Game legend John Madden dead at 85

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A perfect tribute…

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thats it episode 12 GIF

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He only in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, “This was a man.”

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Seemed like a good dude. I used to love listening to him on KCBS when driving to work back in the day. While I don’t give a shit about sportsball he was always entertaining to listen to.

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Cute.

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Apparently, EA offered him a few hundred thousand bucks or a percentage. Figured he’d take a flyer on it. And it’s made him more money than anything.

He’d been a fixture in Pleasanton, California for years – he slowly bought up a lot of real estate in downtown. I met him briefly once when I was meeting someone for dinner, but he knew freaking everyone in that town. Lovely guy.

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At the beginning, he took the few hundred thousand bucks. The percentage was options of EA’s stock at the time to vest over 5 years at $7.50 a share. He wanted the cash.

Now, the deal probably got reworked a bunch of times, but at the time of the end of the first deal, EA stock was trading at $155 a share.

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Which is ironic given that - if I recall correctly - Madden was scared of flying.

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Maybe the obituaries aren’t the place for typical boingboing snarkiness.

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I think John Madden wouldn’t have minded. He never came across as someone who took himself too seriously. And this snark seems like it comes from a positive place, not a negative one.

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Someone has got to put the “fun” in “funeral”.

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Does this mean the next Madden game will be a zombie survival game?

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Here’s a question- other than John McAfee, how many lines of software exist that are named after someone? And Madden started as “John Madden Football”, not just Madden.

I mean, it’s Windows, not Bill Gates OS.

Norton Anti-virus (Peter Norton)

Linux (for Linus Torvalds)

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Python is named for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, although that’s arguably not named for a specific person. The web framework Django (written in Python), is named for guitarist Django Reinhardt.

And of course the programming language Ada is named for Ada Lovelace.

ETA: A few additional examples!

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reiserfs is an especially unfortunate example. People have taken to calling it “murderfs”

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