9xBcDQoyBCV17BO#ixzz1YyZM0Eus

American Tennis Great Jimmy Connors Says TOO Much Made of Serena

Jimmy Connors Tells The Press that Too Much Was Made of Serena
Friday, September 23, 2011
 His willingness to speak out, in opposition to the deluge of tennis commentators working overtime to make the incident seem to be the worst happening in tennis and all the headline news negative press, is evidence that Connors owns his own soul, tells it like he sees it; and that is making me a Fan!  Keep doing your own thing Man!

Jimmy Connors tells the Miami Herald that too much was made of  Serena Williams berating a chair umpire when she disagreed  with a call during the recent U.S. Open final.

 “That crowd of 25,000 was begging for something to happen in that match, and  at that moment, they got loud and behind Serena. Was it that terrible?” he said. “If that’s terrible, then me and John McEnroe wouldn’t have been in the game  very long. We clashed on every point, and sometimes it was pure pandemonium.“  But fans loved it.”

 Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/21/2418800/connors-in-town-and-ready-to-compete.html#ixzz1YpxEx4uD

More About The AWESOME Tennis Career of Jimmy Connors Distinctions and Honors

Connors won a male record 109 singles titles. He also won 15 doubles titles (including the men’s doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1973 and the US Open in 1975).

In his 1979 autobiography, Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, ranked Connors as one of the 21 best players of all time.

Connors won more matches (1,337) than any other male professional tennis player in the open era. His career win-loss record was 1,337–285 for a winning percentage of 82.4. He played 401 tournaments and through many years it was a record until Fabrice Santoro overcame it in 2008.

Connors was the only player to win the US Open on three different surfaces: grass, clay, and hard. Connors was also the first male tennis player to win Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces: grass (1974), clay (1976), and hard (1978).

Connors reached the semifinals or better of Grand Slam Men’s Singles events a total of 31 times, an all time record. This achievement is particularly remarkable considering that he entered the Australian Open Men’s Singles only twice and that he did not enter the French Open Men’s Singles for five of his peak career years. Roger Federer holds the record for most consecutive semifinal appearances at these events, but he falls short of Connors’ total career number in this category.

Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998 and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA ATTENDS 2011 US OPEN

First lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Open for the first time Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, to promote “LET’S MOVE”;  her campaign against childhood obesity.  The initiative encourages more children to become active and lead healthier lifestyles.   She also applauded the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for engaging millions of children in tennis, introducing tennis into thousands of elementary schools throughout the country, and building more than 2000 right-sized courts that provide a place for young people to play tennis.

SERENA TAKES TIME FROM COMPETING IN THE 2011 US OPEN TO JOIN THE FIRST LADY  IN PARTICIPATING IN THE  USTA 10 and UNDER TENNIS CLINIC


The First Lady is pictured her with Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA Jon Vegosen, and former and current players who participated in the USTA 10 and Under Clinic:  MaliVai Washington, Billie Jean King, James Blake, Serena and Katrina Adams.

First lady Michelle Obama high fives a child who has joined
the LET’S MOVE campaign.

The 
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James Blake Another of My Favorite Players with the First Lady

Pictured here with tennis great Billie Jean King, First Lady Michelle Obama commented “I have been trying to get to the US Open my entire life. I am so incredibly excited to finally be at my first US Open, but I am equally excited and proud to be standing in partnership with the USTA and all they have done for hundreds of thousands of kids across this country. You are an example of what we can do when we put our minds to it,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

Same US Open Umpire – Different Ruling for Serena

OMG!  Up early surfing the web and ran across this little ditty regarding Serena being fined  $2,000 by the USTA in the 2011 US Open Final.  This is a must read and a video clip you must view!  And that’s all I have to say.

Once Upon A Time, Serena And That Same Chair Umpire Laughed Off Her Hindrance And They Replayed The Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0YmblrB_Ftc

Once Upon A Time, Serena And That Same Chair Umpire Laughed Off Her Hindrance And They Replayed The Point 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0YmblrB_Ftc

..And everyone lived happily ever after, until last night in Flushing.

It’s been pointed out that this clip, taken from the 2009 Doha Championship in Qatar, would have been played under the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules, and that last night’s ruling—made by the same chair umpire, Eva Asderakia—was in accordance with the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) guidelines. We presume that the two organizations treat these situations differently. Still, it’s fascinating to see how the situation was treated then, as it might help us better understand Williams’s confusion and frustration with the call: Asderakia immediately called a hindrance, and then allowed for a replay of the same point, and everyone laughed good-naturedly like they were old buddies who would now share an inside joke.  Last night, Aserakia called the hindrance on what appeared to be a forehand winner for Williams, and which would have set the score at deuce in the first game of the second set—but there was no replay, and there were no LOLs. Sam Stosur was given the point…

DeadSpin Blog Entry (http://deadspin.com/5839291/once-upon-a-time-serena-and-that-same-chair-umpire-laughed-off-her-hindrance-and-they-replayed-the-point)
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Sep 12, 2011 11:30 AM

What if Umpire Eva Asderaki was Black and Player Serena Williams was White?

How would the incident have been handled by all – the USTA, national and international press and media outlets, tennis commentators/analysts, sports writers, message boards and forums?  My Blog on “Bias” tells you where I stand but – Your comments are encouraged!

Venus Announces Syndrome – Patrick McEnroe Shows Stupidity

PATRICK McENROE INSENSITIVE IDIOT
I am watching ESPN2 the morning when Venus announces she is dropping out of the US Open and that she suffers from an auto-immune disorder.  Venus Williams pulled out of the U.S. Open shortly before her second-round match on Wednesday, saying she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Almost dropped my coffee cup when Patrick McEnroe keeps announcing in giddy-like-fashion, we will be talking momentarily with Lisicki the player who would have faced Venus in the second round.  Finally the interview begins and McEnroe while interviewing her is raving on and on about how this situation will benefit Lisicki’s chances going forward in the US Open.  What an a$$-hole!   He should be thankful I did not drop my coffee, because I love my java in the morning.  Besides…all I needed was one more reason to dislike this poor excuse of a tennis commentator!

The only human decency came from Lisicki and kudos to the young woman for being a caring and graceful human being.  It took Lisiski to wish Venus a healthy recovery and a quick return to the game of tennis. “She’s a tough girl, and I think she’ll come back. You know, it would be unfortunate if she couldn’t,” Lisicki said. “I hope she comes back.”  Patrick McEnroe has long been a pompous twerp.  He acts so entitled; being big time Mr. Tennis Commentator and Mr. USTA highly paid employee with his only qualification being John McEnroe’s little brother. Guess we know why PMac loves living in America.

As far as his behavior and communications in that interview…all I have to say is “Some people simply have not been raised right!”

In closing here are comments from someone who has been raised properly…So this, right now, I think will help me to feel grateful for everything that I have,” Venus said. “And at the same time it makes me want to get up and fight harder every single day.”