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"Then Madden Said to Summerall. . ."
But Madden managed to transcend being someone who simply talked about what was going on between the plays. He became much more than a familiar voice and face that was always there to explain what had happened, what would happen next and what was happening on the perimeter. You want to know why Madden was on equal footing with the NFL? Because after NBC announced Madden's retirement from the Sunday Night Football booth , my e-mail inbox began filling up with reaction to the news from NFL and broadcast dignitaries throughout the country. The story was treated with far greater reverence than is normally afforded the end of a longtime career behind a microphone because of the realization that there won't be another like the one Madden enjoyed for 30 years.
He was the brand within the brand. There was the NFL game on the field and then there was the Madden perspective, never to be confused with that of any other color analyst in the league or other sports for that matter. Nobody sees the game like he does. Nobody is as good as he is.
I consider Simms to be one of the very best color analysts in the game. I hold his football opinions in high regard. But I don't agree with him on this one. People did tune in to hear what Madden had to say. I won't say it was the only reason or even the primary reason. But it was a reason, and a significant one. You had to listen to what Madden said because it almost always made sense -- even those silly, boom!
It came to you in a no-frills package, the type of thing you were comfortable receiving because it felt like being in a discussion with a friend or relative with whom you were watching the game.
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It was a little rough and unpolished, the way conversations between fans are supposed to be. Madden's video game and commercial endorsements and bestselling books are part of an empire, but they're not the reason that he towered over so many others in the broadcast business after a successful coaching career that was so long ago it is almost treated as a footnote.
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The reason was his amazing ability to make doing what he did on TV seem so effortless, so un-broadcast-like. Chris Russo. The Babe Signed My Shoe. Ernie Harwell. Tales from the Philadelphia Phillies Dugout. Rich Westcott. Mike Stone. Joe Falls. Andy Gresh. Take Your Eye Off the Ball. Pat Kirwan. Notre Dame Golden Moments. Chris Millard. Tucker Elliot. Fantasy Life. Matthew Berry. Tales from the Cleveland Browns Sideline. Tony Grossi. Batting Stance Guy. Gar Ryness.
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