Fred Heumann

Episode 207: INSIDE the Jim Harbaugh Deal

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

  • As Ohio State and Alabama go at it for the national title, WE look into a local college football story:
  • The Jim Harbaugh contract extension. U-M reporter/podcaster Michael Spath takes us behind the scenes!
  • A big football gambler? Or just nothing better to do during the pandemic? You REALLY watched ALL those playoff games?
  • If the former Cleveland Clowns can get to the NFL post-season, can the LIONS be far behind? 
  • Bob provides a primer on how NOT to run an NFL team via a franchise even worse than the FL’s!
  • The Pistons are off to a brutal start, but Tom Gores worry? He’s about to make more billions on PAY TOILETS!
  • Yes, we all were outraged over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, yet the NBA’s chief KNUCKLEHEAD is taking it too far.
  • And speaking of “knuckleheads,” how about James Harden and what one NBA all-time great said about HIM?
  • It’s a Big Week in the Big 14! At least for Michigan and Michigan State. The boys sing Juwan’s praises.
  • Tigers fans say “good riddance” to two guys who’ve tormented them in recent years.
  • While Denny says good-bye to Tommy LaSorda AND comments on MLB’s new pitching scandal.
  • Those stories, the Red Wings are BACK, YOUR mailbag and much more — right here!

Episode 200: Tom Seabron: A Winner at U-M AND in LIFE!

Tom Seaborn

I would never start off in life to be number two.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain & Lary Sorensen in for Eli.

  • WOW, our 200th show! We thank YOU listeners and our sponsors for all your great support.
  • “Student-athletes” in big-time college sports? They DO exist. Wait’ll you hear our guest, U-M football’s TOM SEABRON.
  • Amazing that there will be NO Michigan-Ohio State game this year as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc.
  • Yet Harbaugh’s U-M future — or lack of same — overshadowed “The Game.”  Would he CHOOSE to leave as a failure?
  • Could COVID stop the entire college basketball season? MSU-Virginia one of the latest big games called off. 
  • Will YOU get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available in the U.S.? The boys weigh in.
  • Houston Rockets superstar James Harden now needs to pass SIX STRAIGHT COVID tests or the NBA won’t let him play!
  • Harden seems somehow unhappy making $38 million a year. Denny and Lary, uh, made a little less in THEIR careers.
  • Miami Heat star Tyler Herro isn’t worried about money, he’s worried teams are picking on him — cuz he’s WHITE!
  • Some 90% of all college football head coaches are also white — is that FAIR in a game with a majority of black players?
  • RIP Dick Allen. Denny STILL remembers MONSTER homers Allen hit off HIM! But should Dick be in the Hall of Fame?
  • We’ve got those stories, Bob’s got YOUR mailbag and much more —  right here!

Episode 198: Two-Sport Star — to Superstar COACH!

Thomas Wilcher

But we know him best as a running back for Bo.

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

  • One of the great athletes in Michigan high school history is now one of its great MENTORS: our guest, THOMAS WILCHER.
  • OUTRAGEOUS! How DARE Herbie claim Harbaugh doesn’t want to play Ohio State! But, uh, DOES he? Really?
  • A Wednesday afternoon NFL game? The boys agree: an abomination in damn near every sense.
  • And now COVID-19 begins another reign of sports terror: the NBA says 48 players just got it!
  • So you think nothing excites curmudgeonly Bob? Just ask him about Michigan State basketball this year.
  • Denny’s excited about his beloved Bears’ “Polish kid” versus the Lions, then gets the word: Trubisky is NOT Polish.  
  • Dennis Dale McLain — JEWISH?! Oy, who knew?! He’s FULL of surprises today:
  • Teddy Ballgame once said WHAT to him? Denny in a fistfight with a teammate in the Tigers’ locker room? 
  • A 27-year-old former World Series hero is on the open market “CHEAP.” Should the Tigers grab him?
  • Fred knows whom HE wants to see the Tigers sign. Bob AND Denny: “Fuhgettaboutit!”
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 197: Blind Faith: Do Long-Suffering Lions Fans Have a CHOICE?

They were starting to mention guys already…
 

Welcome to No Filter Sports Podcast with “The Original Three:” Eli Zaret, Denny McLain and Bob Page!

  • As a young Johnny Carson asked on his 1950’s TV show every week: “Who Do You Trust?” SURELY not Sheila and Rod?!
  • Whom WILL the duo hire as new Lions general manager? Former star wideout Herman Moore pounds the table for an ex-teammate.
  • Too late to make our show taping today: Michigan football “paused” due to COVID-19! Frankly, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
  • While Penn State provided the LATEST embarrassment for U-M, MSU is riding high — at least until (gulp!) the Bucks hit town this week.
  • And Ohio State NEEDS to play this game in the midst of a veritable SEA of nationwide COVID cancellations.
  • Golf wackos Eli and Denny, of COURSE, watched the Phil/Steph/Peyton/Barkley extravaganza, but non-wacko Bob has a question about Sir Charles.
  • WHAT “wackos” watched Saturday night’s Mike Tyson-Roy Jones abomination? WE’VE got TWO of ’em right here on the show!
  • Tom Izzo and Coach K ready to rumble again! IF MSU is as AWESOME as it was against Notre Dame Saturday who can beat them?
  • The Pistons make an announcement that would have been UNTHINKABLE anywhere in sports just a few years ago.
  • Eli fears his “This Day in Sports” is hitting a wall. Bob has YOUR mailbag — and we’ve got much more right here!

Episode 192: SO Close at Augusta — Yet SO FAR!

Dan Pohl golfing

Not to be!

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

  • It’s Masters week — in NOVEMBER! Ah, 2020. But we’ve got a GREAT guest to talk about it: Michigan’s own DAN POHL.
  • Was Danny the best golfer the state ever produced? With The Mitten’s weather, the list sure ain’t long but we’ll take a look.
  • Ohio State’s Urban Meyer as head coach of (gulp!) The University of MICHIGAN? Get outta here!
  • The 0-9 laughing stock New York Jets in the playoffs? Get outta here! The LIONS could still make it too.
  • Old pals Lary and Bob have a BIG, uh, “discussion” about MONEY in baseball.
  • J.T. Realmuto, George Springer and DJ LeMahieu have all REJECTED $18.9 million for 2021. Could any land in Detroit?
  • Chris Fetter HAS landed in Detroit as Tigers’ pitching coach. It’s Lary against his boyhood idol, Denny McLain, on THAT one. 
  • Could a student be admitted to the University of Michigan, let alone survive academically, without PERFECT English fluency?
  • That issue is part of a red-hot battle that may soon turn U-M vs MSU basketball into the NEW Duke-Carolina.
  • And a horrible tragedy in the sports world leads us to reexamine one of the wildest college bowl games ever played.
  • We’ve got those stories, YOUR mailbag and much for you — right here!

Episode 187: WOW! What a World Series!

Photo from 2020 World Serie

All five games have been great!

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

  • If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it …? No matter the ratings, MLB is on FIRE!
  • Has there EVER, in HISTORY, been a better, more entertaining baseball game than Saturday night’s?!
  • Yet Denny and Lary, BOTH ex-big leaguers, decry pitching’s new maxims — and its lack of fundamentals.
  • Is MLB’s rules committee planning to take action against one of the game’s other big changes?
  • “Ya know, the Lions coulda won that game at Atlanta, and they SHOULDA won that …” OMG! WAIT! They DID win!
  • Michigan State did NOT win Saturday, a fact not lost on MSU alumnus Bob who unleashes an EPIC RANT!
  • Bob’s even a little concerned about Michigan after its victory at Minnesota, though NO worries for M THIS week.
  • Don’t athletes have the same right to privacy we ALL should? Lary comments on a brouhaha with the New York Giants.
  • Tigers fans didn’t know his name, but sure knew his face. Bill Fundaro — AND an MSU great in our necrology.
  • Those stories, the sad tale of Peter Norman in YOUR Mailbag and much more 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.

Episode 169: DEXTER BUSSEY in the Battle of His LIFE!

Dexter Bussey

Typical Dexter Bussey: No complaints

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

  • One of the most popular Lions in memory, DEXTER BUSSEY, joins the boys on his career, unusual POST-career — AND his health! 
  • You’ll hear the voice of legendary sportscaster Bob Reynolds on Dex. WHAT? Never heard of BOB REYNOLDS?! It’s NOT all pretty. 
  • Not only did the Tigers actually win a GAME against Cleveland, they won the weekend series!  
  • Now what? Does Al Avila go for broke or does he start trading guys for more “prospects” – SUSPECTS – at the deadline? 
  • The PC Posse continues its takeover of sports, UNLESS, as Bob points out, you’re a black NBA player making a racist comment. 
  • And to think of Mike Milbury being “canceled” for a totally innocuous statement — whether YOU like him as a commentator or not. 
  • Resident golf mavens Eli and Denny go NUTS over what Dustin Johnson did last weekend! Does Koepka eat humble pie? 
  • Did they just hold one of the greatest events of the sports world in veritable secrecy?! Almost seems that way! 
  • Denny may not like it, but one NFL team now says there WILL be fans at ITS home games this year. 
  • Those stories, Eli with “This Day in Sports,” Bob with YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 145: The Remarkable Life of Trixie!

Dick Tracewski in a Tigers uniform

He wore the Tigers uniform fo 28 years…more than anyone in team history.

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

  • The man who wore a Tigers uni longer than any? DICK TRACEWSKI — also Koufax’s roommate in L.A. — is our guest!
  • What NOW for MLB? Well, the post-season’s probably gonna be FRIGID! IF they DO play.
  • Minor League Baseball in a HEAP of trouble but one Florida club has a unique way of making money now anyway!
  • The NBA and NHL resuming? Eli asks how many even care about sports anymore, especially with all the trouble in the U.S.  
  • COVID-19 talk is everywhere and one of the NHL’s top young star’s career may be in jeopardy due to the pandemic.
  • No caddies allowed on the LPGA? MLS at war over when and if it can start playing soccer again? Yet the coast MAY be nearly clear.
  • For instance, Korean MLB could serve as a model for baseball to return. It’s had no outbreaks since resuming play.
  • LOOK! Denny is now ready for 1967 to begin — JUST in time for 2020 as he asks Eli for advice about (GASP!) marijuana!  
  • Detroiter Brad Keselowski has won his second straight NASCAR race. Denny recalls interviewing him when Brad was THREE!
  • How do you go through $44 million and wind up broke? Ask baseball’s Esteban Loaiza AND Mike Tyson among others!
  • Watching the Lance Armstrong doc on ESPN these days? Bob: He’s a lying SOB. NO! Eli to Bob: Aren’t you being a hypocrite?
  • A silly fan’s suggestion in YOUR Mailbag to (GULP!) get rid of BOB and hire — SERIOUSLY?!  Those stories and more right here!

Episode 135: “Local Boy Makes GOOD?” Makes BIG STAR!

Gus Johnson

On his way up he did all kinds of things!

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

  • Did you know that national play-by-play star Gus Johnson is from Detroit AND was a great athlete in his own right? Gus Guests!
  • Meanwhile, Denny suddenly reveals a STUNNER about one of the most beloved play-by-play men in HISTORY!
  • Larry Adderley has died. Bob’s ex-colleague at WXYZ-TV a victim of Alzheimer’s — as is ANOTHER top Detroit sportscaster.
  • Can’t ANYONE stop these bull-bleep NFL post-draft analyses? NOBODY KNOWS who had a good or bad draft! We’ll talk in FIVE YEARS!
  • The ESPN coverage itself is a BIG part of the problem. But we all watched, didn’t we? Did you like what YOU saw?
  • What does your high school kid need to gain entrance to prestigious Tulane? A damn good jump shot! We explain.
  • “The Last Dance” episodes 3 and 4 aired over the weekend featuring the Bulls vs Pistons 88′ – 91′. Had enough Rodman YET?
  • Denny tells of once facing the hardest-throwing pitcher who ever LIVED! RIP Steve Dalkowski.
  • Good news! He also says there may be hope for a legendary Tigers World Series opponent whom we’d THOUGHT to be dying.
  • Those stories, Eli — WHAT?! — uptight about YOUR Mailbag and much more right here.