Ohio school mad at 15-year-old for using ‘Madden’ phrase

A still of the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson and his legendary speed on Madden 12.

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If there is a more pleasantly excitable sports announcer than Gus Johnson, then he hasn’t excited me.

Yet one of his signature phrases has gotten a 15-year-old Ohio student into trouble.

The phrase is: “He’s got that getting-away-from-the-cops speed.” The student has not been able to get away from his teachers for saying it.

As the Sandusky Register reports, the student was announcing a 7th-grade football game.

Moved, perhaps, by an opposing player’s speed of foot, the unnamed youth offered Johnson’s famous phrase, which is heard on Electronic Arts’ Madden games, on which Johnson is an announcer.

Some have objected in the past that Johnson only uses the phrase when black players score. Johnson himself is black.

Indeed, when he first uttered the phrase in describing the Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson (embedded at the bottom), the announcer was strident that this wasn’t a racist comment. … [Read more]

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