I didn't listen this afternoon on the drive home from class. Can you elaborate on what was said?
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I didn't listen this afternoon on the drive home from class. Can you elaborate on what was said?
Valenti is an arrogant, opinionated jackass, who is clearly biased against U of M.
But I disagree that he knows what he is talking about, because his bias against U of M shows, whether he will admit it or not. Just compare him to Scott "The Gator" Anderson, who is also a host on the ticket who graduated from MSU, but is not on a mission to destroy U of M.
Also, Valenti has been very rude to some callers who disagree with him even if they make good points.
I don't know why any one would want to listen to him... but, ironically, since WDFN is gone I listen to him anyway.
I don't mind Valenti. He didn't make fun of Corey Smith, either. He read an instant feedback message over the air on Monday that made light of the whole situation. It was poor judgement to do so, but, it was hardly a capital offense. Who gives a fuck that he's a Spartan fan? He's a Michigan St. grad. So what?
Jay what did the instant feedback say? I missed it. Or is it in poor taste to repeat it?
I can't remember exactly what it was about, but, it did mention Corey Smith specifically by name. Immediately after hearing it on Monday, I do remember thinking to myself, "Huh. I'll bet the Lions PR department is gonna call up the station and bitch about that."
since Valenti is on the Lions' flagship station.
It certainly was in poor taste. If I repeat it does that make me just as guilty as Valenti? He did seem reluctant to read it and Terry Foster encouraged him a little bit (but I don't think Terry knew what it said prior to Valenti reading it on the air).
I'll leave the punchline up to your imagination, but it was along the lines of "Corey Smith weighed in heavy at 300 lbs, but to be fair it was mostly _____ ______."
family guy jumped the shark, Peter Griffin, delvered a wonderful message "C'mon, c'mon," he implored. And by this I mean C'mon - Valenti, does not suck because he is a Sparty, he sucks because he is a jack-ass who believes Barry Sanders was a hall of shame fraud.
Valenti is a terribly opinionated host and if he made jokes in light of Corey Smith's (assumed) fate, he is even more of a toll bag then originally supposed.
I think Valenti is pretty funny.
As a fan of the former WDFN, I find it very difficult to listen to any of the on-air personalities at the Ticket. I'll take your word for it that this was a classless act by Valenti (no surprise there), but the tipping point for me was national signing day. I listened to several hours of Michigan bashing and proclamations of MSU's recruiting dominance. It was ridiculous.
It sucks that its a national show now, any word on what sean, stoney and wojo are up too?
Eh, I don't buy this at all, honestly. I listen to Valenti quite a bit, and yeah, he's still obviously an MSU shill, but he's not unreasonable at all. He picks on people who are UM homers. He picks on homers in general. Before MSU had won any meaningful basketball games, he went out of his way to contest MSU's "elite" status.
I like the guy 'cuz he's funny, and even though I'm a hardcore UM fan, I wouldn't mind having a beer with the guy (though I think he's a teetotaler from what I remember). The crux of the whole signing day thing was just what we knew all along -- okay, we got the number one guy in the state, MSU got basically the next six. Even he admitted our class is clearly better.
I don't want to flirt with the banhammer her, but I actually like the guy. He's an MSU homer, but he's not overbearing, and he puts on an entertaining show (though it was more entertaining before they moved to FM and their boss made the show more of an open forum -- I used to love the "slider challenge"). It's really all just part of his persona.
Valenti made a horrible decision, and it reminded me of a comment he made after Sean Taylor was murdered (basically along the lines of Taylor was a bad dude and it wasn't a surprise). I think he tries to be overly shocking sometimes.
I actually don't think he's bad, in small doses. Unfortunately, he's just negative about almost everything. It does crack me up what someone said comparing him to Gator though. Gator is the biggest Sparty homer there is (my favorite was him saying the Wings needed to add Abdelkader to the playoff roster after they lost a few early games last season). And he jumps on the RichRod hate wagon. OTOH Valenti has said that RichRod will get us to a nat'l championship game within 5 years. How many of our crotchety alumni brethren (you know, the ones that need water bottles chucked at their heads) would believe that?
You hit it spot on. I was going to write my thoughts but I would end up literally hitting every point you made.
HOLY SHIT YOU'RE SO CLEVER!! YOU SHOWED HIM!
"and just said about a week ago that Braylon should have gone number one overall the year he came out.
He does know what he is talking about."
Sounds like a contradiction to me.
I didn't say Gator is trying to destroy Michigan. I said he's the biggest msu homer, which I think is pretty obvious. He also seemed to agree with the MSM people who thought things like Boren leaving, RR not emphasizing beating osu in his introductory press conference, etc were big deals and detrimental to the program. My point was that Valenti seems to put more thought/objectivity into his arguments.
But YOU'RE right, I'm dumb. Go back to playing dress-up with YOUR dog.
We have 3 Shi Tzus (had 4 until a year and a half ago), and they have coats and shirts, and lots of Halloween costumes. Most have actually been gifts from friends and family.
But strangely, the jerseys the two pictured in my avatar were gifts (along with 2 OSU jerseys) from my younger brother, who is an OSU alum. They have also been given, at various times, NC State, UNC, Va. Tech and Duke jerseys.
When WDFN was local, I wouldn't turn on the Ticket.....EVER! Valenti was irritating enough but throw in the biggest D-bag on radio, Pat Caputo, and you have the makings of the worst radio lineup in any market in the country.
Then a funny thing happened. I turned it on one day (towards the end of DFN's reign) and I didn't hate Valenti so much.
Now I listen everyday on the way home. 1) there's nothing else except Holier-than-thou Albom and 2) I've become my dad and listen to AM almost exclusively. God I'm getting old.
PS. Caputo remains a gumpy dolt whom I'd like to punch in the throat.
yer listenin ta the book on sports we're talkin wall ta wall baseball. i been coverin the tigers fer 35 years.
I like listening because they offer opinions and viewpoints that aren't just the same old shit spouted by everyone else. He tries backing up his opinions with real information, and the wonderful thing is if you disagree with him, you can call in and argue with him.
Caputo sucks though, he's the kind of guy who I would expect to see on Fire Joe Morgan. Just an uninformed, ignorant, shortsighted dope.
I only caught a bit of of Valenti's show before I moved out of the state (I mostly listened to DFN before it disappeared), but the guy sounded like most sports jocks on the radio. He's loud, opinionated, usually at least somewhat right (like virtually everyone else in the world when it comes to something they know anything about), and the owner of a massive ego at least on-air. I didn't hear the joke, but it was a dumb joke that shouldn't have been read over the air. But as it stands, is what he said really much worse than anything else most radio personalities say? He didn't use his best judgment, and maybe he should be suspended for some time; at the end of the day, though, losing your job over a dumb comment would seem excessively draconian.
As for The Ticket in general, Caputo was the only guy I honestly could not listen to for more than 10 minutes before I had to change the channel. He seemed to know something about the Tigers, but his knowledge of any other sport was so shallow that it drove me insane. I get it that radio guys want to push their own opinions and may want to start a little controversy to get the show moving along, but there were times when I'm not even sure he put any thought into his comments.
Other reasons I like Mike Valenti include:
- Regularly ripping on his co-host, Terry Foster, for "mailing it in" when it comes to his column in the Free Press (c'mon, even Brian would smile about this)
- Talking like he's from Brooklyn when he grew up in upstate New York
- ND/MSU '06 rant is on repeat on my MP3 player
one look at this asshole in this photo says all you need to know about this skinhead:
Yes, because people who shave their hair off must be skinheads.
And for that matter, all people who refer to themselves as "skinheads" must all be neo-nazis too, right?
It went something like Corey Smith weighed in at 320 pounds but most of it was waterweight... (sent by instant feedback).
Was it wrong? Yeah. Should he get fired? No way! Sure it was bad, and he shouldn't have said it, but there is no way this constitutes a firing. Valenti and Foster are probably the most popular radio show in Metro Detroit.
And about him hating on M, he definitely will give us props when props are due. I remember before the summer a caller called in to tell him that Morgan Trent is a horrible corner, and Mike countered with something like "Whoa there, MT is one of the best corners in the Big 10, maybe even better than Malcolm Jenkins." My point is yeah, he's a homer, but guess what... So is our very own Brian.
If anyone should be fired from it should be Pat Caputo, and he can take Dennis with him. By far worse than Mike and Terry.
I'm kinda surprised at all the Caputo hate on here. I don't like the guy either, but it's mostly just because he's incredibly boring and predictable. That, and it seems like he only makes one declarative statement for every ten questions he asks, and it's usually just him answering his own questions with "I don't know."
"What do you think? Should the Lions take Stafford first overall? What about Sanchez. Do Lions fans really want another QB after the Harrington fiasco? If you don't take a QB, what do you take? I mean, they need to build defense, but are there any top defensive players over all this year? Would you take Maualuga first overall? I don't know."
how he will always mispronounce words (ex. "Chuck Daly was just diagnosed with pantriatic cancer, which is cancer of the pantrias" or "Mark Di'Antonio is such a great coach" or "Chase Daniels is not an NFL QB")