Usually when a high-profile broadcaster announces his retirement, the assumption is that somebody asked him to close the door from the outside. That was the first thought for many when NBC stunned the TV world today with the announcement that John Madden had decided to hang up his signature ``boom!"
But, at the risk of not being as cynical as my job description mandates, I think this is a case of a guy knowing when to get out. At 73, Madden was at the top of his game. The Sunday night format had rejuvenated him after a few years of repeating the same-old, same-old and using the B-word far too often.
“It’s kind of on my terms," Madden said. ``Everybody’s going to say, ‘Madden retires. What’s wrong?’ There’s nothing wrong with me.”
And apparently he wanted to keep it that way, avoiding the slow slide into mediocrity that too many announcers experience in their latter years.
Choosing Cris Collinsworth as his replacement is a good move. Though a bit chattier than he should be at times, Collinsworth is a sharp analyst with a sense of humour. Working with Al Michaels can only make him better.
OVECHKIN'S NOT-S0-STAR TURN
And now, for your viewing enjoyment, the Atlanta Thrashers do a classic low-bridge on Alex Ovechkin's acting exploits. Funny stuff from both the Atlanta guys and Ovechkin. Too bad the Thrashers don't play as well as they act.