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Episode 105: FOOTBALL? Where Do We START Today?!

Lamar Jackson playing football

Let’s not start there…

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

  • Not embarrassed ENOUGH yet, Spartan Nation? Bob unloads on his alma mater after a Detroit News expose on MSU football.
  • He, uh, is none too happy with MSU basketball’s humiliating display at Purdue either.
  • The boys recap a WILD Sunday in the NFL playoffs and get into a near screaming match about Saturday night’s game!
  • ESPN wants to steal Tony Romo, Eli and Russell Wilson, a Dearborn PIONEER, a former “student-athlete” speaks — or TRIES to!
  • SO many football stories and, oh, btw, there ALSO is the matter of a little football game being played Monday night.
  • Sir Charles himself to the rescue of John Beilein, though nobody could quite rescue John’s ex-team on Sunday.
  • The P.C. Posse riding herd over sports too. When do nicknames, logos and mascots NEED to be changed? And when NOT?
  • What was it like to actually go to a game at the legendary shrines of The Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field? ELI knows firsthand!
  • And what was it like to know a man who broke into MLB in 1909 — with the Brooklyn SUPERBAS?! DENNY has that answer!
  • Those stories, YOUR weekly mailbag and much 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 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 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 71: EX-MICHIGAN STAR BRAYLON EDWARDS SLAMS M FOOTBALL – AGAIN

Close-up photo of Braylon Edwards wearing U of M cap.

Harbaugh’s been there for five years now…name someone that he’s brought in.

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

  • Former Michigan and NFL star Braylon Edwards joins us to discuss his new book, his career, family AND to argue with Bob!
  • This after being suspended by the Big Ten Network last year for ripping U-M football’s current state.
  • When bad things happen to good people: the boys eulogize the late Fred McLeod.
  • Eli talks about a guy he knows well: Dennis Rodman, the subject of an ESPN “30 for 30” this week.
  • The Antonio Brown saga just might end, not with the Pats, but in a PRISON CELL, while OBJ continues to make a fool of himself!
  • Mark Dantonio on the cusp of overtaking Duffy as the winningest coach in MSU history. Bob BEGS for perspective!
  • A new law in Cali will allow college athletes to be paid by 2023. The NCAA is gonna fight! What does it all portend for college sports?
  • 7Plus another of our “Adventures With Denny,” YOU on our weekly mailbag segment and much 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 49: Got replays? Then USE them! Got the K-Zone? Then USE it!

I wanted to see where that pitch was. 

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

  • Michigan falls to Vandy in the CWS championship. Bob wonders if a REALLY bad break didn’t change the course of the game.
  • Eli rails on the lack of respect the pathetic Tigers are showing those few fans who still come to Comerica.
  • The news on some ex-Tigers Al Avila GAVE away? Not pleasant, nor is the progress of his top minor league prospects.
  • Why so many homers in MLB this year? Denny sez, “Why, in MY day …”
  • Kevin Durant, seriously injured, turns DOWN $31.5 mil! Bob spars with Eli and Denny over KD’s intentions.
  • Another embarrassment for Michigan State? Is Mark Dantonio recruiting too many bad kids?
  • Denny & Eli quizzed on MLB’s most overrated HOF players, Bob on — huh?– M.C. HAMMER?!
  • And much more right here

 

Episode 45: Get Over It, Detroit! It Was a LONG Time Ago

Vintage photo of team of Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Champions 1935-1936
  • Will The Red Wings Ever Get back There?

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

  • The St. Louis Blues capture their first Stanley Cup — after 52 years of trying!
  • Had the Bruins won instead, would DETROIT’S sports legacy have been at risk? “What a bull**** story!” sez Bob.
  • The Russian Five author Keith Gave joins the boys with the incredible story of how the Wings stole “The Ovs.”
  • The NBA Finals have turned into a blame game about Kevin Durant’s injury. Ah, second-guessing!
  • From our weekly mailbag, how many players ever charged the mound when Denny was pitching?
  • JV continues to light up MLB at age 36. Golly gee, Mr. Avila, think you could use him NOW?
  • The U.S. Open underway, controversy over the U.S. women’s soccer team — and Tom Izzo as well?! 
  • It’s all 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 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