After the Lions 25-19 loss a group of guys stopped me while I walked to my car and started a conversation. One guy was a Michigan fan and he went into a drunken tirade about my radio partner Mike Valenti.
“You tell that (bleep) that Jack is sick and tired of his Sparty act. I hate that guy, but I gotta listen. How in the hell do you put up with doing a radio show with him? That bleep pisses me off every day.”
It is the question I get all the time. How do I put up with doing a show with Mike Valenti? I am getting it all the time in the aftermath of Michigan State beating Michigan a fourth straight time and with the William Gholston punching incident where Mike has defended his school and gone right after the Wolverines.
So how do I put up doing a show with Mike? Here is my standard answer.
Everybody gets a kick out of the answer but doing a show with him is like going on a space shuttle ride. You know you are going to have a wild and crazy take off. You know you will feel the G forces in your face and the ride will be a crazy one. You just don’t know if the tiles will be in place when you re enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Mike hates when uninformed people call in. I love it because it gives hm a chance to pick them apart and make fun of them. Now that’s real radio.
He has mellowed with maturity. He used to be The Sports Inferno. Now he is a simple forest fire.
Some of my detractors believe I let him get away with too much and I am his puppet boy. He thinks I am too mean. But sometimes you got to let a dude roll. Sometimes I want to interrupt but the stuff coming out of his mouth is either so outlandish or funny that I just let the maestro play. I mean did you really want me to stop “The rant” after the Michigan State-Notre Dame game?
Our show got national publicity.
He greets you most days with profanity. He beats up our call screener Josh and pokes management every day. And the dude is a smash on radio. Sometimes I want to sit back and enjoy but as the voice of reason my job is to settle him down at times when he goes off the deep end.
So how do I put up doing a show with Mike?
Anybody want a puff?