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August 06, 2006|By RAY FRAGER

In Friday's column (which, of course, you all have read) I had some of what John Madden had to say in a conference call earlier last week, heading into today's Hall of Fame Game. Here are some more excerpts:

* "I get excited every year for the start of football season, but this year it's kicked up about five notches."

* (Comparing his Oakland Raiders with today's teams) "I look at those films ... and we were better."

* (On how he's greeted) "Some people say, `Hey Madden!' When you get `Hey, Madden!' it's the people who play the video game."

ray.frager@baltsun.com

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