AJ Hinch

Episode 213: Not by TURGENEV, Our OWN “Fathers and Sons”

Welcome to No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page and Denny McLain!

  • “Write what you know:” the author’s mantra. And few know Detroit and its teams better than author TOM STANTON, our guest!
  • Matthew Stafford TRADED! You’d expect the feckless Detroit sports media to love the FLs’ Big Deal — and BOB to be a skeptic.
  • Can’t we please just play the damn game?! Still MORE Super Bowl hype all week for us. Are you Super BORED yet?
  • In a crazy sports year few things could be crazier than Tom Izzo not making the NCAA Tournament field.
  • Yet come to think of it, what could be crazier than MICHIGAN supplanting Tom’s MSU program so quickly?!
  • NCAA basketball is “modern-day slavery,” huh? It isn’t if the “slaves” would only take advantage of a FREE education.
  • The Wings’ LATEST skid is six games. Brandon McAfee says firing Jeff Blashill wouldn’t make a diff. Bob disagrees.
  • Yet maybe our young producer is right about this too since Bob seems to be coming around on Bonds and Clemens as HOFers.
  • Curt Schilling as well? Yes? Just think what this whacko might SAY standing on the podium at Cooperstown!
  • Denny was off today. Wonder what he’d say about the Brewers hiring an ex-GIRLS SOFTBALL PLAYER as a hitting coach?
  • Those stories, our necrology featuring a Detroit Tigers boyhood hero, YOUR mailbag and much more — right here!

Episode 210: Never Fear — Our GAMES are Still Here!

Welcome to No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page and Denny McLain!

  • We all agree: the world SUCKS right now, but at least we still have sports — AND its knuckleheads — to entertain us.
  • What team gets a home game in the Super Bowl? None EVER! Tom Brady hopes to change that in the NFC title game.
  • And another ex-Michigan star quarterback could also make headlines in Sunday’s AFC title tilt.
  • Are you betting the games? You can now do that LEGALLY in Michigan starting Friday.
  • The Lions unveil their LATEST five-year rebuilding program, so optimistic they gave their LATEST coach a SIX-year deal!
  • Why do younger Lions fans also seem so optimistic about their sad-sack team? Brandon McAfee RANTS on that!
  • SWEATING and SLOBBERING all over each other? The NBA’s okay with that — but handshakes? No WAY.
  • Bob’s sweating out Friday, hoping COVID doesn’t cancel Michigan at Purdue. Like all of us, he needs something to do! 
  • Why are the Pistons so pathetic? ONE game tells part of the story: a guy they have and two guys they should have had.
  • Is Tigers G.M. Al Avila signing all these bums just to irritate Denny? If so, he’s doing a great job of it!
  • Is the Baseball Hall of Fame ready to put Clemens and/or Bonds in next week? Should they? Hear our spirited debate.
  • All those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more coming up right here!

Episode 209: One TRUE BLUE Ohioan!

Welcome to No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page and Denny McLain and Bob Page!

  • U-M star, Olympic gold medalist, first-round NBA draft choice — the long basketball life of guest PHIL HUBBARD!
  • What a quarterback dual: Brady vs Brees! But as often happens with great pitching match-ups — a DUD.
  • The boys recap the weekend’s NFL playoffs, look ahead to this Sunday’s title games AND to the Super Bowl.
  • The WHAT Bowl? A foreign concept, of course, to the Lions — now embarking on their LATEST rebuilding program.
  • Should they have hired Robert Saleh instead? Or Urban Meyer? Bet that if a mistake can be made, the FL’s will make it.
  • A great goaltender? At times. A great Detroit Red Wing? Always! And now HOWIE hangs ’em up.
  • Bob warned it might happen. Denny pooh-poohed him, but Michigan did indeed go down at Minnesota. 
  • Now will COVID allow U-M to play Maryland or MSU to play Illinois? Bob asks, no, BEGS, the Big 14 for just one thing.
  • Denny rips his former team — again — for stubbornly sitting out free agency without a splash.
  • And he rips baseball’s Hall of Fame for continuing to snub one of his greatest friends and Tiger teammates.
  • Those stories, a top Detroit sportscaster skewered in YOUR mailbag segment and more — right here!

Episode 202: Ah, What COULD Have Been for Chuck Long!

Chuck Long throwing a football

He had everything going for him.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Denny McLain and Bob Page.

  • One of the greatest QB’s in Big Ten history, CHUCK LONG, never lived up to that potential in Detroit. Chuck tells all!
  • The Lions hire Chris Spielman, not to run the show,  but only to assist in the hiring of a GM and coach. Bob: WTF?!
  • If only ALL the Lions had the guts of center Frank Ragnow — playing an entire contest with a FRACTURED THROAT!
  • The MNF matchup between the Browns and Ravens was a great game — but a COSTLY one for Denny and others.
  • Jim Harbaugh says he’s IN. And what LOOKS like a good recruiting class just may keep him “in” — for a while.
  • MSU’s Mel Tucker landed a couple quarterbacks on signing day, though the one he needs MIGHT already be in the fold.
  • Congress continues to meddle in big-time college sports. Is this a good thing? Denny, Eli — and CHUCK debate.
  • Miggy says he wants to play first base again. AJ Hinch: “Okay.” Denny: “Ridiculous!”
  • In this P.C.-mad world MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred makes a controversial decision. Was it fair?
  • Will MLB and the other pro sports REQUIRE all players take a COVID vaccine in order to play? 
  • Those stories, PLUS Bob rips the bogus Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, YOUR mailbag and MORE — right here.

Episode 198: Two-Sport Star — to Superstar COACH!

Thomas Wilcher

But we know him best as a running back for Bo.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain & Fred Heumann sitting in for Eli Zaret!

  • One of the great athletes in Michigan high school history is now one of its great MENTORS: our guest, THOMAS WILCHER.
  • OUTRAGEOUS! How DARE Herbie claim Harbaugh doesn’t want to play Ohio State! But, uh, DOES he? Really?
  • A Wednesday afternoon NFL game? The boys agree: an abomination in damn near every sense.
  • And now COVID-19 begins another reign of sports terror: the NBA says 48 players just got it!
  • So you think nothing excites curmudgeonly Bob? Just ask him about Michigan State basketball this year.
  • Denny’s excited about his beloved Bears’ “Polish kid” versus the Lions, then gets the word: Trubisky is NOT Polish.  
  • Dennis Dale McLain — JEWISH?! Oy, who knew?! He’s FULL of surprises today:
  • Teddy Ballgame once said WHAT to him? Denny in a fistfight with a teammate in the Tigers’ locker room? 
  • A 27-year-old former World Series hero is on the open market “CHEAP.” Should the Tigers grab him?
  • Fred knows whom HE wants to see the Tigers sign. Bob AND Denny: “Fuhgettaboutit!”
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 192: SO Close at Augusta — Yet SO FAR!

Dan Pohl golfing

Not to be!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain and Lary Sorensen filling in for Eli!

  • It’s Masters week — in NOVEMBER! Ah, 2020. But we’ve got a GREAT guest to talk about it: Michigan’s own DAN POHL.
  • Was Danny the best golfer the state ever produced? With The Mitten’s weather, the list sure ain’t long but we’ll take a look.
  • Ohio State’s Urban Meyer as head coach of (gulp!) The University of MICHIGAN? Get outta here!
  • The 0-9 laughing stock New York Jets in the playoffs? Get outta here! The LIONS could still make it too.
  • Old pals Lary and Bob have a BIG, uh, “discussion” about MONEY in baseball.
  • J.T. Realmuto, George Springer and DJ LeMahieu have all REJECTED $18.9 million for 2021. Could any land in Detroit?
  • Chris Fetter HAS landed in Detroit as Tigers’ pitching coach. It’s Lary against his boyhood idol, Denny McLain, on THAT one. 
  • Could a student be admitted to the University of Michigan, let alone survive academically, without PERFECT English fluency?
  • That issue is part of a red-hot battle that may soon turn U-M vs MSU basketball into the NEW Duke-Carolina.
  • And a horrible tragedy in the sports world leads us to reexamine one of the wildest college bowl games ever played.
  • We’ve got those stories, YOUR mailbag and much for you — right here!

Episode 191: DOWN from “Mt. Rushmore” and ONTO Our Show!

Mike (Doc) Emrick

Congratulations on a career well lived.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Denny McLain, Bob Page AND Fred Heumann!

  • The greatest hockey announcer EVER? Many say that about the personable MIKE “DOC” EMERICK, our guest today!
  • But who’s interviewin’ whom? Michigan resident Doc has plenty of questions for Denny about the ’68 Tigers.
  • Eli’s U-M sources report that it’s all over for Jim Harbaugh. The proverbial “mutual decision” to come at year’s end.
  • After the humiliation at Iowa, Bob asks why, among hundreds of coaches, MSU was so bent on hiring Mel Tucker.
  • State won’t get any help this week against Indiana — at least not from Eli, who’s jumpin’ on the Hoosier bandwagon!
  • How much will new manager A.J. Hinch mean to the Tigers — and what about his coaching hires of the weekend?
  • The Lions go belly-up again. Let the LATEST five-year rebuilding program begin! But with (gulp!) Sheila Hamp Ford guiding it?
  • The Masters in NOVEMBER? It starts this week! Eli and Denny guarantee the biggest current name in golf will NOT win.
  • And a Red Wings favorite says a classy good-bye with a thank-you note to Detroit and his home state.
  • Those stories, Eli has his “This Day in Sports History,” Bob has YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 189: From BO to — BODY PARTS?!

Steve Smith

What did you sell to people?!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Bob Page and Fred Huemann filling in for Denny McLain!

  • A tough day for a former MICHIGAN football star to join us, but ex-QB STEVE SMITH sucks it up and faces the music!
  • Who’da BELIEVED what happened?! Not FRED, who sez he’s never experienced anything in his career like MSU’s upset!
  • Days later it’s STILL big news: the Tigers hire A.J. Hinch! Bob already wonders how A.J. and Al Avila will get along.
  • And was Hinch and the Astros’ sign-stealing really THAT big a deal in the wake of new charges against a famous MLB manager?
  • HBO fan Eli hips us to a great new segment about baseball’s Negro Leagues on his favorite show, “Real Sports.”
  • What (lame) excuse did one of baseball’s most legendary figures once give Bob for not allowing black players in?
  • Wait til you hear how long it takes the boys to FINALLY get to the Lions! Do fans really care much about the Lions anymore?
  • Quick now: name the five greatest people you’ve EVER known. Fred puts a member of the Lions’ next opponent on HIS list!
  • Those stories, Eli has his “This Day in Sports History” and Bob has YOUR mailbag — right here.

Episode 185: Role Model for Girls? Role Model for ALL!

Manon Rhéaume

She just happens to be a woman.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Denny McLain and Bob Page!

  • Wow, a WOMAN guest — our first one ever! And what better choice than hockey trailblazer Manon Rhéaume?
  • All the sturm und drang, all the controversy over MLB’s COVID-bastardized season — yet justice is done anyway.
  • After seeing the talent level of the playoff teams, now it’s Eli’s turn to be angry with Al Avila and the Tigers. 
  • Denny takes exception to the hot-dogging from some of the players. Bob doesn’t dig the fraternizing.
  • A win at Jax and now it’s on to the playoffs! Don’t SOME members of the media and Lions fans EVER learn? 
  • “Who the hell was YALE LARY?” The uneducated young generation scoffs. Bob gives ’em a MUCH-needed lesson.
  • And Eli gives the young an important black history lesson in his “This Day in Sports.”  
  • Big Ten(14) football is BACK! Could lowly Rutgers destroy Mel Tucker’s MSU debut? What if Harbaugh loses at Minnesota?
  • Take a bow mid-Michigan! Two of your native sons brought us Sunday night’s thrilling Game 7.
  • And from Michigan’s Thumb comes news of the retirement of one of broadcasting’s all-time greats. 
  • Those stories, Bob has YOUR mailbag segment and WE’VE got much more right here!

Episode 184: A Boyhood Baseball Card Come to LIFE!

He led the league in triples his rookie year!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Denny McLain and Bob Page!

  • A trash-talking softball player — in his 80’S?! THAT is ex-Tiger JAKE WOOD who still thanks baseball every day for his life
  • YOU’VE got nothing to do — right? So you’re obviously watching EIGHT HOURS of baseball every day — right?!
  • All those impressive young pitchers in the MLB Playoffs? Fred’s upset! He says the Tigers’ kids are NOT in the same league.
  • Meanwhile, still another new name’s in the hat to become Detroit’s latest manager. But how attractive really is the job?
  • Bob finally gets some company on the show: Fred joins him in walking sports’ COVID-19 tightrope!
  • Nick Saban is the latest big-name to fall victim — but HE’S ready to coach Bama versus Georgia Saturday night.
  • Ex-MSU All-American Le’Veon Bell already banished by the Jets. Fred knows him well. What IS this guy’s problem? 
  • The Big (14) hasn’t even started its delayed football season, yet here come Tom Izzo, Juwan Howard and basketball! 
  • It’s The Clash of the Titans Sunday in Jacksonville and Denny has some surprising news about the FL’s.
  • Yet it won’t be nearly as surprising as when he tells you the identity of his TRUE baseball idol.
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more right here!