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Episode 76: TWO Questions You KNOW You’ve Wanted to Ask Eli and Denny

Did it take Denny more or less than 100 days to gain 100 pounds, and What happened to Eli in New York?

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

  • Now that nearly EVERYONE in Detroit is excited the FL’s are OBVIOUSLY going to the playoffs, Denny says WHAT?! 
  • Even more hostility than usual in the NFL: Rex vs Baker, Vontaze vs Goodell, AB vs EVERYBODY — but who WOULDN’T wanna choke OBJ?!
  • Denny claims he doesn’t see all the raw talent Michigan has? Ask Chris Ash, FIRED Sunday as Rutgers coach after that 52-0 route.
  • Was MSU exposed in a too-narrow win over Indiana? Bob says so — and that this Saturday night in Columbus might be UGLY.
  • Great! The Toothless Tigers have quickly righted their sunken ship! They’ve hired a LOT more analytics people!
  • Among other issues, what on earth are they going to do about woeful Jordan Zimmermann? That’s among LOTSA stuff in our mailbag.
  • The boys look towards the MLB playoffs now and aren’t happy about the set-up.
  • And two questions YOU want answered: Why does Lolich hate Denny so much? And what happened in Eli’s brief TV foray into NYC? 
  • All these stories — and much more for you — right here!

Episode 74: Wayne Fontes REALLY Opens Up About his Lions Years!

I’ve never burned a bridge.

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

  • He’s rarely been back to Detroit and doesn’t do interviews — but he did with us!  Ex-Lions coach Wayne Fontes has a LOT to say.
  • The smackdown of Jim Harbaugh rages on — and won’t get any easier for him on THIS program!
  • If ONLY Michigan had players like Michigan State’s Joe Bachie — whom they didn’t even recruit.
  • But Bob wonders: what’s a good MSU story like Saturday’s win at Northwestern without still more controversy?
  • The FL’s author a stunning victory at Philly! And now it’s on to the Super Bowl — right, you FL’s diehards?
  • Denny goes to a Tigers’ game — and his wallet won’t be the same for weeks! A full accounting coming up.
  • He RIPS Joe Madden, the manager of his own beloved Cubbies, yet somehow defends Derek Jeter’s woeful Marlins?!
  • Now on a ROLL (or maybe just in a BAD mood?) Denny claims MIGGY is dogging it.
  • The boys decry the continued abuse of Detroit, Eli now helping NFL fantasy players and the Cincinnati, uh, GREENS? 
  • Those stories and more right here.

Episode 73: That’s the Problem, Mr. Gibson — YOU’VE Got the Money!

He’s Entitled!

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

  • Michigan at Wisconsin: if the Wolverines lose, is the season over for all intents and purposes? Denny thinks so.
  • And could Harbaugh’s stay in Ann Arbor soon be over too? Whatever, Eli talks about what Jim has REALLY meant to the U-M!
  • Wanna see that game AND MSU’s game? You CAN’T — thanks to some idiots at The Big 13 + Rutgers office!
  • Antonio Brown steals a page from “The Book of Gibby:” creditors are pissed at AB cuz HE’S got the money!
  • The Eli Manning Era looks like it’s coming to a close as rookie QB Daniel Jones takes the Giants’ helm. Is Eli a TRUE Hall of Famer?
  • RIP long-time Tigers’ coach Alex Grammas. The boys reminisce about Sparky and all his bo-bos.
  • Denny McLain a BS artist?! No way — uh, right, gang? With a little help, Bob catches him in the act!
  • Eli with Wings’ defenseman Mike Green:  the Wings COULD make the playoffs.
  • Those stories, how to win (maybe!) at NFL gambling, “Big Brother” Saban, VENMO(?) and much more right here.

Episode 70: Wanna Win ALL Your NFL bets? Have WE Got a tip for YOU!

They Put The Point Spread And The Over-Under Right On The Screen

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

  • Even Denny has now adopted Bob’s moniker. HE’S finally had enough of the pathetic FL’s too!
  • The Antonio Brown fiasco has ended — we think. Tom Brady wants to babysit him at his home! But would it work?
  • If Michigan has to go to double OT to beat Army at home, (GULP!) what’s gonna happen AT Wisconsin in two weeks?
  • Big win for Michigan State over Western? Big DEAL says Bob, who utterly destroys his own alma mater — again!
  • Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard talks with Eli and Bob about his future.
  • The Toothless Tigers hit the 100 mark — losses, that is! Which “rebuild” is going better: the Tigers’ or Wings’?
  • Dave Dombrowski won a World Series less than a year ago — and the idiotic Sawx fire him! Back to the Tigers now?!
  • The U.S. Open wrapped up with victories by Bianca Andreescu and Rafael Nadal, who Bob believes is better than Roger.
  • And both Denny AND Eli take a gambling BATH over the weekend! Those stories plus much more right here.

Episode 69: Like GREAT Stories? Eli, Denny and Bob Have Lots of ’em!

There aren’t rules…there are just guidelines!

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

  • Our guest is ex-Lions great Lem Barney who claims football won’t exist any more in 15 years!
  • Meanwhile, the new NFL season is underway. Could the FL’s really go 0-11 out of the gate?! Bob explains.
  • More shenanigans from Airhead Brown as the boys rip him another new one.
  • We tell you about one of the greatest players in NFL history who’s NOT in the HOF.
  • And preview this Saturday’s Michigan and Michigan State games.
  • Eli and Denny have their gambling picks of the weekend — so YOU can bet against them and clean up!
  • JV not a Hall of Famer? Some young “Figure Filberts” lean on sabermetrics to say no!
  • Tales of the great Van Patrick, of Denny’s bad day at the dog races, advice on — mustaches(?) and much more right here. 

Episode 68: The DEATH of one your kids: may it NEVER happen to you!

Ken Daniels, Detroit Red Wings Play by Play Announcer

Life will never be the same. 

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

  • TV voice of the Red Wings Ken Daniels joins us with a surprising prediction about the Wings’ coming season!
  • He, Eli & Denny have one TRAGIC thing in common: each had a child die. They all open up about it.
  • It’s another no-hitter for JV who joins other Al Avila give-aways now tearing it up in MLB.
  • Well, at least they both WON! Our recap of last weekend’s Michigan and Michigan State games.
  • Among NFL roster cuts? Teez Tabor — still ANOTHER blown high draft pick by the FL’s!
  • Bob asks if LeBron were drunk or high — or BOTH in his embarrassing “Taco Tuesday” rant. 
  • Ripping poor Coco Gauff to shreds? That’s like ripping Santa Claus — yet Denny does it anyway!
  • We’ve got the weekly mailbag with YOUR comments & questions. Call us too at (760) 89-BALLS!
  • And two out of three college basketball coaches would just say NO to Trump. Those stories and more right here.

Episode 67: Who’s the Handsome Young Man and What Kind of Car is THAT?!

Denny McLain

It’s a Ford Thunderbird, and I still had my fastball then!

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

  • Are the Tigers planning to name one of their biggest ex-stars manager? SHOULD Gardy go?
  • Could be worse. After Derek’s Jeter’s destruction of the Marlins, the Tigers still draw much better than THEY do!
  • Football is back and Denny alleges that Michigan and Michigan State are playing “all-girls teams” to start the year!
  • Bob says you can’t talk about MSU any more without including its latest embarrassing news.
  • Et tu, DUKE?! Zion Williamson will begin his NBA career with lawsuit after lawsuit.
    Wesley Walker is one of the latest ex-NFL stars who’s in big trouble over what the game did to his body.
  • Eli and Denny equate this whole sordid injury situation to the #MeToo movement.
  • And our mailbag segment includes a great pic of a young Denny and his “mystery car.”
  • Those stories and much more coming up right here!

Episode 65: God Bless America, Rudy! How on EARTH Did You Do It?!

Ok, he had perseverance and all that stuff…

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

  • Eli RIPS Rudy Ruettiger (nicely) as the former Notre Dame walk-on joins us to to talk — what else? — Hollywood and ND Football.
  • Bad enough that JV somehow LOST to the Toothless Tigers, worse that he embarrassed himself afterwards.
  • They’re at it again! Ex-MLB stars with the same old, “Why, in MY day …” The MOST outspoken one will surprise you!
  • Uh, Denny, how did you give up so damn many home runs?!
  • Eli defends his use, and his many mentions here, of (gasp!) marijuana.
  • Bob asks what the hell WARP, +ERA, fWAR, rWAR, & DRA- are? He does NOT get an answer.
  • Eli asks whether NFL wideouts like AB, OBJ and many others are just naturally NUTS.
  • Those stories, more baseball and — HOW much to renovate a HOUSE? — right here! 

Episode 64: The Legend of Ron LeFlore? You Ain’t Heard THESE Stories!

Ron LeFlore on cover of The Sporting News

He learned baseball just to get out of prison.

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

  • Afraid of injury, superstars are now sitting out the entire pre-season — yet the shameless NFL is charging fans full price anyway?
  • The Raiders have issued Bonehead Brown an ultimatum: “all-in or all-out!”
  • There was only one Joe Namath, but Bob has his OWN “guarantees” about Michigan football this year.
  • Tiger and Phil looking more and more like they’re done. Next stop Senior’s Tour? Would Tiger play on it?
  • So how’s Nick Castellanos doing in Chicago? You don’t want to know.
  • And, speaking of the Cubs, Eli & Denny nearly come to BLOWS over an outrageous incident in a recent game!
  • “Two hot dogs and two — WHAT?!” Before a former Tigers star ventured out on the field?!
  • “Haters gonna hate,” as they say. Boy, do a couple of you hate Bob!
  • And Mike Tyson puts Eli to shame — or so he CLAIMS. Eli calls “bull-bleep!”
  • Those stories and much more right here!

Episode 63: What DOESN’T Ex-QB Scott Mitchell Have a Great Take On?!

He’s Smarter Than Most NFL Coaches.

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

  • Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell has so many interesting things to say on the show that we can’t even highlight just one or two! 
  • A common-sense solution to Brady and AB clashing with the NFL over their helmets? The league SHOULD have looked to the NHL.
  • Giants and former FL’s wideout Golden Tate to sue over being suspended 4 games? For taking a fertility drug? 
  • Who says the “arrogant asses” are just SOME Michigan grads? Once AGAIN, THE Ohio State University bests the Wolverines!
  • Stealing signs — in the Little League World Series?! Denny’s REALLY on his soapbox about THIS one!
  • You say you’re sick and tired of the Toothless Tigers? We are too, so we’ll TRY not to talk TOO much about them.
  • From our always-full mailbag: Mickey Lolich a GUEST on our show? Denny & Eli do some ‘splainin’.
  • And Bob asks, ” It’s WHAT night — in WHERE?!” Denny, uh, explains that too.
  • Those stories, how you can “rate” our show and much more right here!