Mike Valenti is a funny guy.
Hilarious, insightful, and willing to tell it like it is, Mike Valenti is an internationally popular sports radio host who is based in Detroit.
The Mike Valenti Show airs 2-6 p.m. EST Monday-Friday on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. Tune in on air, on radio.com and at 971theticket.com.
He runs the show with veteran sports radio personality Rico Beard.
Valenti graduated MSU in 2002 and has been a radio host since 2004.
Mike Valenti’s meltdown rant was covered in an article in Sports Illustrated where it was deemed “the single finest rant ever heard on sports talk radio“.
On Monday, September 25, 2006, following a Michigan State University football loss against Notre Dame—a game in which his alma mater blew a sixteen-point fourth-quarter lead—Valenti went off on a 12-minute on-air tirade ripping into the Spartans for their poor showing.
Highlights of the rant featured Valenti saying the Spartans “handed [the game] away like a nice three-button coat at the Salvation Army,” that they “choked on applesauce”, and his plea to then-head coach John L. Smith to recognize that “timeouts are not like cell phone minutes — they don’t carry over!”
Valenti also included scathing criticism of offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin’s decision to have Drew Stanton “run the option in Hurricane Katrina,” and a desire for defensive coordinator Chris Smeland to be replaced by H. R. Pufnstuf with Teddy Ruxpin as his assistant.