John Madden parks the Cruiser for a week
If NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol had a sense of daring, he could have tried that experiment this Sunday night, as Madden is going to sit out NBC's broadcast of the Buccaneers-Seahawks game in Tampa. The week off was Ebersol's idea; last night's game was in San Diego, making a cross-country trek for Madden and his famous Cruiser (he doesn't fly) right before a week off, as NBC defers to the World Series.
The executive proposed the idea to Madden when the schedule came out, but Madden only said yes a couple of weeks ago. According to the network, this is the first time Madden's missed a regular-season broadcast since he began on CBS in 1980, a 476-game streak that even Brett Favre can't match.
Unfortunately, Ebersol has decided to have Cris Collinsworth take Madden's place alongside Al Michaels in the Sunday Night Football booth. Don't get me wrong; Collinsworth is a great analyst. I just would have rather heard Caliendo in that spot. I guess it's just as well; Calliendo's Madden impression has been slipping lately, anyway.