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Episode 164: The Amazing Baseball Odyssey of Jim Essian

Jim Essian wearing A's hat

Crisscrossing America for 17 years!

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

  • Just say “no” — to BO?! To ARA? To DUFFY?! How one of Detroit’s greatest all-around athletes, JIM ESSIAN, did it! 
  • The PGA Championship is underway! With NO fans —  AND with Eli asking a good question about two top stars.
  • While MLB is a mess, the NHL and NBA “bubbles” seem to be working. But hockey and basketball in AUGUST?  
  • And Bob sez, “C’mon, how much does ‘Black Lives Matter’ REALLY mean in the NHL?”
  • Imagine! College football players to coaches: “Here’s a list of demands or we’re not playin’!” THIS is happening NOW.
  • Why this CRAZY Big Ten schedule!? M v OSU in OCTOBER? Producers Brandon McAfee and Marc Fellhauer think THEY know. 
  • Kelly Stafford is furious at the NFL for Matt’s false-positive COVID test. Have OTHER testing mistakes been made?
  • Is our P.C. society SO nuts that a coach can’t even QUOTE someone dropping an “N-Bomb?” Black players USE it!
  • We MUST support local journalism in our free country. But Bob wonders how much we’re willing to PAY to do so.
  • Those stories, “This Day in Sports,” a tribute to Denny in YOUR Mailbag — and much more right here!

Episode 104: A GREAT Spartan Remembered by One of His Top Stars

One of the great athletes that played for George Perles

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

  • MSU coach, A.D. and Trustee George Perles has passed away. One of his finest players, Todd Krumm, joins us to reminisce.
  • MORE trouble for John Beilein, now from a Cavs team meeting! Bob: WHY did John leave U-M?! Cut bait on a BAD hire!
  • Eli, meanwhile, is not too thrilled with Carolina coach Roy Williams — who is NOT too thrilled with his roster.
  • Is he gonna stay or go?! Time for the Pathetic Pistons to DO something about Andre Drummond. 
  • And that’s only one of their many problems: Blake Griffin’s latest injury may end his career. Eli to Tom Gores: Sell the team!
  • A respected baseball site says starting pitchers Casey Mize and Matt Manning are the Tigers’ top prospects. So PITCH ’em!
  • We lay out the NFL playoff match-ups with times and weather forecasts AND lay out the latest coaching hires.
  • Is this what it’s come to for one of the great franchises in sports: few in Michigan even CARE about the Wings anymore?!
  • That story on YOUR mailbag, PLUS Denny meets Dizzy, a shout-out to the Toledo police force and 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 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 72: STILL Watching the NFL? A LOT of People Aren’t!

Meme of NFL referee throwing yellow flag

It’s Gotten To The Point Where There’s So Much Wrong With This League

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

  • Top NFL stars droppin’ like proverbial flies with no end in sight! Are YOU losing interest?
  • And how about ALL those penalties, horrible no-calls and other blown officials’ decisions? Had enough yet?
  • The FL’s DON’T choke — Michigan State DOES and makes it even worse with so much whining!
  • Eli says he now is hearing rumblings that Mark Dantonio may hang it up at the end of the season. 
  • Michigan was off Saturday but EASTERN Michigan was ON! What a win for coach Chris Creighton at Illinois! Can EMU keep him?
  • Chris Ilitch is HAPPY with the “progress” of the Toothless Tigers — despite 100+ losses and being the laughing stock of MLB?! 
  • Shades of Al Avila: looks like Gardy will be back next year — but why a contract extension NOW?
  • What? Dylan Larkin is NOT going to be the Wings’ captain? Eli thinks he understands the reason.
  • Those stories, more Denny Tales plus Eli under attack in our Mailbag (!) and much more — 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.