ONE LAST “BOOM”: AN ELEGY FOR JOHN MADDEN

John Madden was one of a kind, or one of three kinds maybe. One of the most successful coaches ever, the most influential television sports analyst ever and the inspiration for and voice of the first great sports video game. He was at once the personification of Oakland, coming as he did from gritty, blue collar Daly City, and became an aspirational pitch man to middle America. He was big, bordering on bigger than…