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Tonight’s final segment focuses on John Madden

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As we were looking for ways to make the last segment of Pro Football Talk more interactive, we’re reminded that today is the 77th birthday of Hall of Fame coach John Madden.

First, happy birthday, Coach.

Second, we’ll acknowledge the event during the final segment of the show, and we’ll report on the results of the question posted below.

So tune in at 5:00 p.m. ET for the winner, plus whatever we have to say about it.  And, yes, since it won’t happen until the last segment of the show, you don’t have to tune in until like 5:55 p.m. ET.  But we would greatly appreciate your viewership earlier than that.

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17 Responses to “Tonight’s final segment focuses on John Madden”
  1. nineroutsider says: Apr 10, 2013 2:51 PM

    I grew up on Madden and Summerall announcing games. They always did the 9ers games for CBS (then FOX).

    “95% of the game is half mental”…

  2. threatlevelbob says: Apr 10, 2013 2:51 PM

    Turducken.

  3. ravenstink says: Apr 10, 2013 2:56 PM

    I think of all the times the Steelers pounded his Raiders despite their criminal element.

  4. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 10, 2013 3:02 PM

    “You know its cold out there, when we played we had wraps, tape and towels to keep our hands warm and help catch the ball ….. nowaddays the players got these things called gloves.”

    Madden is one of a kind, the homer simpson of football.

    Great coach, man and entertainer.

  5. blacknole08 says: Apr 10, 2013 3:10 PM

    Madden was really the first announcer to use the telestrator when going over the replays. I learned so much about formations, the language used in the huddle, etc. from watching and hearing him call games.

    His enthusiasm made watching games fun and always made sure the viewer at home understand in the most simplistic way what just happened.

    I also loved the fact that he traveled to games via the Madden bus.

  6. blacknole08 says: Apr 10, 2013 3:12 PM

    And instead of Video Game icon I’d say Madden curse. That’s probably bigger than the video game itself.

    EAsports has gotten too complacent since they got the exclusive licence in 2004 and Madden hasn’t been all that great these past few years.

  7. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 10, 2013 3:24 PM

    Nothing beats a good “de-cleater”

  8. kd75 says: Apr 10, 2013 3:42 PM

    If video game isn’t the first thing that pops into year head when You hear the name Madden, you are older than 35.

  9. dluxxx says: Apr 10, 2013 3:57 PM

    I equate the name Madden with Brett Favre. He was always talking about him, even when it wasn’t even a game that Favre was involved in…

  10. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Apr 10, 2013 4:00 PM

    The poll should have a 4th option which would read “Blowhard who never stopped talking in an incredibly obnoxious manner”
    That’s the one I would have voted for.

  11. rhamrhoddy says: Apr 10, 2013 4:14 PM

    I think of announcer first but early Madden for Sega with the ambulance cart-offs and halftime scores is somewhere in the Top 5.

  12. theghostofberniekosar says: Apr 10, 2013 4:22 PM

    The first thing I think of is the double-touch rule.

  13. tdk24 says: Apr 10, 2013 4:45 PM

    When the itching and burning of athlete’s foot flares up…

  14. axespray says: Apr 10, 2013 4:54 PM

    ….(sadly) – Frank Caliendo ….ugh!

  15. radrntn says: Apr 10, 2013 4:57 PM

    ravenstink says:
    Apr 10, 2013 2:56 PM
    I think of all the times the Steelers pounded his Raiders despite their criminal element
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    I love the word “pounded” . another idiotic steeler fan. Fact was it took the “immaculate deception” for the steelers to do anything. If anything the raiders and steelers played each other very tough, and tight games to the final seconds. The biggest “pounding the steelers ever could mamage was a 24-13 win in the AFC championship game

    10/20/1980 Oakland Raiders 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 34 –
    09/25/1977 Oakland Raiders 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 7 –
    12/26/1976 Oakland Raiders 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 7 (AFC Championship Game) 53,821
    09/12/1976 Oakland Raiders 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 28 –
    01/04/1976 Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Oakland Raiders 10 (AFC Championship Game) 50,609
    12/29/1974 Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Oakland Raiders 13 (AFC Championship Game) 53,800
    09/29/1974 Oakland Raiders 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 0 –
    12/22/1973 Oakland Raiders 33, Pittsburgh Steelers 14 (AFC Divisional Playoff Game) 52,646
    11/11/1973 Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Oakland Raiders 9 –
    12/23/1972 Pittsburgh Steelers 13, Oakland Raiders 7 (AFC Divisional Playoff Game) 50,327
    09/17/1972 Pittsburgh Steelers 34, Oakland Raiders 28 –
    10/25/1970 Oakland Raiders 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 14

    Six times in 10 seasons, Oakland recorded 10 or more victories. In 1976, the coach guided his team to a near-perfect 13-1 record to win the AFC Western Division. The success continued in the post-season with wins over New England in the divisional playoff game and a commanding 24-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Madden and the Raiders capped the 1976 season with a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. Between the 1976 and 1977 seasons, the Raiders won 17 consecutive games, one short of the then-NFL record for consecutive wins.

  16. jackericsson says: Apr 10, 2013 9:12 PM

    When I hear the name Madden, the first thing that comes to mind is annoying. Boom, Boom, Boom. He announced like he was teaching a 1st grader. I guess he got that way from talking to Raider fans a lot.

  17. joetoronto says: Apr 11, 2013 4:15 AM

    It doesn’t matter what the 12 year olds say, Madden was a part of every football fan’s life in at least one way, maybe two or three.

    Hats off to big John.

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