John Madden Retires: Global Warming Delayed Five Years

April 16, 2009 | Comments (0) | by T.R.

A piano dropped out of the sky Thursday when John Madden released a statement announcing his retirement from the broadcast booth. Obvious speculation is that Cris Collinsworth will take over for Madden alongside Al Michaels for NBC's Sunday Night Football.

The former Oakland Raiders coach and TV color man of the last thirty years will be sorely missed by legions of elderly and middle aged men, as well as hoards of high school and college students who only vaguely recognize his name from the front of a video game box.

Madden leaves his wife, two children, and five grandchildren. Wait a minute, he didn't pass away, he just retired the horse trailer. Surely some network will drag him out for a night or two this season, whether it's NBC if they still hold sway, or possibly CBS since they have the next Super Bowl. The games always feel bigger when Madden is involved. He is a damned NFL institution, and will sorely be missed. We wish him a tranquil retirement.