I know this may be heresy as he seems to be one of the most beloved figures in America right now, and I know he’s supposed to be one of the major gurus in sports, but I think John Madden’s losing it.
I only watched bits and pieces of the game last night—when I went to bed Green Bay was still leading Minnesota—but I saw enough to hear Madden say some really stupid stuff. I mean, yeah, I know, he’s supposed to be one of the most knowledgeable and insightful commentators in all of sports. And I’m sure he is. I must have just missed those quips. Because here’s one I heard, right after Brett Favre had completed a pass for a big gain:
"See, that’s the thing with Favre. If you’re a cornerback and you’re gonna guess, you’re gonna have to guess right or Favre will burn you."
Really, John? No shit? You don’t say. Never mind a first-ballot Hall of Famer like Brett Favre. If you guess wrong with pretty much any NFL starting quarterback you’re gonna get burned. That’s how it works.
If you guess wrong with Drew Bledsoe, you’re gonna get burned. If you guess wrong with Drew Brees, you’re gonna get burned. If you guess wrong with Kurt Warner, you’re gonna get burned. If you guess wrong with Kyle Orton, you’re gonna get burned. Hell’s bells, if you guess wrong with Joey Harrington, chances are, you’re gonna get burned. Well, maybe not Harrington. No, you know what? Even with Harrington.
So, yes, John, if you guess wrong with Brett Favre, you’re gonna get burned. Thank you for explaining that. Now can you go over the whole thing about what a first down means? Say, how many points is a touchdown worth?
Sheesh. A color guy’s supposed to talk when he has something to say, not just to use up oxygen. Madden still knows more about the game than I ever, ever will. I just wish he’d show that rather than flapping his lips to kill time. Brett Favre was on the field. If you got nothin’ to say, then shut up and just let us watch.