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John Madden Commentary 2

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This is what American football is really like.

If you've ever seen John Madden explain football then you won't be surprised how similar this is to what he would do in real life.

Thanks to Rig for the music in the intro and Coop for the voice in the intro. Please enjoy, rate, and review the submission. I'll respond to every review. :)

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Really funny.

This is a nice flash submission about American football and it's much of a guy who is a American football announcer.

Good luck for the guy who is on NFL.

Fro responds:

god bless john madden


I'm not really interested in american football (or handegg ^^) but I still know who John Madden is (propably only becauses of the Madden NFL-video games).
Anyway, never heard or saw him on TV, so I don't know how good your parody of him is.

But I liked this flash anyway. It's very funny to see John Madden on the bottom of the screen fidgeting around like he drank a few too many coffees.
Together with the overexcited and very fast voice it works really well and made me laugh quite a bit.

I also liked how the screen filled up with lines, circles and crosses and how Madden just doesn't stop talking about this and that, without coming to the point (if he has a point that is).

{ Review Request Club }

Fro responds:


Dodge, Tinactin, Boom!, yellow and Brett

Hey guys, Fro, Thanks for letting me watch your cool Flash.

- Creativity/Originality -
This submission is a sequel/follow-up to an older submission. It's a parody of the voice mannerisms of John Madden. It's a good idea, not a new idea, but one that you've modified well. A new creation, the origins of which came from your apparent amusement at his voice. The result is very new and brand-spanking. Tough actin' Tinactin.

- Soul -
The soul of your flash is a mocking one. But one that is mocking in fun, as in you probably watch football. The animation is simple, yet it's not about the fluency of the animation that appeals. It's your voice and its variances, and how the pictures react to what you say. I watched a few John Madden clips after this, and saw the "bootleg" one on Youtube. "Boom!"

- Entertainment -
I must say - very funny. I live in New Zealand and here American Football isn't watched that much, ESPN is a minor channel. We're more into rugby and cricket, you know, the English sports. Because we're part of the Commonwealth. But I knew the name Madden because of the game franchise that was named after him. So obviously the legend lives on. D-d-d-d-d-d-dodge.

- Professionalism -
You are a long-living member of NG, Fro, and very experienced. The art of professionalism is being able to get away with as little as possible. I think Andy Warhol said that. They did a survey who could tell his art apart from a monkey's and most got it wrong. With you, this is nowhere near a monkey's work, but you've still got away with it, and that's a piece of art. Because it's your flair that counts, not just show or detail. It's a yellow one. 'Coz it was yellow.

- Reviewer's Tilt -
I sort of liked this, actually. Very nice voice, Will/Nick. I can see you guys put a bit of effort into this. But anyway, I enjoyed this very much. Thanks for letting me watch. Brett's getting married.

- Creativity/Originality: 8/10
- Soul: 6/10
- Entertainment: 9/10
- Professionalism: 8/10
- Reviewer's Tilt: 8/10

VERDICT: Awesome



Fro responds:

God, your review is like poetry. I just love reading it.

Confusing all right.

I don't really know John Madden, so I don't quite get the joke, but I can still review this. Right? Right.

It's very simple, that much I can say. There's little animation in here, except for the lines and the five-or-so pictures of Madden you've thrown together to make him look overly excited. Which he does. I guess that's what you were going for, as I'm guessing he's one of those overly enthusiastic kind of guys.

Even though I didn't really get it, I did find it somewhat funny, because I can somewhat recognize it from Norwegian commentators during whatever winter sport's on.

I did think you dragged it out a bit, maybe a bit too much of the good stuff. Could easily be shorter.

Review Request Club

Fro responds:

Hmmm. I recommend you watching a few things about John Madden first.

Brett Favre

Every time I hear a Brett Favre joke, I'm reminded of the Arena Football League advert, where John Ellway and Jon Bon Jovi's teams tear up a casino. Some woman walks up to Ellway and says "OMG, you're Brett Favre!", so Ellway says "Yes, I am", thinking his luck is in.

After they have to work off the debt, with Ellway handing out flyers, some kid walks up and asks him if he's John Ellway "No kid, I'm Brett Favre!"

But I digress.

This piece is almost as confusing as the game of American Football to the uninitiated (me). Why do you need to take a break every 30 seconds? To listen to Madden dribbling over Brett Favre? To rewind the tape and try to find the subliminal messages?

With the way that everything gets really crowded on screen, I can only imagine that he doesn't know how to clear the telestrater. Does that really happen, or is that just poetic licence? If that's the case, why can't you clear it every now and again. Otherwise the screen starts to look a little messy (understatement of the year) and it does detract from the real issues going on.

I liked the way that you've used about 10 different images of Madden to make the exaggerated moves and BOOM, you've got a fully functional colour analyst.

[Review Request Club]

Fro responds:

He doesn't draw exactly like that, but he finds the need to circle half of the players on the team, draw several arrows that usually overlap in a way that makes them confusing, and scribbles at the point of conflict.