John Madden: Boom

Yesterday I somehow found myself looking at the Wikipedia page for John Madden. I was trying to figure out if he had ever actually played pro football or not (the answer is no).

There was one part of the Wikipedia entry that really made me laugh. You see, he’s always driven me crazy whenever I watch football games that he’s announcing for. He never says anything enlightening and has the annoying habit of overstating the obvious. Apparently I’m not the only one who noticed:

Madden sometimes ends up the butt of jokes, as occasionally his commentary borders on the rhetorical and blatantly obvious. This tendency may have increased since his final years of working with Pat Summerall. It’s not uncommon for someone to rib on Madden’s “Maddenisms” by saying something like “You can’t win a game if you don’t score any points.” or “If the quarterback completes a pass in the endzone, it’s a touchdown.” In November 2006, The Onion ran a sports brief headlined, “John Madden Reminds Viewers Of Importance Of Quarterback To NFL Teams.” Madden has also been made the butt of jokes for his frequent “BOOM” comments, such as when a player hits another player hard. [Wikipedia]

That article in The Onion that the entry mentions is actually pretty funny. The Wikipedia entry also mentions comedian Frank Caliendo doing Madden impressions. So I looked them up and was laughing pretty hard in no time at all.

Last but not least, the famous John Madden Popcorn Popper skit from Mad TV. Make sure to watch the whole thing because the ending is priceless.

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