A Genius Passes Away Without So Much As A Tribute From IGN, Gamespot, Or 1up asks if today's news was regarding John Madden instead of Bill Walsh do you still think that the big three would have no mention of his passing?


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Bill Walsh College Football '95 is a video game of the sports genre released in 1994 by EA Sports. It features former NFL and then Stanford Cardinal football head coach Bill Walsh on the cover and several Stanford players. It was the first college football videogame with a namesake and NCAA license which paved the way for the popular NCAA Football series.

Just because EA pulled Bill Walsh's name off the game doesn't mean it never happened. Years from now Madden may just be EA NFL Football, does that mean Madden never existed?

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FordGTGuy3952d ago

but do you expect every website to tribute every person who dies when they have a little something to do with gaming?

Of course John Madden will be mention on gaming sites if he were to pass away and thats because his name has been on one of the best selling gaming franchises ever created. The same goes with Tony Hawk.

Don't get me wrong i'm not trying to say anything bad about the guy but c'mon.

Nostradavis3952d ago (Edited 3952d ago )

Where are we going?

Seriously though man, I am not trying to give you a hard time, but Madden couldn't carry Walsh's jock strap.

You can't compare everyone that passes away that has a little to do with gaming to Bill Walsh. The man is up there with the greatest coaches of all time, his schemes directly effect the sport of football like very few have, and he had a video game that was one of the first to ever focus on the sport of college football. It paved the way for the NCAA Football video game we play today.

As a sports gamer myself I was upset to find that the man wasn't mentioned at all. I am not saying that he should have been front page on every gaming site, but to not be mentioned at all is just a shame.

Games today are extremely realistic and closely based on the real efforts of men like Bill Walsh. How difficult would it have been for them to write a piece that called out the creator of the west coast offense? Not very hard at all.

Our society as a whole has a tendency to forget, the poster below me is a perfect example of why he needs to be mentioned.

FirstknighT3952d ago

I live in San Francisco all my life and a die hard 49er fan. Bill Walsh is a legend and will surely be missed.

But people die all the time and if they are not directly involved in video games than it is hard to pick and choose who gets the respect on these sites. But I do see your point about if Madden dies that his news would be all over these gamesites. Unfortunately if you are not an old school football fan or a bay area native than this news wouldn't really matter to you. I know it's sad but that is the way society is. It's a selfish society.

Kids today probably don't even know what team Madden coached, they just know his name on the video game box. Madden was the more hipper coach with his "BAM" and "BOOM" talk but Bill Walsh was a master on what he did. Madden was a great coach but Bill Walsh reinvented the way football was played. Almost every head coach in the NFL someway assisted Bill Walsh.

I like the post Nostradavis...for those who don't like it because it's not a video game shouldn't of clicked on this to begin with.

Maddens Raiders3952d ago (Edited 3952d ago )

you made me unblock #1 because of your fvcking stupd a$$ comments. Madden couldn't hold Walsh's jock strap? - he can't, because you do it so well...

Both of them are in the Hall jagoff, so wtf are you talking about? You talk about that piece of shyt game Walsh put out and compare it to Madden's run. Oh btw genius, John Madden just happens to have had the best winning percentage in the NFL. Ever heard of team of the decades there *sparky??? Let me enlighten: Oh, and I have nothing against Walsh except the fact that the Raiders are 6-5 lifetime vs. the 9ers.(lol) a/w here ya go:
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Madden Selected for Hall of Fame

Legendary Raiders Head Coach John Madden was selected for induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame on February 4, 2006 in Canton, Ohio. Madden, who coached the Silver and Black from 1969-78 and retired with a record of 112-39-7 including postseason games, becomes the 17th Raider to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Madden joins Jim Otto (Class of 1980), George Blanda (1981), Willie Brown (1984), Gene Upshaw (1987), Fred Biletnikoff (1988), Art Shell (1989), Ted Hendricks (1990), Al Davis (1992), Mike Haynes (1997), Eric Dikerson (1999), Howie Long (2000), Ronnie Lott (2000), Dave Casper (2002), Marcus Allen (2003), James Lofton (2003) and Bob Brown (2004).

"I am in shock, anything I say comes from the heart. I haven't taken a normal breath [since the announcement]," Madden said. "I'm so proud to be in the Hall of Fame. As a coach, it's all about players. I had great players and I want to thank every one of them. I want to thank [Owner] Al Davis and the Raiders organization for the opportunity. I'm humble and grateful."

"It's time John took his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," said Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. "He certainly brings an excellence to it that no one can deny."

"I saw greatness in John and he lived up to it. I also saw a tremendous competitor who loved to win. John is a standard bearer, someone that players, coaches, fans and the Raider Nation can all look up to. One of his great virtues, the fire that burned brightest in him, was his love and passion for football, which was seldom ever equaled."

"He not only competed against the greatest coaches, he played in the greatest games - Heidi Game, Immaculate Reception, Holy Roller, Sea of Hands and won the Super Bowl in 1976."

"He also coached some of the greatest players in the history of the game - including Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Ted Hendricks, Jim Otto, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw - and now will join them in the Hall of Fame."

"John's influence, even though his tenure as head coach of the Raiders spanned 10 years, carries on to this day. At the end, he got his break with the networks and he's done great with that. He's done great with everything he's touched."

"I think someday the epitaph that shall be his will read: He was a football coach, he was a brilliant football coach. It's about time everyone raised their hand and saluted to John 'Great job.'"

"John is a standard bearer, someone
that players, coaches, fans and the
Raider Nation can all look up to.
One of his great virtues, the fire
that burned brightest in him, was
his love and passion for football,
which was seldom ever equaled."
- Raiders Owner Al Davis

Madden, who will become the 15th modern era coach enshrined in Canton and the 21st overall, led the Team of the Decades to a 103-32-7 regular season record in his 10-year tenure. His .759 regular season winning percentage is the highest in the history of professional football among head coaches with at least 100 career victories. At age 42, he became the third-youngest coach to reach 100 wins, behind only fellow Hall of Famers George Halas and Curly Lambeau.
Madden led the Silver and Black to the franchise's first World Championship of Professional Football following the 1976 season when his Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings, 32-14, in Super Bowl XI. He took his teams to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons on the sideline, posting a 9-7 overall record, guiding them to the AFL or AFC Championship Game seven times.

His teams also captured seven division titles, and from 1976-77 had a 17-game winning streak, the second-longest streak in pro football history. Madden, who for the last four years has been part of the broadcast crew for Monday Night Football, holds the record for most wins by any coach on Monday night with an 11-1-1 record.

When he was hired at the age of 33 in 1969, Madden became the youngest head coach in the history of the American Football League, and became the youngest coach to be named AFL Coach of the Year after he guided the Raiders to a 12-1-1 record in his first season. The victory in Super Bowl XI made him, at age 41, the youngest coach to guide a team to a Super Bowl championship at that time.

Madden coached in some of the greatest games in football history. Among those memorable contests is the Sea of Hands game, played December 21, 1974 against Miami and called "the greatest game I have ever seen" by legendary broadcaster Curt Gowdy, and the Holy Roller game on September 10, 1978 against San Diego.

In addition to coaching some of the greatest teams in some of the greatest games in Raiders history, Madden coached a number of the greatest players to ever don the Silver and Black. Biletnikoff, Blanda, Bob and Willie Brown, Casper, Hendricks, Shell and Upshaw all played for Madden, and 26 of his players made a total of 71 appearances in the AFL All-Star Game or the annual AFC/NFC Pro Bowl.

In his second season a head coach, Madden coached Blanda through one of the most amazing stretches by any player in football history. In the span of five games, Blanda threw five touchdown passes and kicking four field goals to rally the Silver and Black to four come-from-behind victories and one tie.

John Madden, who will become the 15th modern era coach enshrined in Canton and the 21st overall, led the Team of the Decades to a 103-32-7 regular season record in his 10-year tenure.

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Madden compiled a 36-16-2 record against the 10 future Hall of Fame coaches against whom he competed, finishing his career with a winning record against each one. His 103 regular season victories account for 26 percent of the Raiders' 394 all-time wins and he was responsible for nine of the franchise's 25 postseason wins.
Madden joined the Raiders in 1967 as the linebackers coach. He began his coaching career at age 23 at Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, California as an assistant coach. Two years later, he was named the head coach at Hancock. In two years as head coach, Madden compiled a 13-5 record, including an 8-1 mark in his second year and a spot in the Junior College Top 10. In 1964, he was named the defensive coordinator at San Diego State. In his three years at SDSU, the Aztecs went 26-4 and were ranked number one among small colleges.

Madden was born in Austin, Minnesota, on April 10, 1936 and grew up in Texas and eventually moved to the San Francisco suburb of Daly City. He graduated from Jefferson High School and went on to the College of San Mateo. After two years there, he finished his college career at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He earned a Bachelor of Science in 1959 and a Master of Arts in 1961, both from Cal Poly. He was drafted in the 21st round of the 1959 NFL draft by Philadelphia, but a severe knee injury suffered in training camp ended his playing career prematurely.

Since his retirement in 1978, Madden has become perhaps the most recognizable person in professional football through his standout work in the broadcast booth and the best-selling video game bearing his name. Madden entered broadcasting in 1980 with CBS.

In 2006, Madden will become the only broadcaster to work for all four major networks. After 14 years with CBS, he moved on to FOX, and joined the Monday Night Football crew on ABC in 2002. He will be a part of NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast team beginning this fall.

Madden has won an unprecedented 14 Emmy Awards for the Most Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst and has been nominated a total of 16 times. The American Sportscasters Association named him the Sports Personality of the Year in 1985 and again in 1992, and in 1982 Madden became the first NFL analyst to receive the prestigious Golden Mike Award from the Touchdown Club of America.
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Yeah Bill Walsh you were good, but John was damn good, and shame on these fickle new-age fishwraps (IGN, Gamespot, Gamepro, et al..) not giving a flying rat's a$$ because they don't FVCKING understand it!!! That's why.....

See what I mean, just look at the Badger moron below me. No wonder they suck!? =] "duh...I don't get it, what du dis hav to do wi games?"...if you're asking that....then don't understand or love the game of football. Period. Why did you come in after reading the title W_ldo???????

And all of the rest of the prissy ass prima doannas in this room.... There should be a sports section on N4G so we don't have to listen to these cheerleaders. Why did you come in here if you didn't want to see or here about Walsh or Football turds?????!!!!! wtf ~ stfu or get out. The man's bigger than you can ever imagine and has lived three of your lives. Just [pray] you'll be larger ~ maybe you will.

gogators3952d ago (Edited 3952d ago )

but Bill Walsh revolutionized football. The number of coaches under him that went on to coach is just phenomenial. What was it like 27 coaches have gone on to be head coaches in the league. Yeah John Madden is great coach and is deservedly in the Hall of Fame, but Bill Walsh changed the game forever.

FirstknighT3951d ago

...Like I said John Madden was a good coach. But he was no Bill Walsh. Yes John Madden had a good over-all record during the regular season but was unable to win the big game when it counted.

"Five title-game losses in seven years left the Raiders with the same image that the Dallas Cowboys had previously had: the inability to win "the big one."

John Madden is just another great coach amongst many other great coaches...but Bill Walsh was more than just a great coach. He changed the way football was played.

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daveman33952d ago

what does he have to do with games? i respect him as a coach and everything, but???????

tomfoolery3952d ago (Edited 3951d ago )

1.RELAX.(anger management might help out).
2.Your long ass speech made me sleepy guy.
3.Go outside and get some fresh air,breath.

Schmitty073952d ago

What does he have to do with games. Madden does, so of course he would be mentioned.

ViciousIX3952d ago

Well, with all of that aside. R.I.P Jack Walsh.

DaddyDC6503952d ago

So f those sites for not mentioning Bill Walsh. R.I.P.

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