It looks like Amazon has delivered on their “Release-Date Delivery” option. Madden shipped last night from their Louisville, KY distribution center, and is currently in Albany, GA UPS facility, which is about 90 minutes from my house. Amazon used the “Next Day Saver” option, but that should still be good for delivery late this afternoon.
So the good news is that I will use Amazon for all my future purchases, if they are going to continue to offer Prime users release-date service. The bad news is that I bet I get stuck at work, and do not get to partake in Madden right away.