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Madden Not Calling This Week's "SNF," Ending Streak At 476 Games
Published October 14, 2008
|Madden Says Decision To Skip "SNF"
Telecast Is A "Quality Of Life Issue"
NEEDING A BYE WEEK: Madden: "I just wanted to have a bye. ... The whole thing starts with the Raiders and 49ers not being good. I never get a home game. I've got five grandkids now and I want to be home a little. Last year, I never got home at all." In N.Y., Richard Sandomir reports Madden actually will "get two weeks off," as NBC on October 26 "will not carry a game rather than go head-to-head with Game 4 of the World Series on Fox." Madden is scheduled to return to the booth for the November 2 Patriots-Colts game (N.Y. TIMES, 10/14).
A SIGN OF WHO'S NEXT? DEADSPIN's A.J. Daulerio wrote Collinsworth filling in for Madden leads "to the obvious speculation that he'll be the eventual heir to the Madden throne." However, Collinsworth has said that is "not in his future plans and he has no desire to fly around the country every weekend covering football games because he likes watching his kids grow up" (DEADSPIN.com, 10/13).