John Madden retired yesterday, sending shockwaves through both the sports community, which lost one of its heroes, and the non-sports community, which lost its only identifiable connection to sports. Even the English language felt the blow, as the fates of assorted exclamations “Boom,” “Wham,” and “Boink,” remain uncertain. The Sharks and Giants felt the sting of loss too, but Friday, April 17th, 2009 belongs to Madden and the legions of columnists who labor now to understand the man, his legacy, and ultimately his future.


John Madden retires, jokes about Madden NFL hit day two. Chron, Chron

Ducks shut down Sharks 2-0 in playoff opener. Chron, Sharkspage, ABC7

Dodgers make it a series sweep over the Giants. ABC7


Scott Ostler: If John’s calling it quits, then I’m calling his bus.

Steve Kroner: John’s everyman passion is what made him so endearing

Henry Schulman: Giants: This is getting ridiculous

Ray Ratto: Sharks’ playoff loss adds new pressures to top seed team.

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