Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert worried Tuesday that he might not be "ready for some football" without Hank Williams Jr.'s Monday Night Football theme song.
Williams' song has kicked off the Monday night game since 1989, but ESPN pulled it from Monday night's game after he likened President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler.
Bocephus had told the hosts of Fox & Friends Monday that Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was "like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu."
"Tragically, ESPN caved to the 'We-shouldn't-compare-the-president-to-Hilter-stapo,'" Colbert compained. "So last night's Monday Night Football did not begin with Hank Williams Jr. asking the eternal question: 'Are you ready for some football?' And, nation, not hearing that song left me dangerously unprepared for some football."
"I'm in my living room innocently watching a Chevy Silverado ad and suddenly a bunch of gigantic angry men in shiny tights start hitting each other, hurling and kicking a leather, oblate spheroid. It's was hours before I realized it was some football. And needless to say, I was not ready for it. Well, I'm sorry ESPN but you have no right to rob the American people of the proper proceedures for football preparation. Bocephus isn't just asking if we are ready rhetorically, he's asking us all to embark on a journey of reflection, check our surroundings -- is there anything to suggest un-preparedness for some football? Perhaps an empty snack bowl, beer that is un-chilled, a telephone shaped like a baseball. What about outstanding RSVPs from my rowdy friends? Might all of them not come over tonight?"
He added: "Last night we were robbed of that as a nation. And why? Perhaps a Hitler/Netanyahu golf game wouldn't be so bad."
Watch this video from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, broadcast Oct. 4, 2011.