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Episode 96: Now, Now, Boys! Stop Fighting! Behave Yourselves!

Baseball covered in dollar bills with red stitching

Are you guys coming over to my side in this debate?!

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

  • Strasburg, Cole and Rendon sign deals worth $824,000,000!!! Eli and Denny: SO? Bob: What about the FANS?!
  • Great news! The Toothless Tigers are FINALLY ready to rebuild! So claims Al Avila. Do you trust him? Denny doesn’t.
  • Al also sez the Tigers’ venerable UNIFORMS will look different in 2020? HUH?! HOW?
  • What was that “award” Keith Olbermann used to give? The Worst Person in the World? Do Eli and Denny have a nominee for YOU!
  • Two of MSU’s biggest names clash! Resident BOWLING expert Denny says HE knows which side HE’S on.
  • Whatever happened to ex-Michigan coach Brady Hoke? Bob explains why they WON’T be holding any benefits for him.
  • Michigan basketball? Don’t say Bob didn’t warn you about that Illinois game on the ROAD, while he RIPS the U-D!
  • Meanwhile, John Beilein’s got major problems in Cleveland. Why on EARTH did he leave the U-M?
  • Megan Rapinoe awarded SI’s SportsPERSON of the year, then really pops off at the ceremony! Was she right?
  • Those stories, our weekly mailbag featuring YOUR thoughts and much more right here!

Episode 93: Count Dennis Franklin Among UNHAPPY M Grads!

Dennis Franklin in U of M football game

It’s never gonna go away.

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

  • ANOTHER humiliating Ohio State beatdown of Michigan! Ex-star QB Dennis Franklin discusses that and MORE with us!
  • Denny has an, uh, interesting explanation for OSU’s dominance. Eli and Bob strongly disagree!
  • Did Bob overreact in saying (yelling!) that what happened Saturday was a “disgrace?” Eli thinks so.
  • Yippee! Michigan State is now “bowl eligible” after fans deserted the sunken ship for Saturday’s win.
  • But better things should be ahead for MSU basketball as a battle with Duke looms.
  • And what a job by U-M in winning a holiday tourney in the Bahamas! Now it’s #1 Louisville — on the ROAD.
  • Denny rips the Tigers’ coaching staff collective new ones on a subject he knows a LOT about!
  • Did the hockey world overreact to Calgary’s firing of ex-Wings’ assistant Bill Peters?
  • The FL’s made fools of themselves again on Thanksgiving. Who is the QB now? Bob asks, “Why not Kaepernick?!”
  • PLUS, MNF starring IMUS and McLAIN (?!), YOUR mailbag, Eli and Denny wage WAR against studio invaders and more!

Episode 91: The Life of an NFL kicker? Jason Hanson Tells All!

It starts with the snap.

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

  • Kickers are ALWAYS the best — interviews! You’ll hear that for yourself as ex-Lions’ star Jason Hanson joins the boys.
  • The FL’s play the Crummy Game of the Week vs. the PUTRID Redskins featuring TWO bungling owners, a man and WOMAN each.
  • LA and Baltimore have a key MNF matchup but a former Raven ain’t gonna help his new team! Eli and Denny are surprised.
  • College football: Bob repeats his prediction for the Michigan-Michigan State game: Michigan will ALSO “kill” Indiana!
  • And are you ready for The Big One? It’s MSU at mighty Rutgers! As usual, Mark Dantonio himself overshadows all.
  • DEATH threats to college players! Do a few nut-jobs take these games, played by mere kids, too seriously? DUH.
  • The winningest coach in Wings’ history, Mike Babcock, FIRED in Toronto! A case of history repeating itself?
  • The Pistons’ Don Casey embattled as well! Is HE to blame for the team’s pathetic lack of effort?
  • Kalamazoo’s own Derek Jeter and 18 others debut on the Hall of Fame ballot. Is it finally Sweet Lou’s time?
  • On YOUR Mailbag segment: “Dammit, take a chill pill, Eli!” Those stories and much more right here

 

Episode 83: Wow, 608 Career NHL Goals? Our Guest is Dino Ciccarelli!

Dino Ciccarelli's Jersey

“You want to score in the NHL” 

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

  • And now for our main event: Dino Ciccarelli vs Scotty Bowman! But that’s just ONE issue we’ll discuss with the ex-Wings star and HOFer.
  • The Nats are off to a 2-0 World Series lead and going home with — Anibal Sanchez on the mound?! All of Michigan thought he was DONE!
  • Is Jim Harbaugh heading back to the NFL? That COULD be based on what happens Saturday night against Notre Dame.
  • Meanwhile, MSU hosts Penn State with, as usual, bigger news made OFF the field: Malik McDowell pleads guilty to multiple charges.
  • It’s Denny’s FLs vs Bob’s New York Giants Sunday! Who ya got? Does it even matter at this point? Bob says YES! 
  • Andre Drummond and the Pistons looked sharp in their season opener. Will he leave in this, his walk year? Uh, wouldn’t YOU?
  • Eli says the NBA/China debacle will carry on a long time. But who was right and who was wrong in the brouhaha?  
  • The Wings started hot but have fallen FAST! Can Jeff Blashill bring them back — or is the team doomed as long as he’s the coach? 
  • Who knew Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman best? The boys argue as they dish stories of Al AND of Howard Cosell.
  • In YOUR Mailbag Segment, Denny responds to one of you by saying in essence, “That’s a LIE!” Those stories and much more right here!

Episode 81: ’84 Tigers Hero to — Stand-Up? DON’T Miss this Interview with Ruppert Jones!

Ruppert Jones baseball card

“I don’t want to get out of my lane.”

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

  • A hero of the ’84 World Series champs, Ruppert joins us to discuss that magical year, why he didn’t come back, his personal struggles and more.
  • Oh, so you say the FL’s were “robbed” by the officials at Green Bay? Eli’s pissed too, Denny disagrees and, as usual, “The Bob Page Lions’ Lament” sez … 
  • It’s the NEW “biggest game of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching career” Saturday night at Penn State. Is it really make-or-break time for him? 
  • We only know one thing about the MLB Playoffs: the Nats are going to the World Series. And who called that one? He’s NOT too modest to say!
  • “Fired up?” Denny ‘s APOPLECTIC! He’s almost frothing at the mouth about juiced (or DE-juiced) baseballs — as Eli sadistically presses his buttons.
  • Basketball’s Jim Calhoun has done something so reprehensible Bob’s shocked that he’s not in jail already!
  • Are you getting your money’s worth at an NBA game? A new study implies NOT and Eli confirms — while Denny just DOESN’T get it.
    LeBron’s controversy is the latest story to remind us that politics and sports, like it or not, are inextricably bound.
  • Those stories, Eli walked out of the arena and missed WHAT? Reggie Jackson ALMOST redeems himself with Denny plus much more!
  • And don’t forget: Mike Lucci, named to the All-Time Lions team, will join us on Monday’s show.
 

Episode 61: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?” Best NOT if You Own a Pro Sports Team!

Stephen Ross holding a football

Why would he do something that’s going to piss off half the nation?!

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

  • This is opening week in the NFL pre-season and Eli asks if the FL’s can become another “worst-to-first” team. Bob answers: “NO!”
  • One of the greatest Lions in history will be in Canton soon — at least if ONE New England Patriots player has anything to say about it.
  • Dolphins owner and Michigan alum Stephen Ross is in hot water for supporting Trump’s re-election campaign.
  • M grad Eli strikes back at a Wolverines fan who accuses him of giving Jim Harbaugh a free ride!
  • Meanwhile, Bob details the latest humiliations for HIS alma mater, Michigan State.
  • The Terrible Tigers on their way to one of the worst records in history — but Denny’s got a plan for filling the seats anyway.
  • Oh, and thank YOU for making our show with John Salley our most listened to EVER! Now, whom would YOU like us to interview? 
  • Those stories and much more coming up right here!

Episode 48: Stanley Cup Savior– or Problematic Piston?

Composite photo of Steve Yzerman and Joe Dumars

I could tell you stuff that stand your hair on end.

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

  • Moritz Seider?! “In Stevie Y We Trust.” But Bob pounds the table: you don’t draft him THERE!
  • Could Yzerman someday become the next Dumars? Eli tells tales of how Joe D managed himself right outta town.
  • “The Vulture” is back at 82! But if he teaches the Mets pitchers what he once taught Denny, he won’t be “back” for long!
  • The locker room of the frustrated Mets blows up! Why not the pathetic Tigers’ yet? Stay tuned.
  • Of course, WITH JV and JD the Tigers would be anything BUT “pathetic.” Verlander rolls on!
  • And Pujols gets a huge welcome in St. Louis, proving that there must indeed be “better living through chemistry.”
  • Those stories and much more right here! 

Episode 46: “Fools Rush In” to Check Out One of Sports’ Worst Lowlifes!

Those are the idiots who just want to be next to or near anybody famous.

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

  • Gary WHATland?! Over Eli’s screams of protestation, Denny and Bob wonder where the hell Gary’s been all these years?
  • “Little League stuff!” When the Tigers’ own coaches start using that term around their team …!
  • Reliever Joe Jimenez is “tired of messing around?!” Nick turns down Gardy’s offer! What a JOKE this franchise has become.
  • And now Casey Mize has an inflammation of the shoulder? You won’t believe Dr. Denny’s recommended “treatment” for him!
  • The Lakers make a big splash by acquiring Anthony Davis — but is that just because they seem like fools?
  • Double-murderer OJ Simpson is now on Twitter and, speaking of “fools,” 650,000 of them immediately follow him!
  • Michigan in the College World Series, the U.S. women’s soccer team, Tommy Hearns, boxing stories and much more right here! 

Episode 45: Get Over It, Detroit! It Was a LONG Time Ago

Vintage photo of team of Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Champions 1935-1936
  • Will The Red Wings Ever Get back There?

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

  • The St. Louis Blues capture their first Stanley Cup — after 52 years of trying!
  • Had the Bruins won instead, would DETROIT’S sports legacy have been at risk? “What a bull**** story!” sez Bob.
  • The Russian Five author Keith Gave joins the boys with the incredible story of how the Wings stole “The Ovs.”
  • The NBA Finals have turned into a blame game about Kevin Durant’s injury. Ah, second-guessing!
  • From our weekly mailbag, how many players ever charged the mound when Denny was pitching?
  • JV continues to light up MLB at age 36. Golly gee, Mr. Avila, think you could use him NOW?
  • The U.S. Open underway, controversy over the U.S. women’s soccer team — and Tom Izzo as well?! 
  • It’s all right here!

Episode 44: A World Gone Mad With Gun Violence!

It’s Out Of Control.

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

  • David Ortiz shot in the D.R.! Shocking? Bob sez it could happen to any of US at any time. 
  • The Stanley Cup Finals go to Game 7. With the Bees at home it’s in the bag, right? Just ask St. Louis fans!
  • Meanwhile, Game 5 of the NBA Finals is Monday night. Toronto’s a shoo-in, right? (See above)
  • Here’s a good question as the Great Disaster of 2019 continues: “How do you fix the Detroit Tigers?”
  • Johnny Football with ANOTHER comeback. The boys wonder, can really blame him for his failures?
  • O.J. Simpson trying to make a comeback in the public eye but just spews more garbage.
  • The U.S. Open starts Thursday with the players, as always, bitching. Denny and Eli bitch about THEM.
  • Plus, the amazing Rafa — and much more right here