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Episode 114: Jason “Rooftop” Thompson: My Life in Baseball

Jason Thompson batting

The old guys call me Rooftop, the younger kids have no idea who I am!

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

  • JASON THOMPSON joins the boys who ask why Sparky got rid of him, what it was like to be part of “Birdmania” and much more!
  • Mel Tucker is the new MSU football coach. You say Michigan media people were SOFT on this story? WE will NOT be!
  • Ah, those “student-athletes.” Two football players banished from Ohio State over rape allegations!
  • Is MLB going to update its playoff format to 14 teams — and pick your OWN opponent?! Denny has an alternative.
  • The Astros’ sign-stealing is still making folks angry — and Denny’s even angrier about Pete Rose asking back in. 
  • Are the FL’s really going to trade Matthew Stafford? How much could they get for him at this point?
  • Eli says the Pistons are worth a BILLION dollars more than Tom Gores paid for them! Bob explains why he REALLY wanted the team.
  • “Screaming” Tom Izzo MAY have righted his sinking ship with a big win at Illinois.
  • But don’t blame Northwestern for losing to Michigan’s basketball team. The Mildcats do things the right way.
  • Those stories, Denny McLain, golf hustler as part of YOUR mailbag segment plus MORE right here.

Episode 98: The Boys Put Lou Whitaker in a TALKATIVE Mood!

Lou Whitaker in Detroit Tigers uniform holding a bat on his shoulder

He hasn’t done any radio or TV interviews in a long time.

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

  • Sweet Lou Whitaker joins us! On not being in the HOF: “THEY didn’t see me play every day, THEY don’t know!” 
  • The Ford family meets with Jeff Bezos on selling the FL’s and Eli’s scoop makes lotsa news! Ah, if only …
  • Surprisingly, Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia will be back next year! Who’s running this FL circus anyway? Bob clues us in.
  • We’ve ALL waited so long — and now the bowl season is here! YOU won’t wanna miss a thrilling moment (wink, wink).
  • The Dead Wings just keep on losin’ — on AND off the ice as the Pistons simply LOSE.
  • Cassius Winston bounces back to lead the Spartans while Michigan gets ready for — uh, WHOM?!
  • A happy 85th to the great Al Kaline! Quick: what’s the first name that comes to mind when you hear “Detroit Tigers?”
  • Excited about new Tigers catcher Austin Romine? Bob explains why you shouldn’t be.
  • Drew Brees broke a big record in spectacular fashion. Eli sez Brady’s still the “GOAT.” Denny sez he ain’t!
  • Those stories, the weekly mailbag and much more — right here

Episode 97: Will Jeff Bezos Buy the Lions?!

Jeff Bezos

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

  • Will Jeff Bezos buy the Lions?! https://www.si.com/nfl/lions/news/rumor-jeff-bezos-has-visited-detroit-twice-to-talk-about-buying-lions/Bob tells why that might NOT happen.
  • He’s the proud owner of a USFL championship ring AND played in TWO Super Bowls: Ray Bentley is with us today!
  • Ray’s Michigan Panthers lead into old USFL stories and the VERY famous owner not ALLOWED to buy an NFL team.
  • Other NFL stories? Is the “R word” now a firing offense? And what’s wrong with “white women?!”
  • One NFL NON-story? The FL’s lose their seventh straight. But why count — other than the days til Matt’s gone?
  • Oregon conquers Ann Arbor and Bob didn’t like what he saw in Saturday’s game, particularly from Juwan. 
  • Is ONE reason MSU has been so disappointing the personal tragedy of its star player?
  • The Army-Navy game under fire for a televised “white supremacy” sign from two cadets. Or WAS it that?
  • LSU QB Joe Burrow has won the Heisman, a trophy Eli disdains. He’ll tell you why.
  • He also RAVAGES what USED to be Sports Illustrated. Those stories, YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

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 95: DIRECT from Hamtramck AND MLB — It’s “WIMPY!”

Tom Paciorek (Hawk and Wimpy)

You never lose a nickname! 

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

  • FUNNY guy, GREAT personality! Tom Paciorek shoulda been a media star after his MLB career! Wait. He WAS! And he’s our GUEST!
  • A special thanks from Denny to YOU and to so many others for the condolences pouring in over Sharon’s passing.
  • Sweet Lou failed again with HOF Vets Committee voters. An injustice? Did his personality cost him? 
  • Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller DID get in but Bob attacks Miller for MLB’s money INSANITY. Eli and Denny attack Bob BACK!
  • And those two big bullies ALSO air it out with poor Bob on Ken Harrelson, who MAY be about to go in!
  • The boys are NOT getting along! Eli gets BIG pushback from Bob: won’t he PLEASE stop talking so much about the FL’s?!
  • And Mr. Z recaps, uh, some kind of heavyweight title fight this weekend. Quick now! Name ANY current champ you can!
  • It’s U-M (gulp!) vs Alabama in ONE bowl game and MSU (gulp!) vs Wake Forest and its hi-powered offense in another.
  • Eli takes us on a (comical) tour of some of the VERY BIG bowl games on the slate for lucky US.
  • PLUS, a WOMAN head coach in the NBA(?!), M and MSU basketball, YOUR comments in the mailbag and more right here!

EPISODE 89: Has John Wangler got Great Stories? You Betcha!!!

I have no regrets…and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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

  • Former U-M star QB John Wangler was an MSU FAN?! Bo told him WHAT?! You HAVE to hear this interview!
  • Bob also grills Wangs on Ohio State’s domination AND MSU’s domination of Michigan.
  • Meanwhile, Denny thinks the Spartans have a puncher’s chance Saturday in Ann Arbor. Bob does NOT!
  • With 11 wins (!) de Grom cops his second straight Cy Young. You-know-who has some words to say about THAT too!
  • The Astros caught in another sign-stealing scandal and Eli is furious! But isn’t this just part of baseball? 
  • Colin Kaepernick is working out for NFL teams this weekend. Will the FL’s grab him? Will anyone?
  • Eli had some inside gambler’s info on Tuesday’s Pistons/Heat game and tipped off Denny! How’d it work out?
  • Will Myles Powell play against MSU Thursday or not? Did Seton Hall LIE about his status?
  • The Don Cherry fallout is stronger than ever! What does HNIC do now?
  • Those stories, a big development in Eli’s chicken sandwich report, YOU on our mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 87: A Stroll Down Memory Lane with Alan Trammell!

Alan Trammell at bat

Father time is undefeated.

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

  • New HOF member Alan Trammell does a GREAT job with the boys! His life in baseball, the ’84 Tigers, Magnum P.I.: It’s all here, folks.
  • The latest HOF candidates and state of the HOF? A wild melee suddenly breaks out with Eli and Denny dumping on Bob — who dumps right back!
  • Computer umpiring in MLB was also part of that. Denny sticks to his guns — just as he surely would have about horseless carriages in 1906.
  • Is there ANYTHING interesting about the FL’s vs da Bears? YES! For whom will Denny root Sunday? “We” or his own hometown team?
  • Michigan’s off Saturday but the focus does NOT turn to Michigan State. Even Spartan fans may bail on MSU-Illinois. Alabama v LSU is at the same time!
  • Bob strolls over to Madison Square Garden two nights in a row and isn’t happy with what he sees: MSU goes down and the Wings ARE down — horribly.
  • U-M basketball? ANOTHER near nightmare in Ann Arbor against those big meanies from Appalachian State! Juwan’s got a lot to learn.
  • You’ll hear about Denny’s fascinating old side gig on our mailbag segment AND about an UNUSUAL biz plan he and Jim Northrup once concocted!
  • Eli answers Bob’s bemused question: “What the HELL does a chicken sandwich have to do with SPORTS?!” 
    Those stories and much more right here!

Episode 86: Bobby Hull: It Was the Biggest Disappointment of My Life

Bobby Hull in Blackhawks uniform

Something happened that those of us who saw it will never, ever forget.

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

  • The Golden Jet himself, Bobby Hull, joins the boys to discuss his amazing life in hockey, rivalries with Howe and other all-time greats and much MORE!
  • If it’s Monday it must be time for “Bob Page’s Lions Lament!” Bob sez, “Ya know, the FL’s coulda won that game at Oakland and they SHOULDA … and they WOULDA …!”
  • Now that woeful Maryland’s been disposed of, the FUN starts for Michigan: Michigan State and Ohio State are in clear view up the road.
  • NO fun for MSU these days, though. What ELSE can go wrong, you ask? Spartan fans already KNOW the answer.
  • So, from now on it’s all about Michigan State BASKETBALL as the top-ranked team in America readies for #2 Kentucky!
  • Does Tom Izzo’s 5-8 son Steven (1.5 points per game in high school) really deserve a spot on the Spartans’ roster? Eli and Denny say “NO!”.
  • Stephen Strasburg decides to opt out of his contract with a World Championship team — to make even HUGER bucks.
  • “What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?!” Will Red Wings’ coach Jeff Blashill soon learn the painful answer?
  • The Pistons are holding their own — thanks to the great play of Andre Drummond. But what happens when he LEAVES after this season?
  • Those stories, RIP Al Bianchi, we feature YOU on our weekly mailbag and look ahead at our next show with Tiger great Alan Trammell — right here!

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 75: Tigers Great Lance Parrish Has a Whole LOT on His Mind!

Lance Parrish in Detroit Tigers uniform

45 years, on and off, he has been with the Tigers.

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

  • Ex-Tigers star Lance Parrish speaks out on his STILL-bitter exit from Detroit, the ’84 Tigers, his relationship with Jack and SO much more!
  • This, on the heels of our Wayne Fontes interview which is already “smashing box office records” thanks to YOU!
  • The FL’s’ game is — WHAT? One of the three biggest games of the week in the NFL?!
  • President Carter had his black-sheep brother Billy. Looks like Shea Patterson’s got one too as Michigan faces off with lowly Rutgers.
  • Is Indiana trying to play mind games with Michigan State’s vaunted defense for homecoming in East Lansing?
  • The Toothless Tigers so richly deserve the #1 overall pick in next year’s draft! Now will they blow it? And should they pick for need or best available?
  • Tom Izzo: “Haters gonna hate.” And Bob hates the fact that some numbskulls are picking on Tom’s son! Eli and Denny? They’re undecided.
  • Those stories, the “bullying of Bryce,” our weekly mailbag and much more coming up right here.