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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 88: Jay Vincent’s “Long Strange Trip!”

Jay Vincent in MSU Spartan uniform

I wanted everyone to see what I went through.

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

  • From national champion to the NBA — to PRISON — and back:  ex-Michigan State star Jay Vincent joins the boys.
  • A special thanks to our servicemen and women on Veterans Day. How did Eli, Denny & Bob never serve, btw?
  • Former MSU and Lions wideout Charles Rogers is dead at 38! Shocked — but not really surprised? Us too. 
  • Ya know, the FL’s coulda won that game at Chicago. In fact, they SHOULDA won it and they WOULDA won it … (yawn)
  • Ohio State All-American Chase Young suspended by the NCAA — excuse us, for WHAT?!
  • Grapes’ Wrath (ouch) has him in hot water on Hockey Night in Canada. Is the end approaching now? 
  • Looks like the end of the Wings’ sad season may have been given a reprieve thanks to the latest Stevie Y deal.
  • Quick now! What major sports event was played Sunday? All three of the boys whiffed on this one!
  • More controversy in the Terrible Tigers’ front office. Is Al Avila at fault for THIS as well?
  • And were we too hard in our criticism of Clemson? THAT is in our mailbag segment plus 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 85: Mr. McLain, Do You GAMBLE on Baseball?!

I had a great night with that home run!

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

  • So, does Denny still have such little respect for “Mercenary Max” Scherzer NOW? 
  • The boys wrap up the World Series and pull no punches about the umpiring and managing we saw.
  • And to think that Denny picked the Nats to win it all! Rest assured, he’s NOT too shy to mention that — or his BETS!
  • The FL’s go to Oakland to face the Raiders with a ONE-GAME win streak! Exciting! But Bob sez fans know what usually comes next.
  • Michigan and Michigan State have byes this Saturday. Well, the Wolverines, ya know, TECHNICALLY …
  • Meanwhile, the broken record keeps skipping: still MORE trouble for MSU off the field.
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan high school hoops superstar Emoni Bates has landed on the COVER of S.I. — at age 15! Too much, too soon?
  • Eli strikes out on the meaning of “load management” in sports. Oh, you too? You likely won’t be happy to learn what it is.
  • Boo-Hoo! The Pistons are under .500 cuz they have injuries. So how have the Raptors flown out of the gate without Kawhi?
  • Plus Gary McCord surprised, unhappy by his firing at CBS, we hear from YOU in our weekly mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 83: Wow, 608 Career NHL Goals? Our Guest is Dino Ciccarelli!

Dino Ciccarelli's Jersey

“You want to score in the NHL” 

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

  • And now for our main event: Dino Ciccarelli vs Scotty Bowman! But that’s just ONE issue we’ll discuss with the ex-Wings star and HOFer.
  • The Nats are off to a 2-0 World Series lead and going home with — Anibal Sanchez on the mound?! All of Michigan thought he was DONE!
  • Is Jim Harbaugh heading back to the NFL? That COULD be based on what happens Saturday night against Notre Dame.
  • Meanwhile, MSU hosts Penn State with, as usual, bigger news made OFF the field: Malik McDowell pleads guilty to multiple charges.
  • It’s Denny’s FLs vs Bob’s New York Giants Sunday! Who ya got? Does it even matter at this point? Bob says YES! 
  • Andre Drummond and the Pistons looked sharp in their season opener. Will he leave in this, his walk year? Uh, wouldn’t YOU?
  • Eli says the NBA/China debacle will carry on a long time. But who was right and who was wrong in the brouhaha?  
  • The Wings started hot but have fallen FAST! Can Jeff Blashill bring them back — or is the team doomed as long as he’s the coach? 
  • Who knew Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman best? The boys argue as they dish stories of Al AND of Howard Cosell.
  • In YOUR Mailbag Segment, Denny responds to one of you by saying in essence, “That’s a LIE!” Those stories and much more right here!

Episode 53: If a Catcher Drops ANY Pitch — WHAT’S Gonna Happen?!

MLB Catcher catching wild pitch.

The rule is going to drastically alter the game if it’s adopted.

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

  • Our Dickie V interview: Your comments — while Bob comments on the college basketball corruption that Dick and others protect.
  • MLB commish Bowie Kuhn: “You claim that players KISSED on the Seattle team bus?! Incredible!” 
  • The legendary Jim Bouton of Ball Four has died.
  • MLB All Star Game and Fox’ TV coverage? Some loved it (Eli), some hated it (Bob). Either way, the ratings are way down.
  • C’mon, Denny! You REALLY don’t think baseballs are juiced this year? Many big-name MLB guys disagree with you.
  • With all the HUGE changes in baseball now, Denny brings up a proposed rule change that may have YOU apoplectic!
  • Oh. You’re already apoplectic over the possibility of another MLB strike or lockout? Denny and Bob are too, but Eli defends it.
  • Kawhi moves on, a disgrace for U-D basketball AND MSU football, plus much more right here!

Episode 30: N-Bombs in Sports and the New P.C. World

Are we overreacting to political correctness?

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

  • The Pathetic Pistons are all but finished — and now is Andre Drummond finished in Detroit?
    Steve Yzerman is back and the feckless Motown media immediately genuflect and roll over.
  • Eli tells the inside story of how Stevie’s career in Detroit was almost derailed.
    And Denny tells a wild story about one of sports’ greatest heroes! Could it actually be true? 
  • Is super-agent Scott Boras now Nick’s escape from Detroit Tigers hell?
  • Is Miggy’s early-season slump partly due to his off-field problems? 
  • Plus, the latest sacrifice on the altar of the P.C. crowd, pitching tips from Denny, Bob on nil-nil thrills and much more!
 

Episode 29: The Boys’ Career Highs and Lows

You’re not supposed to say who we are, you’re supposed to say who we used to be!

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

  • The NBA Playoffs — or the draft lottery? Eli and Denny go at it over which is better for the Pathetic Pistons.
  • Miguel Cabrera is off to a terrible start. He’s 36 as of today. Has he lost it for good — or only until summertime?
  • And are Miggy’s off-field shenanigans hurting his game?
  • YOU, the listeners, have questions: The mystery of the 1968 Tigers’ jerseys? The high and low points of the boys’ careers? Why the lack of swearing on the podcast?
  • The new Lions schedule is out! Whoopty-damn-do. Bob goes off on his favorite whipping boys.
  • And Eli and Denny — restaurateurs?! Bob was in New York back then, thus avoiding ptomaine.
  • These stories and much more right here!

Episode 28: TIGER IS BACK — AND THE BOYS GOT LOTS TO SAY ABOUT IT!!!

It’s not a sports story, it’s a cultural phenomenon.

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

  • An amazing golf phenomenon, true, but Tiger Woods may be a bigger cultural phenomenon, as Eli explains.
  • And Denny says WHAT? His ’68 Detroit Tigers were a better comeback story?!
    The Pistons begin their playoff humiliation, even leaving the TNT guys rolling in the aisles.
  • Is Michigan State now becoming the butt of national ridicule? Perhaps — and Bob will tell you why.
  • How are the Tigers doing these days? One short quote from an ex-New York Knicks star says it all.
  • Those stories and much more coming right up!

Episode 25: PAYING the “Student-Athletes:” The Boys Really Duke It Out!

Tom Izzo desperately wants to be considered an elite coach.

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

  • Michigan State readies for a possible national title! But can they beat Texas Tech? And will Tom be on his best behavior — or not?
  • Former Detroit News columnist, Detroit 97.1 radio talk show host and MSU reporter Terry Foster joins the guys with his thoughts.
  • Meanwhile, the topic of paying college athletes roars on and leads to a fiery debate among Eli, Denny and Bob.
  • It’s the home-opening series of the year for the Tigers. Denny remembers a really crappy — uh, literally — Tigers opening day of his own!
  • Other MLB topics? Ron Darling pops off — but is he lying? The $300-million man punks out.
  • The wives of Eli and Denny speak out.
  • Should the Wings really “Lose for Hughes?” Might the Pistons do better to lose — period?
    Those stories and much more — right here!