Posted tagged ‘John Madden’

Giants Spoil Cowboys’ Home Opener

September 21, 2009

The New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys last night in front of a record crowd of 105, 121 fans which broke the NFL’s previous record of just over 103, 000.

Everyone was in attendance from George Bush, John Madden and LeBron James to former Cowboy legends Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

From USA Today:

Lawrence Tines made it seem like the crowd could’ve been 10,000 when he punched through a 37-yard field with no time left to silence the stadium and leave Jerry Jones’ head shaking.

“Everybody makes a big deal because we spoiled their little party,” Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck said on Yahoo! Sports. “Every other game we play in the NFC East will be just as big.”

This wasn’t the biggest game of the year, though that’s probably the way the Cowboys wanted it to appear. Far from it. Despite an electric atmosphere, worshipping Cowboys owner Jones for his Texas-sized credit card, all the dust eventually settled and what was left was just another divisional game that both teams needed to have. Probably more-so for the Cowboys in their first game inside the $1.15 billion stadium.

John Madden Retires

April 16, 2009

NBC said John Madden, who has been one pro football’s top broadcast analysts in recent memory, has decided to retire.

Madden hasn’t, in my opinion, been the same over the past couple of years. It seems that a move in networks and a shake up of analyst teams just hasn’t been the best for him and I’m glad to see that he is stepping away from the game. I miss the days of Madden and Pat Summerall calling a game. Those were my glory days growing up!

I’ll miss the excitement that he brings to the booth but I know that there are others who will be able to step into his shoes. One thing that the NFL has is a pleathora of announcers (Chris Berman, Al Michaels, Bob Costas). The NFL will survive :)

From the Associated Press:

The 73-year-old Madden has been working for the past three seasons on NBC’s Sunday night NFL game. His last telecast was the Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh.

Since he left coaching in 1979, the former Oakland Raiders coach has worked as an analyst for all four broadcast networks. His “Madden NFL Football” is the top-selling sports video game of all time.

Madden is reluctant to fly and often traveled to games in a specially-equipped bus. He said in a statement that he still loves all aspects of the job, “but I know this is the right time.”


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