I was flipping through the radio stations and heard the MSU slappy Mike Valenti on 97.1 guarantee an MSU win on Saturday 58-56.
Not really surprising, but I can't wait to hear his excuses on Monday as to why Michigan won.
I guarantee that Valenti is a jackass.
... that ass-hat Valenti will take a PTO on Monday.
Isn't that what happened the last time Michigan won? Unscheduled leave of absence for Mr. Valenti?
I guarantee Valenti will be eating his words.
Tired of Valenti baiting the over-emotional sports fan. Either way, whether we win or lose it he's certainly not accountable for it. Guarantee? Guarantee what? What is really on the line if he loses. Nothing. Not trying to rain on anyones parade here but this is the oldest trick in the book for Sports Radio. Fire all your angst to your Congressman, not Valenti.
Exactly. He's risking nothing by saying this. All he is doing is getting his fan base up for the game, which is a good thing for him. If they lose, then no one will care what he said because they'll be too pissed they lost. His words mean nothing (as usual).
That being said, I kind of feel like my hopes have been smashed so often the past few years in nearly every sport I like (most are UM) when the most is on the line. I am fully preparing myself to have my balls stepped on once again.
I stand by my Valenti is a jackass comment. But you're right as well. He's like Drew Sharp in that he thrives off of causing reactions.
If MSU wins, he comes on the radio and preaches about how right he was. If he loses, he makes excuses or maybe takes another "vacation day" or just sweeps it under the rug. It's his show, he won't bring up him looking like an idiot if all possible. All it serves is for people to get pissed off or excited (depending on fanbase) and call in today so they can argue/agree with him. Classic sports radio, no substance, just making guaranteed predictions and not even acknowledging any other possibility.
Plus, how does a guarantee from him mean anything. MSU players and coaches aren't getting fired up from him. UM players aren't. The only people that care are the fans that for some reason still listen to him. And no offence to those people, but they are going to matter very little in terms of the outcome of the game.
I loved the bit that I caught where he hung up on a Michigan fan and said that we are just trying to get him to say dumb things and he doesn't say dumb things. hmmmmm....
Dear Mr. Valenti,
In between bites of pudding, I suggest you look back fondly on 2010 and try capture and preserve that feeling for always; for that was the year Michigan State reached the apogee of Sparty athletic accomplishments. After a short absence the Michigan you fear and hate is back, in both football and basketball. The natural order is asserting itself and Michigan is returning to its rightful place.
Moving away from Michigan was tough but not hearing about Valenti (until now) has been worth it.
that, and not reading the free press, have made a world of difference in my sanity. I used to drive home pissed. Now I drive home to some crappy music I can't get out of my head and the music in comparison is pure bliss.
'80s rock really is a salve to the soul, ain't it?
Guarantees by people actually involved in sporting events are dumb. Guarantees by people that have no direct influence on the outcome of an event are desperate pleas for attention.
All I have to say is... eh, whatever.
Wasn't he begging for us to beat them the other day because he didn't think they deserved to go to the tournament?
For anybody that thinks he has any credibility, after we beat MSU earlier this year, he skipped work the next day to avoid eating his words.
Who is he to "guarantee" a win? He's a talking head. It's even a hell of a stretch when a team member or a coach does it in my opinion.
It's general knowledge he's an asshat, but come on. It's one thing for someone in his position to believe someone will win, but this is another beast entirely.
You gotta give Valenti credit, he's probably the only guy in the country who handles his anger and temper worse than Charlie Sheen.
Valenti has already won. You listened to his show. You were angered / irritated enough by his guarantee to post it on a blog. The best way to kill a pest is to ignore him. Starve his ratings and you'll be rid of him soon enough.
Turn the dial.
But that makes too much sense.
How odd that Valenti would even comment on the game because for the last few weeks, he's claimed that he doesn't care anymore.
Because you're right, he said he wasn't watching anymore...
Last time Michigan beat Sparty in hoops, Valenti didn't show up for work on Monday.
That tells you all you need to know about him....
The last time Michigan beat MSU was on a Thursday night...
Did he promise to do something if we win?
Terry asked him what if M won. He said, "I will get drunk at 3pm"
He didnt say if he would do it no air or not. Terry pushed him to do a show on Sunday if M won but he said no.
Spartan fans trying to frame this game as an all-or-nothing contest are just trying to find something to take solace in what is a smoking crater of a season for them.
Michigan winning on Saturday and making the tournament would be sweet, but it's just icing on the cake of a season that has exceeded all our expectations. If we lose and have to settle for an NIT bid, sure it will be disappointing, but I'm still going to pleased that our team has progressed further than expected.
Even if Sparty wins and sneaks into the tourney as a 10 or 11 seed, they're out after a game or two and still will have "disappointing" attached to their season....but they put us in our place again..hur, hur, derp...
Regardless of the outcome, we're still Michigan, and they're not.
Some MSU fans I talk to, not all, are of the opinion that MSU winning would flatten out Michigan's emergence. The reasoning is that Michigan is the team with all the mojo, playing at home, expecting a win, in a red herring type year for MSU.
I think they are reading way too much into it. You do a great job of pointing out the big picture perspective surrounding where this program is headed.
I guess we can understand such overdrama from some members of a fan base that equates 3 straight wins in a sea of decades of defeat as evidence that they've destroyed Michigan football.
Uhhh, according to this blog's reader's, sports radio is bad, mmmkay.
It really is. Really REALLY really.
Also, you don't need an apostrophe to pluralize "readers," m'kay?
One typo, oops. Aside from that, who the hell are you to decide what is good and bad? If I'm going to trust anybody to tell me what's bad for me, it won't be somebody who has been so oblivious to the college football scene over the last 4 years that they think VaTech losing to Boise St. is twice as bad as UofM losing to App St.
You called out people for typos in other threads. Getting called out by the grammar police doesn't feel too good, does it?
Well, that's just, like, my opinion, man. You're welcome to review my arguments and present counter-evidence but this thread is not the place to resume this debate.
All I was doing is saying it was a typo, and that I'm aware of the conventions of grammar. My original comment was meant to be humor, in the form of Mr. Mackey from South Park, in case you aren't familiar with the show. I'm done talking to you.
It's good to know what an overrated, loud-mouthed alum of MSU on a crappy radio program thinks about the game. The only promises I care about are from people who actually have some control over the game, not some putz who'll be at home watching live everyone else.
......oh, and "GO BLUE!"
When it comes to 97.1, I am more of a Karsch & Anderson fan myself, if I had to choose a show there.
A thousand times - why?
Why do people listen to idiots on talk radio that they disagree with? Why do you willingly put dollars in their pockets and subsidize their crappy hit pieces so they can continue to pollute the airwaves? You realize that's the model, right? Screaming inflammatory, one-sided bullshit = the true believers tune in and nod along with the rants and the other side tunes in to conjure up some outrage so they can call in, get berated and hung up on, the true believers cackle with knowing glee and the circle of life continues.
You are the liberal that tunes in to Rush and then goes running off to complain to DailyKos about conservative bias. You are the conservative that watches Rachel Maddow and then calls in to Rush to cry with outrage over the liberal media. Later, Rush and Rachel probably share a beer and laugh at the sheer absurdity of the situation.
I will never understand this.
Your username fits in perfectly with this point.
and I'd never put anything to store by what he says. Total BS
58-56 is hardly a sure fire guarantee.. I don't recall those words being spoken. I know its hard being little brother, even if just temporary, but come on guys your envy is showing.
Haha, there were actually a ton of Michigan callers that ripped on him for that yesterday. They were telling him it's ok if he's not there on Monday b/c they'll understand since he did it last time.
I hope Hardaway Jr. posterizes every single player on that team.
He also guaranteed a win against Michigan next year for the MSU football team, for those who missed it. So what does that really mean? The kid (yes, I went there) thinks he plays for the team or something if he's guaranteeing wins.
That was the most frustrating thing about the show yesterday. He kept on talking like Michigan State has already won 4 in a row in football! He was making points about where MSU and UM football are at based on MSU winning 4 in a row LOL. He already has it locked up and making points based on it. Guy is a troll in every sense of the word. If he thinks MSU is favored or has a good chance to win, fine.. UM has a lot of uncertainty right now in this new era.. especially this first season. But damn.. DAT TROLL GAME!
"THEY CHOKED.... CHOKED ON APPLE SAUCE!!!"
If he's right he's a prophet and Sparty fans will fellate him all day Monday. If he's wrong, M fans will listen to hear him eat crow (which he won't, because he probably won't show up for work).
A lot of sports talk radio fans are useful idiots.