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Episode 211: Denny and The Hammer

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

  • Super Bowl LV is set: Tom Brady VERSUS — “the greatest quarterback ever?” At least according to Denny! 
  • Matthew Stafford is OUT as Lions quarterback. Good for MATT! But what now? Is SHEILA really gonna make the call?!
  • Who better to comment on the death of the great HANK AARON than a former Braves teammate named DENNY McLAIN?
  • But Denny reveals a shocker from that era when asked if he and Hank ever had a few pops together out on the town.
  • Are the Wings dead — already?! They sure played dead in Chicago over the weekend.
  • Sunday’s loss saw the debut of ex-coach Mike Babcock in-studio on NBC Sports. Bob rips NBC’s Empty Suits a new one!
  • Sure was great to see the storied Wings-Black Hawks rivalry renew. Wait’ll ya hear THIS story about Stu vs. Probie!
  • U-M basketball WAS rolling but now has to sit down for TWO WEEKS — a victim of its OWN administration.
  • C.Y.A. (“Cover Your Ass”) may be a military term, but it sure looks like Jim Harbaugh is buying into it.
  • The Tigers’ Al Avila keeps buying into his own, as Bob puts it, “Bum of the Month Club.” 
  • Mercy, mercy, ME — still another black eye for a once-proud athletic department which USED to be just “The U-D!”
  • In YOUR mailbag segment, a listener turns the tables on Denny: “So, did YOU ‘ever think about coaching?'” 
  • Those stories, Brandon on The Big Fight, Mr. McLain back on the appearance circuit — and much more right here!

Episode 209: One TRUE BLUE Ohioan!

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

  • U-M star, Olympic gold medalist, first-round NBA draft choice — the long basketball life of guest PHIL HUBBARD!
  • What a quarterback dual: Brady vs Brees! But as often happens with great pitching match-ups — a DUD.
  • The boys recap the weekend’s NFL playoffs, look ahead to this Sunday’s title games AND to the Super Bowl.
  • The WHAT Bowl? A foreign concept, of course, to the Lions — now embarking on their LATEST rebuilding program.
  • Should they have hired Robert Saleh instead? Or Urban Meyer? Bet that if a mistake can be made, the FL’s will make it.
  • A great goaltender? At times. A great Detroit Red Wing? Always! And now HOWIE hangs ’em up.
  • Bob warned it might happen. Denny pooh-poohed him, but Michigan did indeed go down at Minnesota. 
  • Now will COVID allow U-M to play Maryland or MSU to play Illinois? Bob asks, no, BEGS, the Big 14 for just one thing.
  • Denny rips his former team — again — for stubbornly sitting out free agency without a splash.
  • And he rips baseball’s Hall of Fame for continuing to snub one of his greatest friends and Tiger teammates.
  • Those stories, a top Detroit sportscaster skewered in YOUR mailbag segment and more — right here!

Episode 204: Good-bye, 2020: UGH! Good-bye, ELI?

Photo image of a person pushing the 0 from 2020 off a cliff

It’s hard to separate sports from reality.

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

  • Happy New Year, everybody, as we ALL look ahead with hope for better days to come.
  • Maybe COVID didn’t hit YOU or yours. Maybe YOU made big $$$ in the market. No matter, good riddance to 2020!
  • It was a year that perhaps has triggered a major change in Eli’s very life as he’ll explain to you.
  • Denny actually became LOOPY over Saturday’s Lions’ fiasco, a game SO ridiculous that one die-hard Lions fan even …!
  • Then listen to Denny become MORE loopy when Eli reads him a quote from Tigers G.M. Al Avila.
  • HOW many TD’s in ONE GAME?! Our producer Brandon McAfee relates a tale of woe from football’s fantasy leagues.  
  • Tom Gores takes heavy flak from Eli — again — as Denny reveals how HE suffered from Gore’s hand in PRISON!
  • Remember the NFL’s CHICAGO Cardinals? Yes? The boys do, which means they — and likely YOU — are OLD!
  • Still another baseball Hall of Famer has died. Denny recalls PHIL NIEKRO and Phil’s late brother Joe. He played with both.
  • Those stories, Bob has another edition of YOUR mailbag — and much more right here!

Episode 201: “Yee-Hah!” The Wild Ride of Mike Henneman!

Mike Henneman

I went to Toledo with an attitude.

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

  • Tigers reliever, RODEO star, finding his long-lost family, marrying a teammate’s widow? What a journey for MIKE HENNEMAN!
  • Bob is APOPLECTIC, stammering in anger, spittle flying. Now the P.C. Posse’s even killed the CLEVELAND INDIANS!
  • “Champions Week?” How about “LOSERS WEEK” — courtesy of the Big Ten(14) with its cockamamie football schedule.
  • And does Ohio State really deserve to be crowned a “champion,” having played so few games?
  • Another Sunday, another loss for the Lions. Weirdly enough, Eli and Denny somehow are seeing hope for them.
  • The Tigers do NOT figure to have much hope in 2021. Maddeningly, Al Avila’s making no apologies for that.
  • Eli rants about a Detroit Pistons team that oughta wear name tags at practice just to become acquainted.
  • Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card has sold for a staggering sum! Resident sports memorabilia expert Denny explains why.
  • Both undefeated, both in the nation’s top 20, but Bob says there’s a big diff between U-M and MSU basketball.
  • Those stories, Eli with “This Day in Sports,” YOUR Mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 196: From Motown to NATIONAL NFL Expert!

Rick Gosselin

A Pro Football Hall of Fame writer!

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

  • COVID even postponing the SUPER BOWL? Maybe, says one of America’s top NFL writers, guest RICK GOSSELIN.
  • (yawn) Another Thanksgiving, another TURKEY from the Lions. Even Sheila Hamp Ford looked bored to tears!
  • Ford Field may have been empty but the Dallas Cowboys did allow fans for their game later. Why’s that?
  • What’s more, how do the woeful Lions and suddenly woeful Cowboys keep being awarded such a big showcase?
  • Eli a RACIST?! If so, you’d better add Bob and Denny to that list over the boys’ agreement on an overblown NFL event.
  • COVID SO ravaging sports now that one prominent SEC team has been driven to TOTAL desperation this weekend.
  • And the biggest story now that college BASKETBALL is underway is already which teams AREN’T playing.
  • Wins for both U-M and MSU to kick off the schedule but Bob’s much more impressed with #1 Gonzaga.
  • If COVID can’t do it, here’s an event that SHOULD be canceled: Saturday night’s Tyson-Jones “pillow fight!”
  • The WORLD may mourn Maradona but our AMERICAN boys mourn Paul Hornung with LOTSA good yarns!
  • Those stories, Eli’s “This Day in Sports,” Bob with YOUR mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 194: Scared of Butkus? Not a Young GREG LANDRY!

Greg Landry holding a football

But you always wanted to know where he was…

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Bob Page, Fred Heumann AND Lary Sorensen!

  • Okay, so maybe they weren’t “glory days,” but the Detroit Lions of our guest, GREG LANDRY, were at least FUN!
  • NOW, Eli says the COVID crisis has taken the “fun” element OUT of sports. Bob, Fred and Lary disagree.
  • Still, what a world we’re in! MSU’s football game a COVID cancelation. MSU basketball expecting cancellations. 
  • Sports TV ratings are way down and surveys indicate most of you will not go to live events til there’s a COVID vaccine.
  • All those kids! What WERE the Pistons thinking about in the NBA draft, which was at least high on MUSICAL talent.
  • With another embarrassing loss for U-M a possibility Saturday, would the Jets try to hire Jim Harbaugh anyway?
  • Easy come, easy go. One airhead MLB player loses a guaranteed $24 million for taking steroids!
  • “This Day in Sports” finds one of our fans bravely staying at his battle station during “Malice at the Palace!”
  • Those stories, Lary ripped by Howard Cosell on national TV, YOUR Mailbag and much more — right here!

Episode 191: DOWN from “Mt. Rushmore” and ONTO Our Show!

Mike (Doc) Emrick

Congratulations on a career well lived.

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

  • The greatest hockey announcer EVER? Many say that about the personable MIKE “DOC” EMERICK, our guest today!
  • But who’s interviewin’ whom? Michigan resident Doc has plenty of questions for Denny about the ’68 Tigers.
  • Eli’s U-M sources report that it’s all over for Jim Harbaugh. The proverbial “mutual decision” to come at year’s end.
  • After the humiliation at Iowa, Bob asks why, among hundreds of coaches, MSU was so bent on hiring Mel Tucker.
  • State won’t get any help this week against Indiana — at least not from Eli, who’s jumpin’ on the Hoosier bandwagon!
  • How much will new manager A.J. Hinch mean to the Tigers — and what about his coaching hires of the weekend?
  • The Lions go belly-up again. Let the LATEST five-year rebuilding program begin! But with (gulp!) Sheila Hamp Ford guiding it?
  • The Masters in NOVEMBER? It starts this week! Eli and Denny guarantee the biggest current name in golf will NOT win.
  • And a Red Wings favorite says a classy good-bye with a thank-you note to Detroit and his home state.
  • Those stories, Eli has his “This Day in Sports History,” Bob has YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 190: Jim Miller and All Things FOOTBALL!

Jim Miller in Michigan State football uniform

We want to hear all about it.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain and Fred Huemann filling in for Eli Zaret!

  • What a football journey JIM MILLER has been on! The ex-MSU and NFL quarterback cum star radio commentator joins us.
  • Fred’s Central Michigan alma mater leads the MAC pack BACK on national TV. Season ON! Finally.
  • Game OFF. Wisconsin-Purdue a COVID cancelation. Will the Badgers be healthy enough in time for Michigan?
  • Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence ALSO a “COVID cancelation” — and at the worst possible time for fans.
  • Bob wonders if Saturday’s tilt at Indiana is a must-win for Jim Harbaugh and his future in Ann Arbor.
  • Rocky Lombardi goes home to Iowa for a tough game against the Hawkeyes as Michigan State mysteries continue.
  • Hard to choose just ONE “Crummy Game of the Week” in the NFL but the Lions at Minnesota is in the mix!
  • Whatever happened to the glory days of Detroit’s hard-hitting sports media? LONG gone now, to be sure.
  • “Never complain, never explain” was the mantra of Henry Ford II and NOW of a famous ex-college football coach too.
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more all coming up right here!

 

Episode 182: Baseball Wacko? Listen to THIS Show!

Giancarlo Stanton

How many games in a row can you possibly watch?!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain — and Lary Sorensen sitting in for Eli!

  • Two ex-MLB pitchers on one show? You won’t wanna miss Denny and Lary tell great stories, talk about the playoffs and more!
  • Oh, and BTW, boys, after watching that GARGANTUAN Giancarlo Stanton homer, what was the longest home run YOU ever gave up?
  • As the Tigers wait to find a new manager, Bob wonders if they’ve waited too long already to land the best candidates. 
  • The Lions will definitely NOT lose Sunday. They’re OFF, so get outta the house as the first step to kicking YOUR FL’s addiction! 
  • The Titans get back ANOTHER positive test for COVID-19, but Lary says the NFL STILL did the right thing in playing the season.
  • Bill O’Brien FIRED after leading (now 0-4) Houston to FOUR division titles in six years. Why not the same boldness from the LIONS?
  • With the NBA Finals possibly ending Friday, the boys look at the anatomy of WINNERS — versus LOSERS like the Pistons.
  • Steve Yzerman and the Wings selected a teenage Swede at the top of the NHL Draft Tuesday night. In Stevie Y we TRUST — so far.
  • Pro sports is a TOUGH biz indeed. Earlier in the day, Yzerman also had to make a big decision on a popular ex-MSU star.
  • Those stories, Bob has YOUR mailbag segment and much more coming up right here.

Episode 179: Will the REAL Detroit Lions Please Stand Up?!

Matt Prater

The broadcasters sounded very surprised they won.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain, and Fred Heumann filling in for Eli!

  • Praise for the Lions — from BOB? Yes! GUTSY win Sunday at AZ, though Denny and Fred AREN’T as impressed.
  • At 65, actor JEFF DANIELS REMAINS a Lions fan, according to Fox’s pre-game show. Bob wonders why, Denny says he KNOWS why.
  • And, boy, was Denny in a good mood today! His beloved Bears have apparently dumped his favorite whipping boy — at last.
  • The Tigers ended the short season 25-35, JUST as bad as last year at the same point. So are things STILL pointing down or UP?
  • But who’s gonna be the next manager of the Tigers? BOTH Bob and Fred pound the table, “Get A.J. NOW!”
  • The MLB Playoffs are here. OBVIOUSLY, the Yankees and Dodgers are going to the Series, right? WRONG say the boys.
  • Detroit’s own DJ LeMahieu becomes the first player in baseball’s modern era to win a batting title in each league!
  • The Stanley Cup Finals are about to wrap up while the NBA Playoffs are about to BEGIN. Denny predicts — huh?!
  • The Wings’ Stevie Y made a trade over the weekend. Bob claims he actually made a STEAL!
  • Big news from the ring. With boxing expert Eli not here, our OTHER expert, producer Brandon McAfee tells us about it.
  • And did you hear about the Michigan girl who — on the first swing of the first match of her high school golf career …?!
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and MUCH more coming up right here.