Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meltdown in 3, 2, 1 ...

This might have been more appropriate about 10 days ago after Michigan State lost to Notre Dame, but with the Michigan-Michigan State game approaching, I can't help but reminisce about the 15 most entertaining minutes in radio history.

After the Spartans blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead to Brady Quinn and the Irish in 2006 -- capped off by a Terrail Lambert interception return for the game-winning touchdown with 2 minutes to play -- Detroit radio host Mike Valenti, a Michigan State alum and unabashed homer, absolutely lost his marbles and went off on an all-time epic rant that inspired this post from Notre Dame blog The House Rock Built:
Enter a sports radio program on AM 1270 in Michigan called The Sports Inferno, which featured, live on the air, the most heinous, depraved descent into that mirky blackness captured by our modern recording equipment. For fifteen glorious minutes, our valiant host slides down that spiral slide into the abysmal nothingness of grief and hatred for all the world to hear. Frightening? Yes. A guilty pleasure knowing you pushed him to that depravity? Don't tell anyone, but yes.

I can't build it up anymore, because the full clip is so priceless and unique that you absolutely absolutely must listen to it and experience it for yourself. It's ... amazing. Crazy amazing. Cramazing. Holy hell, stop reading this and just listen to it. In one of his more lucid moments, he demands the coaching staff be replaced by Teddy Ruxpin and HR Pufnstuf. Then, he starts saying some really weird shit.
This must be preserved for future generations. Enjoy (it's in two parts because of YouTube size limits):

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