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    I used to think he was the best, but maybe 8-10 years ago he seemd to become Mr. Obvious. I think they can get someone better. But Madden is a legend for sure. Does this mean that Al Michaels is moving on also, I thought I read somewhere that he would not broadcast without Madden


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    John Madden retires from broadcasting
    Posted on 16 April 2009 by Robert Seidman

    via NBC Sports release:

    JOHN MADDEN RETIRES FROM BROADCASTING

    NEW YORK - April 16, 2009 - NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol announced today that John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and the most honored broadcaster in sports television history, has decided to retire from broadcasting.

    Madden issued the following statement today:

    It’s time. I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not…

    It’s been such a great ride… the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion - it still is. I appreciate all of the people who are and were such an important part of the most enjoyable, most fun anyone could have… that great life with the teams, the players, the coaches, the owners, the League… my broadcasting partners Pat and Al… the production people and the fans…is still great… it’s still fun and that’s what it makes it hard and that’s why it took me a few months to make a decision.

    I still love every part of it - the travel, the practices, the game film, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people… but I know this is the right time.

    John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and the most honored NFL broadcaster of all time, has served as the game analyst for “NBC Sunday Night Football” since 2006. Madden, who has won an unprecedented 16 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Analyst/Personality, is renowned by football fans nationwide for his ability to analyze the details of the game with wit, candor and an inimitable style. Madden has been an NFL broadcaster for 30 years. On February 1, Madden earned rave reviews and critical acclaim in his final game, the 11th Super Bowl he called - Super Bowl XLIII on NBC.

    The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has honored Madden with 16 Outstanding Sports Analyst/Personality Emmy Awards, the most recent from this past season. In all, Madden has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards. In addition, the American Sportscasters Association named him Sports Personality of the Year in 1985 and 1992. In 1982, Madden became the first NFL analyst to receive the Touchdown Club of America’s prestigious Golden Mike Award. Sports Illustrated has called Madden “an American fixture” and said that he “brings an unequaled big-game buzz to the broadcast booth.”

    Prior to joining the broadcasting ranks, Madden had an outstanding career as head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. He guided the Raiders to an overall record of 103-32-7, leading the team to seven AFC Western Division titles and a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. Madden’s .750 winning percentage is the best of any head coach in NFL history. In 2006, Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Head Coach.

    A linebacker coach when he began his NFL coaching career with Oakland in 1967, Madden became the head coach in 1969 at age 33, the youngest head coach in the American Football League. Madden retired in 1979 and started his broadcasting career at CBS later that same year. Madden was the lead NFL analyst for FOX from 1994-2002 and the analyst for ABC’s “Monday Night Football” for four years before he came to NBC Sports in 2006. He is the only person to work as the lead analyst for all four broadcast networks.

    Madden’s EA Sports video game “Madden NFL Football” is the No. 1 selling sports video game of all-time with more than 65 million copies sold since its release 20 years ago. Madden is also one of the leading spokesmen in the advertising world, with endorsement relationships including Ace Hardware, Outback Steakhouse, Schering Plough (Tinactin), Verizon Wireless and Sirius Satellite Radio.

    Before coaching in Oakland, Madden was the defensive coordinator at San Diego State from 1964-66 where the Aztecs were ranked first among small colleges with a 26-4 record. From 1960-64 Madden coached at Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, Calif.

    Madden started on both the offensive and defensive lines as a player for California Polytechnic College at San Luis Obispo in 1957 and 1958 and was voted to the All-Conference team. He was also a catcher on the school’s baseball team. Madden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 and a Master of Arts degree in 1961, both from Cal Poly. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL draft, but a knee injury in his rookie season prematurely ended his career.

    Madden is the author of several New York Times best-selling books: Hey, Wait a Minute! (I Wrote a Book!); One Knee Equals Two Feet (and Everything Else You Need To Know About Football); One Size Doesn’t Fit All; and All Madden, each written with New York Times sports columnist Dave Anderson. He has also written a cookbook titled John Madden’s Ultimate Tailgating.

    Born April 10, 1936 in Austin, Minn., Madden was raised in Daly City, Calif. He now resides in Pleasanton, Calif., with his wife, Virginia. The couple has two sons and five grandchildren.


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    Duncan says:
    April 16th, 2009 at 8:17 am
    This is a sad state for Football. It feels like one of the greats isn’t going to be there anymore for Sunday Night Football. There seems to be something missing when he’s not there even though in his advanced age he tended to point out the obvious.

    djm says:
    April 16th, 2009 at 8:20 am
    wow….
    anybody else think that sunday night will go way down w/out madden?

    Jared says:
    April 16th, 2009 at 8:29 am
    Well we might actually get a broadcaster that doesn’t point out completely obvious observations now!

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    My IQ should raise at least 50 points while watching MNF now.

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    My IQ should raise at least 50 points while watching MNF now.
    hes been announcing sunday night football for the past two or three years...

    Madden used to be good, back when he was with Fox, when I was first introduced to him. But today he was just kinda annoying to listen to.

    And I know after MNF moved to ESPN and Madden decided to go to NBC, Michaels left ABC/ESPN to continue announcing with Madden. I dont know if he will quit or not with the retirement of Madden as its a different situation now.

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    My IQ should raise at least 50 points while watching MNF now.
    or not.

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    Default Re: John Madden retires

    Big news.

    I would like to see Chris Collinsworth take his spot full-time.

    Well, Brett is finally retiring. I wonder how much that had to do with his decision.
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    Thank God. He quit working about a decade ago, so its about time he actually retired, too.

    I'm really irritated that both Steelers Super Bowl wins this decade have the voice of John Madden (but certainly not the brains, as he couldn't explain much of anything properly during the broadcast... including the obvious stuff.)

    See, I wouldn't accuse him of being Mr. Obvious. He was trying so hard to find something unique or novel that he couldn't describe in the first place that he could no longer even see the obvious. One needs to not look any farther than when Clark Hagens was spun around like a top by Seattle's right tackle with Madden, identifying the left tackle and saying, "I don't see a hold there." Duh. Look to the other side, where the flag was thrown. Idiot. When you see the strongside LB break free of the block and then get spun around in a circle you have ample circumstantial evidence of a holding penalty. But when your announcer can't find the right side vs. the left side of the line anymore, the general public actually things the officials blew the call and took away a long gain from the Seahawks.

    Good riddance.
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    Good, I personally am tired of hearing him state the obvious during every play.
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    Collinsworth replacing him is.... I really don't like Collinsworth, I find him annoying to listen to. I just don't like him as an announcer.

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    Come on guys. Give props for the all-time most recognizable announcer\personality of any sport. His personality is what endeared him to people and it's by no accident he's won all those Emmy's and is in the HOF as both a coach AND broadcaster. You have to consider the whole body of work and not just harp on the past 2 or 3 seaons.

    So, he states the obvious... who cares? Not everyone who watches football is an avid fan who knows the difference between an encroachment and offsides penalty. In fact many of us learned most of what we know about football from watching the games he covered.

    He was a fun guy to listen to and he brought humor to the broadcast. He's had a great career and I'll actually miss him.
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    Come on guys. Give props for the all-time most recognizable announcer\personality of any sport.

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    My interest in baseball died along with Harry. He really did make it that much more fun for me.

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    While Madden could be annoying, he could also be funny, and occasionally worth hearing.

    Collinsworth IS annoying, really annoying when he tries to be funny, and never worth hearing. If he replaces Madden, I won't watch. I don't know a single person who likes Collinsworth. He's terrible.

    I'll miss Madden in a strange way. He made each game unique.

    But, I don't think anyone will take this as hard as Frank Caliendo.

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    Madden did lose his fastball over the last ten years. He remained occasionally funny, but no longer communicated what was going on and why and his mistakes were adding a lot of unintentional humor over the past few years.

    I enjoy Collinsworth's broadcasts for the most part, even though his voice is pretty annoying. He is very opinionated and does tend to rail on the referees a little too much for my tastes, but it will overall be an upgrade for me from what Madden was now doing. He won't come near to what Madden used to be, though.

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    The voice of the Cardinals?

    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
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    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    I hate Collinsworth, a lot. Ugh, and to the think the Colts have multiple "opportunities" to listen to him.
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    Collinsworth contradicts himself all the time. Last year during the one Eagles game he goes on one play, "You know, the Eagles dont have any talent at the wide receiver position" and then two plays later he says, "That DeSean Jackson is pretty talented" He has done it over and over with every broadcast I see him do.

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    The voice of the Cardinals?


    I would run after that...

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    Ah, come on, he almost spent as much time with the White Sox as the Cubs. And just barely more time in Chicago than St. Louis (15 years for the Cubs, 11 for the Sox is 26 in Chicago, vs. 25 for the Cardinals.)

    I just don't get why the "Wait 'til Next Year" fans of the "Loveable Losers" act like they have such an exclusive attachment to him. He was a voice-for-hire.
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    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
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    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    Yeah for a while I thought Harry Carry spent his entire broadcasting career with the Cubs (because Cubs fans act like he is exclusively theirs). Then one day I actually bothered to look it up and was baffled to find that he spent 11 more years with the Cubs bitter NL central rival of all teams.

    Ah, Chicago fans.

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    In 2005, when Cubs fans were worried about the apocolypse (also known as a Sox-Cardinals World Series), I ruffled quite a few feathers by suggesting that Harry Carey would have really enjoyed that. Damn Astros ruined my "fun".
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
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    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    They ruined my fun too, since I am a Cards fan. I knew that Carrey was with the Cards, but I had no idea that he was there for so long. It doesn't matter he went to the dark side all the same.

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    Madden >> Carey

    I'm 32 and I've never even heard or watched a game that Harry Carey had done. When I think of Harry Carey, I immediately think of Will Farrell and SNL first.

    Anyone who has been a kid and played video games or any parent who has kids that they've bought video games for would recognize John Madden even if they never watch football. BOOM!
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    Larry is not coming back, he didn't have a meeting with Orlando for not reason, yeah he is coming back to the NBA but not to the Pacers, the notion that he is a taking a year off and then come back is absurd.
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    Ten years from now people will say the same thing about impersonators of John Madden. Different era, different fan base, different opinion. But I am right

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