Madden NFL 11 News Post

Kotaku's Owen Good has posted his interview with Gus Johnson, the recently announced play-by-play announcer for Madden NFL 11.

"The volume and the Gus-isms ("I get buckets!" "He's in shape!" "Rise and fire!") are only part of that. Nearly every sports writer and broadcaster talks about being a fan, but it often comes across as an obligation of representation. Johnson, quite authentically, is one. He won't talk about a game pretending that he saw something you didn't. Bringing up a big moment, it's easier for him to remember what he felt, not what he said. His career highlights aren't résumé lines, but ticket stubs, the kind you keep forever in your wallet.

People are convinced this is a schtick, and Johnson understands the criticism. He even admits to getting into character before a broadcast, but the character is still himself, a guy growing up on the west side of Detroit.

"Sometimes I do," Johnson admits. "You can't help it. I do sometimes, I don't want to disappoint anybody, especially the people who are my fans. But when I call a game, I erase my mind - at least 90 percent of it - and just try to react to what I see. I think that's when my best stuff comes out, and I do feel like your fraternity brother, sitting next to you on the couch."

Game: Madden NFL 11Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
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Member Comments
# 1 Brandon82 @ 05/22/10 05:12 PM
So far, I like what EA has done, I just hope they fix the visors so that they fit each helmet and facemask the way NCAA 11 has their visors.
# 2 Valdarez @ 05/22/10 05:19 PM
Owen cracks out some quality stories. I was really impressed with his on the fly color commentary from the commentary video a couple of days ago. For a guy whose never been in a booth, he did pretty well. I would have been stuttering and stammering all over the place.
# 3 PantherBeast_OS @ 05/22/10 05:39 PM
Sounds real good. Can't wait to hear him in madden 11 this year. It's going to make this game alot more fun then past years.
# 4 cowboy_kmoney @ 05/22/10 09:42 PM
I agree with you on that, So keep doing your thang Gus
# 5 JkA3 @ 05/23/10 07:54 AM
good stuff here.
# 6 CreatineKasey @ 05/23/10 08:47 AM
I like this guy.
# 7 lolfalconsbeatu @ 05/23/10 11:52 AM
EA is starting to get back on their grind with another football game on the shelves! I like!
# 8 bonbonan @ 05/23/10 12:08 PM
Originally Posted by lolfalconsbeatu
EA is starting to get back on their grind with another football game on the shelves! I like!
Yeah, i like the game.
i cant stop playing football games.
# 9 boritter @ 05/24/10 06:55 AM
I like Gus as a football, basketball and boxing commentator so this is good news.
# 10 Checmate101 @ 05/24/10 11:14 AM
Man, I'm all but Gus out...lot of stuff about him this weekend.

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