Al Avila

Episode 206: That’s DOCTOR Billy Taylor to YOU!

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

  • “Get Back Up!” The title of a book by BILLY TAYLOR and, boy, did he ever! The great U-M running back is our guest.
  • For ONCE — and hopefully the last time ever needed here — the boys DO do politics on the show.
  • The NFL Playoffs kick off this weekend. Our producer Brandon McAfee has a bold prediction for you! 
  • Meanwhile, Tom Brady had a bold — and stupid — challenge from one of the league’s top young stars.
  • Did the Eagles actually tank that game against Washington Sunday? One thing’s sure: their players did not.
  • Michigan basketball is ROLLIN’ and fun to watch — so what a bad time to have to SIT thanks to COVID.
  • Of COURSE MSU alum Bob loves our former guest, Tom Izzo — but he still drives Bob nuts at times.
  • Is there potentially big news for Michigan State football? MAYBE. 
  • The late, great Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman was right: Detroit’s NBA team is indeed “The PP’s.”
  • The Tigers have landed free agent Robbie Grossman! FYI: he is NOT Jewish. FYI: he is NOT the answer.
  • And, desperate for revenue, can the Wings and the NHL be blamed much for what they’re about to do?
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

 

Episode 204: Good-bye, 2020: UGH! Good-bye, ELI?

Photo image of a person pushing the 0 from 2020 off a cliff

It’s hard to separate sports from reality.

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

  • Happy New Year, everybody, as we ALL look ahead with hope for better days to come.
  • Maybe COVID didn’t hit YOU or yours. Maybe YOU made big $$$ in the market. No matter, good riddance to 2020!
  • It was a year that perhaps has triggered a major change in Eli’s very life as he’ll explain to you.
  • Denny actually became LOOPY over Saturday’s Lions’ fiasco, a game SO ridiculous that one die-hard Lions fan even …!
  • Then listen to Denny become MORE loopy when Eli reads him a quote from Tigers G.M. Al Avila.
  • HOW many TD’s in ONE GAME?! Our producer Brandon McAfee relates a tale of woe from football’s fantasy leagues.  
  • Tom Gores takes heavy flak from Eli — again — as Denny reveals how HE suffered from Gore’s hand in PRISON!
  • Remember the NFL’s CHICAGO Cardinals? Yes? The boys do, which means they — and likely YOU — are OLD!
  • Still another baseball Hall of Famer has died. Denny recalls PHIL NIEKRO and Phil’s late brother Joe. He played with both.
  • Those stories, Bob has another edition of YOUR mailbag — and much more right here!

Episode 201: “Yee-Hah!” The Wild Ride of Mike Henneman!

Mike Henneman

I went to Toledo with an attitude.

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

  • Tigers reliever, RODEO star, finding his long-lost family, marrying a teammate’s widow? What a journey for MIKE HENNEMAN!
  • Bob is APOPLECTIC, stammering in anger, spittle flying. Now the P.C. Posse’s even killed the CLEVELAND INDIANS!
  • “Champions Week?” How about “LOSERS WEEK” — courtesy of the Big Ten(14) with its cockamamie football schedule.
  • And does Ohio State really deserve to be crowned a “champion,” having played so few games?
  • Another Sunday, another loss for the Lions. Weirdly enough, Eli and Denny somehow are seeing hope for them.
  • The Tigers do NOT figure to have much hope in 2021. Maddeningly, Al Avila’s making no apologies for that.
  • Eli rants about a Detroit Pistons team that oughta wear name tags at practice just to become acquainted.
  • Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card has sold for a staggering sum! Resident sports memorabilia expert Denny explains why.
  • Both undefeated, both in the nation’s top 20, but Bob says there’s a big diff between U-M and MSU basketball.
  • Those stories, Eli with “This Day in Sports,” YOUR Mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 200: Tom Seabron: A Winner at U-M AND in LIFE!

Tom Seaborn

I would never start off in life to be number two.

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

  • WOW, our 200th show! We thank YOU listeners and our sponsors for all your great support.
  • “Student-athletes” in big-time college sports? They DO exist. Wait’ll you hear our guest, U-M football’s TOM SEABRON.
  • Amazing that there will be NO Michigan-Ohio State game this year as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc.
  • Yet Harbaugh’s U-M future — or lack of same — overshadowed “The Game.”  Would he CHOOSE to leave as a failure?
  • Could COVID stop the entire college basketball season? MSU-Virginia one of the latest big games called off. 
  • Will YOU get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available in the U.S.? The boys weigh in.
  • Houston Rockets superstar James Harden now needs to pass SIX STRAIGHT COVID tests or the NBA won’t let him play!
  • Harden seems somehow unhappy making $38 million a year. Denny and Lary, uh, made a little less in THEIR careers.
  • Miami Heat star Tyler Herro isn’t worried about money, he’s worried teams are picking on him — cuz he’s WHITE!
  • Some 90% of all college football head coaches are also white — is that FAIR in a game with a majority of black players?
  • RIP Dick Allen. Denny STILL remembers MONSTER homers Allen hit off HIM! But should Dick be in the Hall of Fame?
  • We’ve got those stories, Bob’s got YOUR mailbag and much more —  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!

Episode 182: Baseball Wacko? Listen to THIS Show!

Giancarlo Stanton

How many games in a row can you possibly watch?!

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

  • Two ex-MLB pitchers on one show? You won’t wanna miss Denny and Lary tell great stories, talk about the playoffs and more!
  • Oh, and BTW, boys, after watching that GARGANTUAN Giancarlo Stanton homer, what was the longest home run YOU ever gave up?
  • As the Tigers wait to find a new manager, Bob wonders if they’ve waited too long already to land the best candidates. 
  • The Lions will definitely NOT lose Sunday. They’re OFF, so get outta the house as the first step to kicking YOUR FL’s addiction! 
  • The Titans get back ANOTHER positive test for COVID-19, but Lary says the NFL STILL did the right thing in playing the season.
  • Bill O’Brien FIRED after leading (now 0-4) Houston to FOUR division titles in six years. Why not the same boldness from the LIONS?
  • With the NBA Finals possibly ending Friday, the boys look at the anatomy of WINNERS — versus LOSERS like the Pistons.
  • Steve Yzerman and the Wings selected a teenage Swede at the top of the NHL Draft Tuesday night. In Stevie Y we TRUST — so far.
  • Pro sports is a TOUGH biz indeed. Earlier in the day, Yzerman also had to make a big decision on a popular ex-MSU star.
  • Those stories, Bob has YOUR mailbag segment and much more coming up right here.

Episode 180: What’s WRONG with U-M Football? BUTCH Has an Idea!

Butch Woolfolk

They need to go with a more athletic quarterback.

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

  • Ya better be TOUGH to play for Bo AND Parcells! BUTCH WOOLFOLK was — and DID! The ex-Michigan star running back is our guest.
  • The MLB Playoffs had more games Wednesday than the entire post-season of many past years! And WHAT time did that Yankees game end?
  • Modern technology is changing baseball even further. Lary tells us about pitchLogic and Bob has more on the umpires versus the computers.
  • Is the pandemic slowly starting to wane? MLB announces that there WILL be fans at some upcoming games.
  • “I can not BELIEVE that jerk dropped the ball!!!” Yep, it sure is easy watching games from the couch. Lary calls us all OUT on that.
  • Was Denny RIGHT on our last show? Could The NBA Finals indeed be a four-game sweep for the Lakers over Miami.
  • Eli has some strong words for the possible upcoming McGregor/Pacquiao fight.  
  • And so the stage is set for still another Detroit Lions collapse — just when some fans (who don’t know any better!) are getting excited.
  • Mr. Z also has “This Day in Sports,” Bob has YOUR mailbag segment and we’ve got much MORE right here!

 

Episode 178: Welcome, Lary! THIS is How We Roll!

Lary Sorensen

Good luck?!

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

  • Ex-MLB and U-M pitcher Lary Sorensen will have a role in many of our future shows. Did HE get an earful today as the boys fuss and FEUD! 
  • First — a fiery exchange over new Lions’ boss Sheila Ford Hamp. As usual, it’s Eli and Denny vs. Bob with “let’s give her a chance!” vs. “what a joke!” 
  • Then later, a REALLY “fiery exchange” between Denny and Bob over baseball!
  • Denny also continues to insist the FL’s will NOT fire Matt Patricia this year. Eli: hold the phone on that one with an 0-4 start looming.
  • The legendary Gale Sayers passed away this week at 77. Was he the first great BLACK halfback ever?
  • Sayers was arguably THE greatest running back PERIOD. So, who was MLB’s greatest starting pitcher? Bob says only that nobody’s ever been BETTER than de Grom.
  • With the Tigers’ season essentially over for some time, what to do about Miggy SUDDENLY looking like MIGGY again? 
  • A listener wonders where on EARTH Denny got his “scoop” that the Tigers would name Lance Parrish to replace Gardy?
  • Get ready for a whopping 16 teams in the MLB playoffs — permanently — or even more! Ya like that idea?
  • Since Denny has ZERO interest in hockey, that must mean none of YOU cares about hockey — right? Bob still pays tribute to two famous Michigan hockey products.
  • Eli has “This Day in Sports History” then wages another battle with Bob over YOUR Mailbag. WHEW! What a DAY! Those stories and more right here. Be ready!

Episode 177: “Matt Patricia Looks Done Already”

Matt Patricia

Fans don’t even know what to say anymore.

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

  • Bob Page had some technical difficulties this morning, so he’s taking the day off.
  • The Detroit Lions have dropped their 11th straight game.
  • Eli rolls through every Lions coach since the 1970’s. How many more losses until Matt Patricia is FINALLY fired? Peter King says is look DONE.
  • The NFL ratings are way down and despite the reasons we laid out last week, Eli believes that the games have lost legitimacy.
  • Some MAJOR injuries in Week 2 include Saquon Barkley, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa, Christian McCaffrey, Drew Lock and others.
  • Fred Heumann joins us mid-show to rip the Lions a little bit more.
  • The guys show some
  • Ron Gardenhire has stepped down as manager of the Tigers. Who will be the next coach? The boys argue that the team won’t go anywhere until Miguel Cabrera is gone.
  • Justin Verlander may be finished as he is to undergo Tommy John surgery. Denny sees some light at the end of the tunnel.
  • ANOTHER sports guy is in trouble for criticizing ESPN’s Maria Taylor. This time, because she left Anthony Davis off the 1st, 2nd and 3rd All-NBA Teams.
  • Bryson DeChambeau destroyed the competition at the U.S. Open. We debate his unconventional play.
  • Eli with “This Day in Sports History,” the mailbag gets praise… on the mailbag, and much more right here!