Local artist honors John Madden with a new mural at EA Sports Orlando studio
ORLANDO, Fla. — EA Sports surprised fans with the return of John Madden on the newest game cover of Madden NFL 23. However, that isn’t the only way EA is honoring the late sportscaster’s legacy. EA Orlando partnered with local artist Andrew Spear to design a five-story art piece that includes a Madden mural that pays homage to the iconic NFL coach, broadcaster and namesake of the EA Sports Madden NFL video game. The artwork spans five floors and works up the main staircase in the new EA Orlando studio in downtown Orlando’s Creative Village. Read: Bite30 is back and ready to serve up Orlando’s best culinary treatsTo learn more about his work, CLICK HERE.wftv.com
John Madden appearing on cover of Madden NFL 23 video game for first time since 2000
John Madden on the cover: John Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. (Doug Benc/Getty Images, File)There is usually plenty of debate over who appears on the annual “Madden NFL” video game. The late John Madden will appear on the “Madden NFL 23″ cover, EA Sports announced in a news release. Madden was the focus for the inaugural cover of the game, called “John Madden Football,” and released on June 1, 1988, Sports Illustrated reported. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 33 John Madden through the years 1969: Head Coach John Madden, of the Oakland Raiders, on the sidelines during a game on November 2, 1969 against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.wftv.com
New this week: Rebel Wilson, The Black Keys, 'Firestarter'
This week’s new entertainment releases include a fresh album from The Black Keys, Rebel Wilson starring as a popular high school senior who emerges from a coma after 20 years, and the period drama “Operation Mincemeat,” based on a risky and real military operation in World War II.
The Latest: Burrow throws a 72-yard touchdown pass to Chase
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean) (Jeff Dean)The Latest from Week 17 of the NFL (all times EST):___1:58 p.m.Joe Burrow has thrown a 72-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase to cut Cincinnati's cut deficit against Kansas City to seven points. On the second play of Cincinnati’s next drive, Burrow and Chase hooked up for the big touchdown. With his 40-yard completion to receiver Laquon Treadwell in the first quarter of their matchup with New England, Lawrence has set the Jaguars single-season rookie passing yards mark. He entered the game leading all rookies with 319 completions and ranking second with 3,225 yards passing. He needed 47 just more yards passing to break Gardner Minshew's record for the most in franchise history by a rookie.wftv.com
The Latest: NFL honors memories of John Madden, Dan Reeves
Obit John Madden Football FILE - Oakland Raiders coach John Madden stands on the sideline during an NFL football game in October 1978. (AP Photo, File) (Uncredited)The Latest from Week 17 of the NFL (all times EST):___12:20 p.m. The NFL will kick off Week 17 with moments of silence at every game in remembrance of Hall of Famer John Madden, who died this week at age 85. Madden posted a 103-32-7 regular season coaching record and led the Raiders to a win in Super Bowl 11. And thanks to video games, Madden became a cultural icon for generations of fans.wftv.com
NFL teams will honor John Madden with moment of silence before Sunday’s games
The NFL will hold a moment of silence before all of its games on Sunday to honor Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden. “As you know, the NFL lost a true giant on Tuesday with the passing of John Madden,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote earlier this week in a memo to teams. >> John Madden dies at 85, NFL saysMadden, who coached in Oakland from 1969 to 1978, led the Raiders to a 103-32-7 regular-season record and won Super Bowl XI after the 1976 season. More notably, he became the face of the video game “Madden NFL,” which originated in 1988 as “John Madden Football.”Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 33 John Madden through the years 1969: Head Coach John Madden, of the Oakland Raiders, on the sidelines during a game on November 2, 1969 against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.wftv.com
Cheez-It Bowl generating big business, crowds downtown
ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 40,000 fans are expected to attend this year’s Cheez-It Bowl. After nearly two years of dealing with the pandemic, many businesses are anxious to make big money. There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for the big game. READ: John Madden dies at 85, NFL saysThe Cheez-It Bowl is expected to bring in millions of dollars. We got this bowl game on a Wednesday, New Year’s game on Saturday,” said Tracy Williams, owner of Tony’s Downtown Barbershop.wftv.com
Reaction to the death of NFL coach, broadcaster John Madden
Obit John Madden Football FILE - Fox broadcasters Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden stand in the broadcast booth at the Superdome before Super Bowl 36 on Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. ___“I was saddened to hear about the passing of John Madden, at age 85. ___“RIP to the legend Coach John Madden! ___“Coach John Madden was an NFL icon, who played, coached and gave his name to a video game. ___“John Madden absolutely roasting Troy Aikman for 44-seconds over Aikman’s inability to grow a beard will always be one of my favorite John Madden memories ...” — Former NBA player Rex Chapman.wftv.com
John Madden dies at 85, NFL says
John Madden John Madden speaks during a press conference where he awarded the New England Patriots offensive linemen with the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award for being this year's best offensive line, as determined by John Madden and fan voting, at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 3, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images, File)The NFL announced that Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and football personality John Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday morning. >> Read more trending newsIn a statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shared condolences for Madden’s family. “We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” Goodell said. There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”Check back for more on this developing story.wftv.com
John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster, dies at 85
Fox-All Madden Special FILE - Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden speaks about former quarterback Ken Stabler, pictured at rear, at a ceremony honoring Stabler during halftime of an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2015. Many gamers will be receiving the latest edition of the “Madden” video game for the holidays. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (Ben Margot)Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster John Madden, whose exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades, died Tuesday morning, the NFL said. Coaching the renegade Oakland Raiders, Madden compiled a stellar 103-32-7 regular-season record and led his team to victory in the Super Bowl after the 1976 season. He also was the name behind the hugely popular sports video game, “Madden NFL Football.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
'All Madden' documentary a labor of love for Fox Sports
'All Madden' documentary a labor of love for Fox Sports. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (Ben Margot)Many gamers will receive the latest edition of the “Madden” video game for the holidays. Or as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell succinctly puts it: “John Madden is to the NFL what Elvis Presley is to rock-and-roll. “All Madden” is also significant because it is the first long-form documentary that has been done by Fox Sports, whereas past projects were contracted to production companies. “To have the subject matter be John, I think it’s absolutely perfect because of what he has meant to Fox,” Santos said.wftv.com
Call of Duty among finalists for Video Game Hall of Fame
This photo, provided by the Strong National Museum of Play, in Rochester, N.Y., Tuesday, March 16, 2021, shows 12 finalists for 2021 induction into the Video Game Hall of Fame. (Strong National Museum of Play via AP)ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Voting is open for the next inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, with Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Animal Crossing among the 12 finalists. "These finalists embody what it means to be a good game,” said Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong museum, where the hall of fame is housed. The winners are chosen by an international committee of journalists and scholars versed in video games and their role in society. AdThe hall inducted its first class in 2015 with the goal of recognizing electronic games of all types — arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile.
Manning and Lynch join together for a 3rd career highlight
Manning was selected Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)NFL greats elsewhere, Peyton Manning and John Lynch shared a second career in Denver. Close friends Manning and Lynch, who joke about drinking Mai Tai cocktails together at Pro Bowls in Hawaii and then charging them to hotel rooms of other players, are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2021. This is the ultimate that one player could ever achieve after their playing days are over.”Like Pearson, Flores and Lynch, Faneca had a lengthy wait. During the pandemic, Baker instead traveled to the houses of the four modern-day players and Flores, and he surprised Manning at the Broncos' stadium.
Sharks retain Bob Boughner as coach, removing interim tag
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson formally retained Boughner as San Jose's coach Tuesday, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach in franchise history. He’s very open-minded in looking to find solutions.”Boughner also hired Rocky Thompson as his associate coach and John Madden as an assistant coach. Mike Ricci, the former Sharks forward who became an assistant under Boughner, will be an NHL development coach. Thompson succeeded Boughner as the head coach at Windsor in 2015, and he won the Memorial Cup in 2017. He spent the past three seasons as head coach of the AHL's Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' top affiliate.