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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 110: He Played in SIX Super Bowls?!

Mike Lodish in Buffalo Bills uniform

If it has to do with X’s and O’s, I know it all!

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

  • It’s Super Bowl time, gang. Detroiter Mike Lodish played in SIX of them! He joins the boys to discuss his life in football.
  • Richard Sherman wanted nothing to do with the FL’S and their money. Now the 49ers star is IN the Super Bowl.  
  • Predictions? Denny and Eli disagree. Our Brandon McAfee even picks the SB score! Bob either has no guts or is just SMART.
  • The Kobe Bryant death has exploded almost beyond belief, surprising Eli and Denny. Bob tells WHY the story’s so big.
  • Neon Deion has some harsh words for the MLB and NFL Halls of Fame — and he’s RIGHT.
  • Spencer Dinwiddie? Just another guy dealt away for nothing who returns to haunt the Pathetic Pistons.
  • HOW much jewelry did Airhead Allen have in the hotel room where it was stolen? WHAT?! Eli on crazy times with A.I.
  • Denny continues to dump on Michigan basketball! Bob wonders if Denny really knows what’s going on.
  • ANOTHER bonehead decision by the Empty Suits who run TV sports!
  • And ANOTHER “Thank you, Marvin Miller” story, plus YOUR mailbag as well as much more right here

Episode 109: Chris Spielman: A Football Life

Chris Spielman playing in Lions uniform

In A Violent Game, Spielman Stood Out as One of the Fiercest

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

  • With The Super Bowl almost here, ex-Ohio State and Lions star Chris Spielman is our guest on the show!
  • BOB, at least, remains in shock following the death of Kobe Bryant. Eli and Denny? Slightly different story.
  • A longtime private pilot, Denny takes us through what may have happened with the doomed helicopter.
  • Did you know Kobe was almost a Piston? We explain — while Eli says the current Pistons need to start tanking NOW!
  • MSU basketball stock? UP, despite a tough loss at Indiana. Michigan’s? DOWN. Eli’s pessimistic. Bob is  NOT.
  • Castellanos signs a big free-agent deal with Cincy. And YOU thought the Tigers smart enough to bring Nick back?!
  • Yes, the SB is indeed finally upon us. Excited? Or have you had WAY too much football at this point?
  • HUH? ANOTHER SB was played this past weekend? We explain why it was kinda like the blind leading the blind!
  • Zion Williamson getting unusual medical treatment from the Pelicans. Eli has those details.
  • Simona WHO? Is she one of those “big girls” who DO cry? Meanwhile, Tiger is back. What does it mean for golf?
  • And 2019 MIGHT not have been the worst year for Detroit sports after all. THAT’S in YOUR mailbag plus more right here.

 

Episode 107: The SB, MLB Scandal and Earl Cureton on Roundball

Mahomes and Garoppolo

It’s Just About A Pick’em.

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

  • He was a teammate of some of the great players in NBA history! Detroiter Earl Cureton is with us today.
  • EVERYBODY is looking forward to THIS one! The Chiefs versus the Niners in the Super Bowl.
  • Eli tells us Netflix has a new doc out on the tragic life of Aaron Hernandez — and a wild story it is!
  • The Astros’ pitch/sign-stealing scandal rages on. How do YOU and others feel about it? ESPN has an answer.
  • Hand the boys a napkin: They need to wipe the EGG of their faces about Sparky and some of his ex-players.
  • Wither the maybe-NOT-so-pathetic Pistons? Bob says things might be looking up —  and SIGN Drummond. Eli: NO!
  • Why haven’t the WINGS signed Gerard Gallant yet as the disaster rolls on unmitigated?
  • Eli recaps the UFC McGregor/Cowboy bout. DENNY for “Sports Person of the Year”? Someone in the mailbag thinks so!
  • And Detroit pro teams are bad. Uh, HOW bad ARE they? Those stories 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 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 78: Unhappy Michigan Football Fans: HARLAN HUCKLEBY is One of You!

Harlan Huckleby

We Don’t Seem To Have The Dominance Up Front

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

  • Michigan and Iowa waged one HELLUVA defense battle Saturday. Boring? Eli says YES! Bob says NO! 
  • Ex-Michigan star Harlan Huckleby has PLENTY to say on Michigan AND about Jim Harbaugh. His comments will surprise you!
  • Bob repeats HIS comments from MSU’s too-narrow win over Indiana: Lewerke is overrated and so is State’s defense.
  • The MLB Playoffs are heatin’ up and Denny’s NOT thrilled over what he’s hearing on radio and TV from “Jessica Somebody.
  • Meanwhile, he made another of his sports-show appearances last weekend and lassoed PETE ROSE. Pete joins us Thursday!
  • Penalty flags AGAIN are flying all over the field in college and pro football. Can you imagine if this stupidity happened in baseball?
  • WOW! Anthony Mantha with FIVE goals in the Wings’ first two games, FOUR of ’em Sunday night! 
  • As legal sports gambling is exploding all over the nation could we someday have another Black Sox-like scandal?
  • And will Michigan beat Kansas on high school basketball phenom Isaiah Todd? Bob guarantees it — cuz the Jayhawks are in BIG trouble.
  • Those stories, YOUR thoughts in our mailbag segment and much more right here.

Episode 74: Wayne Fontes REALLY Opens Up About his Lions Years!

I’ve never burned a bridge.

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

  • He’s rarely been back to Detroit and doesn’t do interviews — but he did with us!  Ex-Lions coach Wayne Fontes has a LOT to say.
  • The smackdown of Jim Harbaugh rages on — and won’t get any easier for him on THIS program!
  • If ONLY Michigan had players like Michigan State’s Joe Bachie — whom they didn’t even recruit.
  • But Bob wonders: what’s a good MSU story like Saturday’s win at Northwestern without still more controversy?
  • The FL’s author a stunning victory at Philly! And now it’s on to the Super Bowl — right, you FL’s diehards?
  • Denny goes to a Tigers’ game — and his wallet won’t be the same for weeks! A full accounting coming up.
  • He RIPS Joe Madden, the manager of his own beloved Cubbies, yet somehow defends Derek Jeter’s woeful Marlins?!
  • Now on a ROLL (or maybe just in a BAD mood?) Denny claims MIGGY is dogging it.
  • The boys decry the continued abuse of Detroit, Eli now helping NFL fantasy players and the Cincinnati, uh, GREENS? 
  • Those stories and more right here.

Episode 62: “Student-Athlete!” And He’s Being Punished for It?!

How can you punish scholarship???

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

  • (GULP!) $30,000,000 a year — and it’s (GULP!) not enough dough?! 
  • Eli seems fascinated by the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Bob is decidedly not.
  • After just one pre-season game the NFL’s list of seriously injured players is already high. 
  • Plus, helmet controversy, replay on pass interference — and will YOU be able to legally gamble on football soon? 
  • Even small local newspapers are ganging up on the Toothless Tigers now!
  • And how’s this for a switch? A great prep football player ruled ineligible because he STUDIES too much?! 
  • Those stories, the boys with some more of those old baseball stories for you and much more right here!

Episode 59: If Ya Never Saw Him Play FOOTBALL, Ya Missed Something Special!

Black and white photo of Kirk Gibson in MSU uniform

He Would Have Been A Superstar In The NFL.

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

  • Nick and Shane stage a get-outta-jail break at the eleventh hour! 
  • MLB’s biggest trade was the Astros’ acquisition of ace Zack Greinke. Does this mean the WS is already over?
  • The “snaps” of Trevor Bauer AND ex-Tiger Rick Porcello: what was the biggest one Denny ever experienced?
  • The great “Killer Bee,” Nick Buoniconti, has died at 78. GUESS the main cause!
  • As MSU football struggles, the Walmart Wolverines and Spurious Spartans are back at it again.
  • Who was the greatest wide receiver NEVER to play in the NFL? Eli and Bob tell us about him.
  • A quality 7-1 pitcher?! Denny relates his sad story.
  • And a recent Esports tourney paid out $3 million to the winner! The boys (read: old men) ask what the hell “Esports” means.
  • Those stories and much more right here!