I watched the FOX Sports documentary “All Madden,” celebrating the life of the legendary Oakland Raiders coach and NFL broadcaster John Madden on Christmas Day. It was beautifully done. Ninety minutes flew by.
And then came Tuesday night and the shocking news that Madden died unexpectedly at the age of 85.
Boom. My jaw dropped.
Madden was a character on the field and in the broadcast booth. He guided the Raiders to the Super Bowl XI title in 1977. After retiring from coaching in 1978, he joined CBS as an analyst, working with a variety of announcers before being teamed with Pat Summerall during the 1981 season to form one of the all-time great announcing teams.
Madden revolutionized the way NFL games are broadcasted. From diagramming plays on a telestrator to his excited reactions to plays made watching the games Summerall and Madden announced must-see TV.
When FOX won the bidding for the NFC package from CBS in 1993, Madden and Summerall moved to FOX, giving the fledgling network, which started in October 1986, instant credibility. Madden would move to ABC’s “Monday Night Football” in 2002, joining Al Michaels. Four years later, the duo moved to NBC when the network acquired the “Sunday Night Football” package. Madden retired in 2009. He won 16 Sports Emmys. Amazing.
Madden will also be remembered for starting the Madden Football video game that continues to be popular. The younger generation of Madden fans probably know him more for that than for his coaching and broadcasting career.
And I remember him from those Miller Lite commercials, busting through walls and explaining why he liked the beer.
There will no doubt be tributes on Sunday, when the games are played. I hope that all the announcers throw in some “Booms” during the broadcasts.
If you didn’t get to see “All Madden,” it is streaming on ESPN+, Peacock and Tubi.
R.I.P. John Madden.
I was 12-4 in Week 16. I improved to 149-92-1.
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Here are my picks for Week 17.
Philadelphia 35, Washington 14
New Orleans 14, Carolina 6
Tampa Bay 38, N.Y. Jets 17
Tennessee 24, Miami 21
New England 56, Jacksonville 0
Indianapolis 24, Las Vegas 20
Kansas City 31, Cincinnati 28
Chicago 16, N.Y. Giants 3
Buffalo 27, Atlanta 13
San Francisco 23, Houston 17
L.A; Chargers 28, Denver 10
L.A. Rams 30, Baltimore 20
Seattle 21, Detroit 14
Dallas 35, Arizona 20
Green Bay 34, Minnesota 14
Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 17
WEEK 17 TV SCHEDULE
(Subject to change)
CBS6 (WRGB) — N.Y. Giants at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes, Jay Feely).
FOX23 (WXXA) — Atlanta at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin); Arizona at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — L.A. Rams at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Adam Amin, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver); Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins); Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (Aaron Goldsmith, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake); Jacksonville at New England, 1 p.m. (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss); Las Vegas at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh); Kansas City at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson); Tampa Bay at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jen Hale); Houston at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross); Denver at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn); Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (Brandon Gaudin, Matt Millen, Sarah Kustok); Detroit at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi).
NBC13 (WNYT) — Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Kathryn Tappen).
ESPN and ESPN2 — Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN: Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters; ESPN2: Manning Cast).
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