Al Avila

Episode 211: Denny and The Hammer

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

  • Super Bowl LV is set: Tom Brady VERSUS — “the greatest quarterback ever?” At least according to Denny! 
  • Matthew Stafford is OUT as Lions quarterback. Good for MATT! But what now? Is SHEILA really gonna make the call?!
  • Who better to comment on the death of the great HANK AARON than a former Braves teammate named DENNY McLAIN?
  • But Denny reveals a shocker from that era when asked if he and Hank ever had a few pops together out on the town.
  • Are the Wings dead — already?! They sure played dead in Chicago over the weekend.
  • Sunday’s loss saw the debut of ex-coach Mike Babcock in-studio on NBC Sports. Bob rips NBC’s Empty Suits a new one!
  • Sure was great to see the storied Wings-Black Hawks rivalry renew. Wait’ll ya hear THIS story about Stu vs. Probie!
  • U-M basketball WAS rolling but now has to sit down for TWO WEEKS — a victim of its OWN administration.
  • C.Y.A. (“Cover Your Ass”) may be a military term, but it sure looks like Jim Harbaugh is buying into it.
  • The Tigers’ Al Avila keeps buying into his own, as Bob puts it, “Bum of the Month Club.” 
  • Mercy, mercy, ME — still another black eye for a once-proud athletic department which USED to be just “The U-D!”
  • In YOUR mailbag segment, a listener turns the tables on Denny: “So, did YOU ‘ever think about coaching?'” 
  • Those stories, Brandon on The Big Fight, Mr. McLain back on the appearance circuit — 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 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.