By Bruce Bullington
Senior TV Critic
John Madden is going to miss tonightâ€™s Seattle-Tampa Bay game. Itâ€™s going to be the first game heâ€™s missed since becoming an NFL color analyst in 1980.
He says itâ€™s just because he doesnâ€™t want to take the bus across the country. Madden is notoriously afraid of flying, so he has to take a bus from city to city.
Hey John, youâ€™re 72 years old. How about growing a pair and hopping on an airplane? Itâ€™s been almost 30 years since youâ€™ve been on one. Theyâ€™re pretty nice now. Iâ€™m willing to bet NBC will even pop for first class. Ask Al Michaels. Do you think that ego-maniac has seen the inside of coach since the Regan administration?
Better yet, John, take the bus and go home. Youâ€™re skills are slipping, and you donâ€™t want to the embarrassment that Pat Summerall became at the end of his career, do you? You were once the best color man in the business, but now youâ€™re just a caricature, a living parody of senseless ramblings and catchphrases. Witness the link below to see how little separation there is between the Frank Caliendo impression and the real deal.
Gas up the bus and head for home, John. You had a good ride, but itâ€™s been over for a while now. Leave while you still have some dignity.