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Cindy Boren
Deputy Sports Editor

Cindy Boren

The Post's NFL/Redskins editor

He Made Us Much Smarter

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What makes John Madden unique and uniquely important is that he managed to matter across many platforms and generations.

If you were a kid in a household that happened to root for an AFL/AFC West team other than the Oakland Raiders, you might have learned some colorful (and the color was decidedly blue) words from your parents when his Raiders played, oh, say, the Kansas City Chiefs.

If you happened to be coming of age when his broadcasting career started, he have taught you the nuances of the game. Sure, you had a pretty good idea about strategy and Xs and Os, but you saw the field differently. You were smarter and more sophisticated. The bar was forever elevated by his commentary.

For another generation, the same was true of his video games. They were ground-breaking. They were fun. And, as with his game-calling, he made your a smarter and more sophisticated observer of the game.

And it didn't stop there. There were contributions that cut to the quick culturally: the Madden curse, the turducken, the bus, the commercials.

He may not have been at the top of his game over the last few years, but, really, how can anyone hope to top him?

By Cindy Boren  |  April 16, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I was lucky enough for my team to be Pittsburgh, and there were some classics between Oakland and Pgh in those days. He was the best analyst in the business, and he has set the bar. Was stick-um allowed in the first few sets of his video games?

Posted by: delOH | April 17, 2009 6:51 AM

Where is an editor when you need one?

Posted by: forgetthis | April 17, 2009 10:53 AM

Obviously John had absolutely no effect on the editing and proofreading "talent" at the Washington Post!

Posted by: kondrek | April 17, 2009 4:30 PM

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