Al Avila

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

Episode 43: “What Hall-of-Famer Did You Say Was a Total A-HOLE?!”

Reggie Jackson batting

He walked by me as if I didn’t exist.

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

  • The LAST player you’d think wouldn’t  show up for a game in the NBA Finals? Draymond Green?!
  • And it gets worse as the former Spartan star has stuck his big foot in his big mouth — again!
  • Attendance down, pathetic team. What have Ilitch and Avila done to the Tigers?!
  • Players against the media: Sir Charles versus KD is just the latest feud on the list.
  • “A fool and his money are soon parted,” said Aesop. Sports’ latest “fool” is an MSU great.
  • Boozing it up in the SEC, Eli — on “Jeopardy?” And much more right here!

Episode 38: Enough Nonsense! It’s About Jack and Tiger. Period.

Koepka is the only one besides Palmer, Nicklaus and Woods to have one four majors in a two-year span.

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

  • Brooks Koepka — the NEW Tiger!!! “Bull-bleep he is,” say the boys!
  • By week’s end Michigan could have its new basketball coach. Fab-Fiver Jimmy King joins us with his thoughts.
  • Denny wonders, if the Tigers now have a “quality control coach,” then where the hell is the “quality?!”
  • Are the boys Democrats, Republicans or something else? YOU’LL never know — though a couple miffed listeners think THEY do.
  • Too good for the Clips, Rockets, Blazers — too good for anybody, especially thanks to Draymond. Kevin Durant who?
  • The NHL playoffs? As usual, Eli and Denny plead ignorance while Bob wants Larkin and Mantha home for the Worlds — NOW.
  • Those stories, the death of boxing and much more right here!

Episode 37: As the Tigers’ “Tree Falls in the Woods” Is Anyone Left to Hear It?

There’s no illusion that these games are important.

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

  • JV returns to Comerica and is greeted by — one big yawn. Have Al Avila and the Tigers totally alienated their fan base?
  • Denny and Eli talk about a certain Tigers fan who remains front and center in the news.
    Three Blind Mice? How about FOUR Blind Mice in the NHL playoffs?
  • Eli’s favorite coach messes up in the NBA playoffs. Will it be more of the same in Game 2?
  • “The Biggest Loser” in the NBA draft Lottery? Bob’s answer may surprise you.
  • The “Detroit Lions East” a laughing stock again, but two local yokels from Detroit shout the story down. Guess who?
  • Tiger seeks another storybook ending at the PGA this weekend.
  • And The Boss may be rolling over in his grave over the story too stupid to die. 
  • Those stories and more right here

Episode 35: Trips to the White House, Fine Dining in Jail? Denny’s Done It All!

As far as the White House goes, it is awesome. It makes no difference who the president is. 

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

  • The Tigers’ Matt  Boyd looks like a keeper — but does mad scientist Avila ever keep anybody.
  • Remember Mike Fiers? Just one more guy Al sent packing. Fiers, uh, spun a no-no this week.
  • Some of the Sawx just say “no-NO” to President Trump — and Denny rips ’em a new one.
  • More mealy-mouthed derriere-kissing from the FL’s front office.
  • The NBA Playoffs plod on with the sound of rims clanging — and drums pounding Kyrie out of Beantown.
  • A gourmet Thanksgiving feast in prison? That’s what you got if your name was Denny McLain!
  • Plus, two big controversies on the PGA Tour, Bob rips back as a couple fans rip him — and much more right here!

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Episode 31: HBO on LCA: Fair Reporting or a Hit Job?

It should not surprise anyone that these accusations are made.

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

  • HBO’s “Real Sports” rocks Detroit and the Ilitch family — but was the reporting “fair and balanced?”
  • The NFL Draft is front and center! What major gaffes will the FL’s make THIS year?
  • The Tigers have swept a twinbill at Boston for the first time since 1965 — but Denny has a “senior moment” on his role back then.
  • Meanwhile, Bob puts Denny in his place for spreading an absurd rumor that’s years old on our last podcast.
  • The Drew and Mike Show discovers a bizarre website which has forced Michigan’s Jordan Poole to turn pro. Eli explains.
  • Controversy continues over concussions in the NHL and the NFL as the boys argue about fighting in hockey — from Probie to present.
  • Those stories, the NBA with its cast of TV bimbos and much more right here

Episode 24: Stories? We Got Stories: Mantle, Joe D, Aaron and More!

This was as good an NCAA Tournament game as you’ll ever see.

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

  • MSU and the “new” Izzo power to the Final Four with a stirring win over Duke — and Denny said the tourney was OVER last week?!
  • All the Tigers’ starting pitchers had strong outings at Toronto in a 2-2 series split but Denny and Eli slam the broadcasts.
  • George Kell predicted over twenty years ago that Bob would never see another baseball strike. Oh, REALLY?
  • With the Yankees on tap for the Tigers we talk about drinking with Mantle and dealing with Joe D.
  • The future looks bright for the Red Wings following a fifth straight win. As if either Eli or Denny give a hoot about hockey. Bob shames them!
  • Those stories, plus Hank Aaron, Tiger, Fed and much more right here!

Episode 22: Eli, Denny and a Listener Ask, “What Is Bob Smokin’?!”

We should move on to another subject…this tournament is over.

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

  • Denny is back from a big sports convention in Florida where he and his buddy Bobby Hull had starring roles — portraying Denny McLain and Bobby Hull.
  • They call it “March Madness” for a reason, folks. Duke somehow escapes elimination while Michigan and Michigan State move on — with Tom suddenly on his best behavior!
  • The Pistons have faltered and are now only two games from falling out of the playoffs, even losing to the disgraceful Golden State Warriors — yes, “disgraceful.”
  • A listener wants to know “What is Page smokin’?” when it comes to the Tigers — and Eli and Denny ask Bob the same question.
  • Rob Gronkowski calls it quits at 29. Why did the “Lovable Meathead” do it and where is his place among the greatest tight ends in NFL history?
  • Plus, is one of the Wings’ top young players finally waking up? More p.c. lunacy in sports and much more — right here.

Episode 16: Remembering Ted Lindsay (and more)

Vintage illustration of Ted Lindsay in Red Wings uniform

When he played, he was special.

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

  • Remembering Ted Lindsay — and what caused his disagreements with Gordie.
  • Eli and Bob stubbornly agree: Michigan State is still done! Michigan is another matter.
  • HOW much are people paying for Denny’s autograph while he’s in Lakeland?!
  • Ah, if only BOB and some of the old guard had been at Chris Ilitch’s NON-news conference there.
  • The boys attack Tigers present — and recall ghosts of Tigers past.
  • Plus, Bob goes off bimbos in sports broadcasting and much more right here.

Episode 15: New Yawk Days With Howard Cosell and Others

Mike Ilitch wouldn’t put up with this, period.

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

  • Today, the boys reminisce about ABC Radio days with Howard Cosell and company.

  • Bob says it’s time for a big change with the struggling Detroit Red Wings.
  • Denny demands payment from deadbeats Rollie Fingers and Kenny Holtzman — again.
  • Could Al Avila actually have been right?! Or will it be as awful a year for the Tigers as expected?
  • Plus, Johnny Manziel BANNED from the CFL, famous coaches acting like crazy Little League parents, “Saint Sharon,” and much more.