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jnew76
04-16-2009, 09:49 AM
Just came across first Take on ESPN. WOW - I now feel old, as I remember he was a new broadcaster.

The modern age of broadcasters is officially over. Kalas, Carey, Summerall, Jack Buck, Madden, all gone. I grew up with all of them.

I guess it is appropriate now that Brett Favre is officially gone, that Madden has to hang it up as well.

drowe
04-16-2009, 09:56 AM
confirmed on espn.com.

not shocking, but still huge news.

killxswitch
04-16-2009, 09:59 AM
Damn. I didn't expect that this year, though I guess he is old enough that it was only a matter of time. Wasn't there a story last year relating to how it was really taking it's toll on him having to ride a bus around the country last year since he won't fly?

tjsunstein
04-16-2009, 09:59 AM
Nooooooooooooooo! He loves Brett Favre more than anything/anyone ever. Brett retires, John does too.

Maybe this had something to do with the passing of Harry Kalas? Kalas was 73, the same age.

CC.SD
04-16-2009, 10:02 AM
2010 Coach of the Year.

:D Sad to see John go.

619
04-16-2009, 10:05 AM
Who's the successor? Cris Collinsworth?

Strawdog
04-16-2009, 10:06 AM
Nooooooooooooooo! He loves Brett Favre more than anything/anyone ever. Brett retires, John does too.

I was thinking that too. Madden retiring is proof Favre ain't coming back.

I'll miss the annual Turducken episode the most. Best holiday special ever.

Splat
04-16-2009, 10:07 AM
That is lame....

drowe
04-16-2009, 10:08 AM
yeah, i might be in the minority, but i liked John Madden, even at the end of his career. just seemed like a likeable guy. having Madden do a game was always the mark of a big game. whether he was the A team with Fox, doing Monday Night Football, or Sunday Night Football, when Madden was there, it was different.

FlyingElvis
04-16-2009, 10:09 AM
It's impossible to dislike Madden. He's a legend, but he's been struggling to keep up with what was happening on the field for a few years now. It's time to bow out gracefully.


Thanks for a long history of excitement, quirky sound effects & great commentary. Hell of a coach, too, but I was too young to have any memory of his years w/Oakland.

LonghornsLegend
04-16-2009, 10:11 AM
So who is going to do the game with Al Michaels now?

drowe
04-16-2009, 10:12 AM
So who is going to do the game with Al Michaels now?

If I got to choose, it would be Ron Jaworski. great analyst. great football guy.

vidae
04-16-2009, 10:14 AM
Yeah I really liked Madden too. I loved watching the big games with him and Al. Football really won't be the same for me anymore.

Great career, great play by play guy, and funny as hell (without trying most of the time)

Sucky.

the decider13
04-16-2009, 10:17 AM
I'll miss games covered by Madden...I never liked Pat Summerall though. I think Madden and Michaels is one of the greatest broadcast teams of all time.

Paul
04-16-2009, 10:17 AM
If it wasn't for Madden none of us would even care about the accumulation of moisture on a players' backside.

TitleTown088
04-16-2009, 10:25 AM
He didn't touch pass that, he put all the mustard on the brat.






He retired because his man crush isn't coming back.

LonghornsLegend
04-16-2009, 10:27 AM
If I got to choose, it would be Ron Jaworski. great analyst. great football guy.

I agree, I can see him fitting in...In a perfect world I'd get to hear Mike & Mike along with Mike Ditka, that was sheer brilliance the one time they got together IMHO.

j05son
04-16-2009, 10:30 AM
Finally, now I can watch Sunday Night football with the sound on.

Forenci
04-16-2009, 10:31 AM
Ah, damn, I'll hate to see Madden go. For all the jokes that were made about him he was one of the funnest guys to listen to in the booth.

I can only hope they go outside to find a new color analyst because I loathe listening to Collinsworth. It would kill Sunday night football for me.

Just an idea, but why not go the route of getting a recently retired coach (somewhat like how Madden got started) and see if Tony Dungy would be interested? He's a smart guy, well spoken..I think he'd be a terrific color analyst if he wanted to do it.

Smokey Joe
04-16-2009, 10:31 AM
Who's the successor? Cris Collinsworth?
I hope not, but probably...

What about Matt Millen? Terrible GM, but IIRC, he was a pretty good announcer.

Flyboy
04-16-2009, 10:36 AM
'Tis a sad day...

Brent
04-16-2009, 10:37 AM
What about Matt Millen?
He was a very good color commentator for Fox back in the day, he would make a lot of sense.

the_legend_killer
04-16-2009, 10:38 AM
Congrats on a great career John, hopefully you have a great retirement.

BaLLiN
04-16-2009, 10:38 AM
well now all commentators are going to be horrible

The Unseen
04-16-2009, 10:39 AM
aaaaaaaaaaaand there goes Frank Caliendo's career

BaLLiN
04-16-2009, 10:42 AM
aaaaaaaaaaaand there goes Frank Caliendo's career

lol maybe they'll invite him to pretend to be Madden, keep the legend going

FlyingElvis
04-16-2009, 11:09 AM
Finally, now I can watch Sunday Night football with the sound on.

It was getting really rough towards the end. Unfortunately it will probably be Collinsworthless, so the sound will remain off. Jaws would be awesome. Then I could at least turn the sound on for one of the two prime time games.

Splat
04-16-2009, 11:15 AM
aaaaaaaaaaaand there goes Frank Caliendo's career

lol maybe they'll invite him to pretend to be Madden, keep the legend going

That would be down right classic.

Prowler
04-16-2009, 11:19 AM
its about time he parked his bus for good.

j05son
04-16-2009, 11:20 AM
It was getting really rough towards the end. Unfortunately it will probably be Collinsworthless, so the sound will remain off. Jaws would be awesome. Then I could at least turn the sound on for one of the two prime time games.

You're right, I shouldn't rush to put the sound on until we know the replacement...

princefielder28
04-16-2009, 11:23 AM
Good time for him to move on

NY+Giants=NYG
04-16-2009, 11:25 AM
Like him or not, he is a legend. Plus he can live off the royalties for the video game.

Brothgar
04-16-2009, 11:26 AM
This raises so many questions. Who's taking over for him in the booth? What will become of the video game franchise? I just pray to god .... it can't be ... PLEASE NO!

http://www.talkingnfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/roflbot-8.jpg

princefielder28
04-16-2009, 11:28 AM
Matt Millen isn't bad in the booth. He does know his stuff but he just can't run a football team.

Brothgar
04-16-2009, 11:31 AM
Matt Millen isn't bad in the booth. He does know his stuff but he just can't run a football team.

That's not the point he would be a constant reminder of the worst era in our teams or any other team's history.

E-Man
04-16-2009, 11:43 AM
So who is going to do the game with Al Michaels now?

Hopefully Shawn Michaels. I would love to see HBK in the booth in a Michaels & Michaels style tandem.:D

But Madden in all seriousness was an all time great. Love him, like him, or hate him you knew his voice. Think of how many generations grew up to his voice? My daddy did a little, I did, and my little brother did as well. That speaks legend if you ask me.

RagingColt
04-16-2009, 11:48 AM
Will miss listening to Madden on SNF. Jaws would be a good replacement if such a thing exists, but NBC will most likely promote Collinsworth, ugh. :eek:

619
04-16-2009, 11:50 AM
I think it'll be Collinsworth.

http://content.usatoday.com/topics/post/NBC/61987724.blog/1

hockey619
04-16-2009, 11:54 AM
Hes been losing his touch with age, but one thing that is undeniable: he brought a ton of passion for football to the game with him. That for me made him good as there are some guys who sound like theyd rather be jackin it back in the hotel or something.


That said i think they should have a tryout to fill the spot during preseason games and let fans vote.


It wont happen but itd be sick. Id be all for Jaws getting it as i think hes great in the booth.

Addict
04-16-2009, 12:01 PM
This raises so many questions. Who's taking over for him in the booth? What will become of the video game franchise? I just pray to god .... it can't be ... PLEASE NO!

http://www.talkingnfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/roflbot-8.jpg

Millen NFL 10

where, in franchise mode, all the teams draft wide receivers in the first round.

Mr.Regular
04-16-2009, 12:27 PM
nooooo I love Madden. Him and Michaels were by far the best combo out there. Him and Summerall were also great.
This is very sad news. The NFL has really lost some great legends lately...very sad.

Hines
04-16-2009, 12:34 PM
I think it'll be Collinsworth.

http://content.usatoday.com/topics/post/NBC/61987724.blog/1

Ew. He is so boring and I hate him so much. I think I would rather hear finger nails on a chalk board then having to listen to him anymore.

JRTPlaya21
04-16-2009, 12:40 PM
Nothing will happen to the video game yet.

General Zod
04-16-2009, 12:48 PM
Finally, now I can watch Sunday Night football with the sound on.

Better hold off on that, his replacement is going to be that douchbag Collinsworth.

Matthew Jones
04-16-2009, 12:51 PM
Sad to see him go, although to be honest he was mostly rambling and very little commentary at this point.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
04-16-2009, 12:55 PM
F you addict, I was gonna make a similar joke. Douche.

tjsunstein
04-16-2009, 12:56 PM
I hate Collinsworth. Yeah, I said it.

AJHawk50
04-16-2009, 12:56 PM
Collinsworth as the replacement, not the greatest but how does anyone compare to Madden.

No more LOVE of Brett Favre. :P

PoopSandwich
04-16-2009, 01:05 PM
Collinsworth is a worthless piece of ****... It's even more annoying when you're in the AFC North because he HATES every team besides the Bengals.

FlyingElvis
04-16-2009, 01:09 PM
This raises so many questions. Who's taking over for him in the booth? What will become of the video game franchise? I just pray to god .... it can't be ... PLEASE NO!

More importantly, who will take over slingin' the

BOOM!! Tough actin' Tinactin!!

Sad to see him go, although to be honest he was mostly rambling and very little commentary at this point.
Exactly. It has been hard to listen to for a few years now. But most announcers are too busy babbling away to closely follow the action. Madden was the best at it and successfully blended the rambling with solid knowledge while never missing the action - in his heyday, that is.

nobodyinparticular
04-16-2009, 01:19 PM
I must be the only guy who would not be excited to have Jaws in there. I just don't like the way that he presents things on air. His voice is annoying, his vocal inflection and emphasis, everything. And Collinsworth--that goes without saying. I would, however, be excited to hear Millen in the booth. I feel he does a good job.

Or how about Howie Long? That guy has a great on-air personality. He could be very good.

Hawk
04-16-2009, 01:20 PM
I must be the only guy who would not be excited to have Jaws in there. I just don't like the way that he presents things on air. His voice is annoying, his vocal inflection and emphasis, everything. And Collinsworth--that goes without saying. I would, however, be excited to hear Millen in the booth. I feel he does a good job.

Or how about Howie Long? That guy has a great on-air personality. He could be very good.

I feel the same way. Howie Long and Millen are the only ones that I would suggest right now.

nobodyinparticular
04-16-2009, 01:24 PM
I feel the same way. Howie Long and Millen are the only ones that I would suggest right now.

Which is incredibly funny because it would be passed down from one Raider great to another. Millen was not on the same level as Howie Long, but he people forget that he was actually a key member in the middle of the Raider defense for years.

Strongside
04-16-2009, 01:30 PM
:( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

yourfavestoner
04-16-2009, 01:31 PM
Bring Brian Billick to Monday Night Football. His future is in broadcasting - not coaching. He could be the next Madden if he wanted to.

fear the elf
04-16-2009, 01:55 PM
I must be the only guy who would not be excited to have Jaws in there. I just don't like the way that he presents things on air. His voice is annoying, his vocal inflection and emphasis, everything. And Collinsworth--that goes without saying. I would, however, be excited to hear Millen in the booth. I feel he does a good job.

Or how about Howie Long? That guy has a great on-air personality. He could be very good.

i agree. i totally hate jaws. he might be my least favorite broadcaster. i have not seen enough of millen to pass judgment, however.

Bring Brian Billick to Monday Night Football. His future is in broadcasting - not coaching. He could be the next Madden if he wanted to.

i want to hate brian billick so much, being a browns fan and b/c he seems so arrogant, but i have really liked him on nfl network, especially at the combine. i wouldn't be against it at all.

locseti
04-16-2009, 01:56 PM
A true icon. I would also prefer Millen or a guy like Howie Long over jaws, I just think his voice is annoying.

PACKmanN
04-16-2009, 02:11 PM
zomg, they could start a new franchise together. Madden can be the owner and Favre could be the GM, since he enjoys wanting to talk about what a GM should do.

The Unseen
04-16-2009, 02:35 PM
Bring Brian Billick to Monday Night Football. His future is in broadcasting - not coaching. He could be the next Madden if he wanted to.

True. I love Brian Billick as an analyst.

NIN1984
04-16-2009, 03:23 PM
Brian Billick would be interesting. He has done a few things for NFLN that I liked.

Splat
04-16-2009, 05:49 PM
NBC: Collinsworth To Replace Madden (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/04/16/nbc-collinsworth-to-replace-madden/)

Lame...

Shahin
04-16-2009, 05:53 PM
aaaaaaaaaaaand there goes Frank Caliendo's career

Good, horrible 1-trick comedian.

Brent
04-16-2009, 06:20 PM
I wish Keith Jackson still did announcing, he was by far the best.

JetSetFred
04-16-2009, 06:21 PM
I have a hunch it has something to do with the recent passing of Harry Kalas and it dawn on Madden that he needs to spend more time with the family. He don't want to die in the booth he's 73..

stephenson86
04-16-2009, 07:34 PM
going to miss him :(

niel89
04-16-2009, 07:59 PM
Bring Brian Billick to Monday Night Football. His future is in broadcasting - not coaching. He could be the next Madden if he wanted to.

I actually really like Billick as an analyst. He gives some insightful comments and he knows how to break down an offense.


Good, horrible 1-trick comedian.

Madden was all he really had going even though his Jim Rome aint bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s8BZjcP3qU

CJSchneider
04-16-2009, 10:30 PM
I'm going to miss the insanely basic logic that Madden presented.

"They're either going to run the ball here, or they're gonna pass it"

Genius!

Mr. Hero
04-16-2009, 10:38 PM
John Madden's long awaited retirement kicked off on Thursday, April 16th as the Football Legend and long-time NFL starting QB Brett Favre have completed their civil union and will be traveling through canada on the Bus, trying to find the next great QB with more arm strength than braincells.

Matthew Jones
04-17-2009, 12:43 AM
I'm going to miss the insanely basic logic that Madden presented.

"They're either going to run the ball here, or they're gonna pass it"

Genius!

Not to mention his hilarious anecdotes.

Addict
04-17-2009, 01:44 AM
I'm going to miss the insanely basic logic that Madden presented.

"They're either going to run the ball here, or they're gonna pass it"

Genius!

I'm guessing he was right on the money with that analysis.

LarryJohnson27
04-17-2009, 06:09 PM
I'm guessing he was right on the money with that analysis.

Nope. They punted.