Talking Points: Did you miss Hank?

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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All of his rowdy friends might have been there, but Hank Williams Jr. was noticeably absent from Monday Night Football.

ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.’s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night’s NFL game after the country singer famous for the line “Are you ready for some football?” used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.

In an interview Monday morning 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.”

Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.”

“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,”’ the network said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

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Don’t look now, but the San Francisco 49ers are running away with the NFC West.

After rallying to beat the Eagles 24-23 on Sunday, the 49ers are 3-1 and hold a two-game lead over the Seahawks and Cardinals. The Rams, the preseason favorite by many prognosticators, are 0-4.

The Niners are 2-0 on the road this season. And if not for blowing a fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to the Cowboys, they could be 4-0 right now.

Coach Jim Harbaugh is saying all the right things to keep his team focused. Remember in 2009, the 49ers started the season 3-1 before losing their next four and five of six on their way to an 8-8 season.

An 8-8 season? Sounds like a division title in the NFC West.