They “Talk At Night”

In just over a month, “The Triplets” will be reunited in Canton, OH.

John Madden is convinced that the busts “talk at night.”  What will this trio talk about?  This fan can imagine plenty of teasing and ribbing going on.  Will Irvin and Aikman forever tease Smith for not knowing what the 1-15 season felt like?  Maybe, Smith and Irvin will forever tease Aikman for his singing abilities?  What about that fur coat Irvin?

I can also imagine the great stories of superstardom. Emmitt’s separated shoulder against the Giants.  Aikman winning; however, not even remembering the NFC Championship game. The rubber-man catch and touchdown by Irvin in Pasadena.  The list could go on and on.

Then there are the “what if” questions that will be ever present; however, seldom a word spoken.  What if the ’94 Championship game had been at Texas Stadium?  What if Jimmy had never left?  What if Irvin had just landed a bit differently that day?  What if?  What if?  What if?  These too can go on and on.

No matter the conversation when the lights go down in the corridors of Canton, this trio will now forever add the “Hall of Famer” tag to their “Triplets” moniker.

The Madden Curse

I have noticed that Demarcus Ware is one of the players being considered for the Madden 10 cover and there are alot of Cowboy fans wanting this, well I say no way.

The Madden Curse is why I say no to Ware on the cover of Madden 10, since Madden 2000 any player to appear on the cover of the game has seen their career drop. Let me give you the history of the Madden Curse.

Until Madden 2000 only John Madden had been featured on the cover of the game, so for Madden 2000 they put Barry Sanders on the cover with Madden and suddenly on July 29th Sanders retired from the NFL. It was years later that Sanders would admit that the reason for his sudden retirement was that he couldnt handle the culture of losing that had enveloped the Lions organization. He said it robbed him of his competitive spirit. Consequently, a culture of losing has followed every Madden Cover athlete since that year.

Madden 2001– Eddie George, his curse did not hit instantly but it did get him.

Madden 2002– Daunte Culpepper, his curse hit him in the 2001 season the year of his Madden Cover when his season ended in the 11th game because of a back injury, he had thrown 14 TD’s but also thrown 13 INT’s.

Madden 2003– Marshall Faulk, he did not miss any games during the 2002 season but an injured ankle took a big bite out of his normal stellar statistics.

Madden 2004– Michael Vick, just days after the game hit stores Vick fractured his leg in a pre-season game, the injury was so severe that he missed the first 11 games of the season.

Madden 2005– Ray Lewis, his cursed years happened from 2004-2005 when he had his worst stats in his career.

Madden 2006– Donovan McNabb, his cursed years were from 2005-2006 and he is still struggling to keep his job in Philly.

Madden 2007– Shaun Alexander, broke his foot in game 3 of the 2006 season and his career went downhill from there he has left the Seahawks and played for the Redskins in 2008 but was released and is now a free agent.

Madden 2008– Vince Young, Kerry Collins took his startring job thats enough said.

Madden 2009– Brett Farve, came out of retirement to try and play again for the Packers and he got traded to the Jets and started the season off great but at the end of the season when it counted I seen Farve play the worst ball I’ve seen from him ever.

So with all that stated I say put Big Ben Worthlessberger and Troy Polamalu on the cover and lets watch their careers go down the drain and not see Ware on the cover and have to watch a horrible season from him, because I dont know about everyone else but I want to see Ware break Strahans sack record.

Madden Retires, Collinsworth to Fill His Shoes

After 3 decades John Madden has decided to retire from football broadcasting. His famous voice and flamboyant analysis will no longer be heard on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

“It’s time,” Madden said. “I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and their five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not.”

Madden began his football career in 1967 with the Oakland Raiders. He started off as the linebackers coach and 2 years later was promoted to head coach.

In 1979 John led the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, retiring afterwards and went into broadcasting. After only ten years of coaching, he was the youngest coach ever to reach 100 career regular season victories. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones,  had this to say about John Madden:

“I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who loves the NFL, or cares about the NFL, more than John Madden. As a friend, I know that John’s respect and passion for the sport will be the two elements of his legacy that matter the most to him. His imprint and impact on our game were powerful and meaningful. His influence on the sport was felt by everyone — the guys in the equipment room, the players, the coaches, the owners, and most importantly, the fans.

“He’s going out on top — as the best we have — and the best we have ever had.”

NBC has named Chris Collinsworth to replace John Madden in the booth.