Give Me a Fucking Break with the John Madden Tributes

I’ve spent the past few days listening to a lot of writers and broadcasters give John Madden one

Sporting a hair-do you would see in a Farelly Brothers movie. Remember get Madden Football for your IBM computer.

Sporting a hair-do you would see in a Farelly Brothers movie. Remember get Madden Football for your IBM computer.

big stroke after another.  Now I get why his colleagues at NBC are going to be positive, but I’ve haven’t come across any major figure who’s spoken the real truth about Madden.  Here’s a guy who was a fucking joke for at least a decade.  Any real football fan would groan when they knew Madden was doing the game, which was made all the worse because he was the doing the top games.

Madden started off as an enjoyable figure, who brought some real excitement to the broadcast back in the 80’s and early 90’s.  But well before the time this decade was rolling around, he had already become a fucking parody of himself.  There is a reason that of all the great impressions Frank Caliendo does that Madden was the one that resonated the most.  Madden was a goofy buffoon, who rarely offered anything but the most obvious statements.  This was fine for video games, but as NFL fans have become more knowledgeable about the game, Madden became a broadcasting punchline.

I’m glad the guy retired, but it was about a decade too late for us fans who really want a color man

High Five Me, Madden is retiring!

High Five Me, Madden is retiring!

who provides quality analysis.  Madden’s replacement, Cris Collinsworth is the best analyst in all of sports television, so NBC just had a major upgrade to its broadcasting team.  Unlike a lot of other bloggers, I don’t make it a habit of ripping most broadcasters, as I think it’s a harder job than most people understand.  My problem with Madden is that he’s become incredibly famous and wealthy by playing the part of Captain Obvious.  I wish him no ill-will, but the NFL will be better off without him.

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