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John Madden by no means let anybody poop on his bus. Besides Wayne Gretzky

John Madden was probably the greatest NFL head coaches ever regardless of solely doing the job for 10 years. Madden’s legend grew even greater when he transitioned into broadcasting, the place he instilled a deep information and pleasure {of professional} soccer to nationwide audiences whereas calling video games for FOX, ABC, and CBS. Madden is understood for the long-lasting online game collection bearing his title, for his signature catchphrase “BOOM,” and for his love of Turducken when calling Thanksgiving video games.

It’s additionally well-known that Madden traveled the nation by bus as a broadcaster as a result of he hated to fly. Madden graduated from California Polytechnic State in 1958, and in 1960 a aircraft carrying the soccer staff crashed and killed 22 passengers. Madden had mentioned that claustrophobia is what actually led to his hatred of flying. Whereas Madden did journey by aircraft whereas he was teaching the Oakland Raiders, he shortly made the transition to touring by bus as soon as he entered broadcasting.

The ‘Madden Cruiser’ grew to become an important a part of Madden’s mythology as he drove from sport to sport throughout the nation. Madden would usually host conferences with high NFL figures on the bus. His cruiser reportedly solely had one rule for company: no pooping. He apparently let that rule be bent 3 times for 3 completely different folks.

Mike Sando and Dan Pompei of have the anecdote in a wonderful remembrance of Madden in The Athletic.

Madden was identified for having three guidelines for his soccer gamers. No. 1: “Be on time.” No. 2: “Concentrate.” And No. 3: “Play like hell once I inform you to.” He had a lesser-known rule for his bus passengers. “No one takes a dump,” Millen says.

Solely three folks broke the rule in all of Madden’s years of busing. In response to Millen, they have been Fox producer Richie Zyontz, hockey nice Wayne Gretzky and Millen himself.

“He would at all times convey that up,” Millen says. “In some way, Wayne Gretzky acquired a cross. Richie and I bore the brunt, however particularly, it was me as a result of I broke the rule a block away from the resort. He at all times mentioned he needed to carry that turd round the remainder of the nation.”

That’s proper: Madden let Wayne Gretzky go No. 2 in his bus. Solely former FOX broadcaster Matt Millen and producer Richie Zyontz can say the identical, in keeping with Millen.

The Nice One should actually have quite a lot of sway if he was capable of persuade Madden to let him use the lavatory for this one. Gretzky simply has that kind of appeal.

My query: how did Millen be taught this data? I suppose that is simply what Soccer Guys speak about away from the gridiron.

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