I wish I could see a full-ride scholly as a punishment for being good at something. This guy is an idiot.
Sam Webb please hurry back!!!
He is Gad awful to listen to.
He. says. like... one... word... per. minute.
I will say that will infrequently says something slightly funny, but the rest is brutal. He also talks over Ira a lot like he owns the show. Not of fan of him.
Bring Sam back!
The guy is the durst. It's his voice. It's just annoying.
No shit. If he wrote down what he is saying out loud it wouldn't be too bad. But his voice is grating.
Yeah, I agree with what he's saying as far as athletes getting a bigger piece of the pie. I'd be good with them getting cost of living covered, but that doesn't mean we can't make fun of OSU for being a bunch of cheating cheaters who cheat. Everytime Ira brings it up he goes on about how the NCAA is corrupt. Ugh, I just want to pile on OSU, we can pile on the NCAA later.
We should pay players well, but that money should be put in a trust and the player should not have access to it until they graduate with a degree.
I've always thought that things like that should be tied to academics, and then I realize that Alabama and Tennessee and such schools would obviously just hand out diplomas for nothing at all, given that they'd now be incentivized to do so. Fudging GPAs and everything else. It's happened before without as big an incentive, it'd only get worse.
I really hadn't considered that.
Don't they already get monthly checks from the University? When I was in college, I'd see guys regularly get around $1300 a month to cover living expenses and that was at a MAC level football program where the cost of living is much lower. I'd imagine guys are getting around $1800 to $2000 at a place like UM.
IIRC the guy who writes at Club Tril said he got checks for $1100 a month on the OSU Basketball team so I wouldn't necessarily speculate that larger Universities are paying anything more or estimate a higher cost of living.
but he's got a voice for newspapers
Thank you. I've thought of this as a topic a few times. He sounds like a steady whine. I wish I could send him to his room like I do my kids when they start whining.
I wonder how much their podcast traffic goes down when he is co-hosting.
I actually really miss Andy Evans. While Ira is good, I'm still sad Andy left.
I've tried to listen to the station this week, and I end up always turning it off because Rothstein has the most obnoxiously whiny, nasally grating voice I've ever heard on radio, and it's combined with the preening, pompous, "I'm-more-moral-than-you" demeanor that made me want to punch through the radio every time Jim Carty was on, before he left town.
Sam Webb can't return quickly enough.
Mike and Dave was the best show WTKA has put on the air in a long time. I sort of remember hearing Dave Shand was more or less forced to quit the show due to him keeping it too real in regards to the University...
Rothstein doesn't seem to have a clue and I love that Ira has countered all of his idiotic comments with responses that make sense.
HURRY BACK SAM!
weintraub and rothstein together have combined for an exceptionally unlistenable week----and normally i listen to the wtka morning sportstalk while driving every workday
Dennis Fithian and Doug Karsch were the best on TKA.....
When he was on last year, he said that Michigan should put Robinson, Forcier, and Gardner in the backfield all at the same time.
It's kind of hard to take his pretensions to expertise seriously after that.
What don't you like? Is it the voice, or the constant interruption, or the awful jokes, or the bad opinions, or the extended sentences that go on forever with no substance added, or the constant unnecessary references to Syracuse.
/my Rothstein impression (he constantly has run-on sentences like this)
The one thing I do really respect about Rothstein is how hard he tries to maintain journalistic integrity and objectivity. I don't agree with at least half of what he says, but I can see how he got his opinions. WTKA is a station of "homers." That's why I listen to it. That, of course, means Rothstein doesn't fit in.
His fixation with Isiah, while I agree with his premise, sounds like a rookie attempt at developing a radio personality. He also has a thin skin, but that can keep it interesting. Rothstein could work out well on the radio, but he would have to have a nationally-based show where his objectivity is a strength instead of a weakness.
As for his voice, it could be cleaned up with a couple of weeks of training and judicious use of delay and reverb. I'm not ready to give him an F quite yet. I'll give him a C-minus.
I just discovered the same thing this morning. I started catching up on this week's shows today via the downloaded podcasts. I quickly found myself clamoring to skip over portions out of habit to restore sanity, only to remember he was on all of them. Man, he is so grating, like a stupid and whiney high school boy. And unfortunately I had it on while running in hot and humid weather. The combo was enough to make me want to throw the ipod into a lake. Sam, do NOT go on vacation any more!!!
I really wish Linda from Grand Blanc was hosting instead.
First time I can recall turning that show off.
I don't listen to the show much, but I did tune in for a bit this week. To be honest, I think Ira has an equally terrible voice for radio, and found the show to be just miserable.