The only analogy I can think of between Howard and Sirius is Michael Jordan and when the Wizards signed him. It is like Sirius is an NBA team and they gave this huge contract to Michael Jordan at age 35. They did it for his value and his contribution to the team. As time goes by Michael is getting older and taking more time off because of injuries. As Michael ages he begins to dunk less which is what his fans loved him for. He ages and doesn't look like his former self. He becomes grumpy and bitches a lot. Sirius has stuck with Michael because of his name and history of winning. Now he is at the end of his contract and only has past success to hang his hat on. Sirius has paid him millions for his name but now he is hurting the company while becoming a financial liability. Michael isn’t ready to quit because he is competitive and still thinks he is the same as he was in 1992. It is all about ego. The reason I bring this up is that Howard was very competitive. People like that don’t know when to hang it up and refuse to listen to the fans/crowd. Just like Michael Jackson, they surround themselves with “Yes People” who never disagree nor challenge them (aka Gary, John Hein, Beth, etc.). All of this makes me realize that Howard locks himself in a bubble inside 20,000+sq ft. mansions and disassociates himself from the rest of the world. We know Beth does that based on her Instagram account. His refusal to take real phone calls, check a message board, and be unapologetic is the reason we have this shell of a show today. The point of this is I realize I'm never going to get 1992 Howard, nor 1992 Michael Jordan. The problem is Howard doesn't realize that. In sports your body tells you it is over. In radio it should be ratings. However, what happens when you work for a satellite radio company that doesn't share ratings? Bottom line, it is was it is and it isn't getting better. Part of me admires his will to continue and not quit. The other part realizes it is ego and all about the marbles, not the listeners.