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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 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 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 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 172: Shep: LIVIN’ THE DREAM!

Matt Shepard

It’s a blast…every single day.

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

  • So how do you get to be an MLB play-by-play announcer? Guest MATT SHEPARD had a VERY unusual path to the Tigers!
  • The sports world mourns the death of one of the greatest pitchers ever. The boys reminisce on Tom Terrific.
  • The Tigers’ win streak ended at six. With five games against the Twins now on tap, is this the season’s telling point?
  • Looks like Eli’s suddenly started to watch the NBA playoffs. He did NOT like what he saw from one game in particular.
  • Bob on the NHL Playoffs: Is the great Zdeno Chara finally finished at 43 — or just finished in Boston?
  • Get ready, gamblers! Denny has his pick on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby for you — NOT! 
  • Legal sports gambling rages on. Denny updates us on what the Cubs are doing — and WHAT’S that about MJ?!
  • Big Ten(14!) football after all? President Trump will want to take credit IF that occurs — but would he deserve to?
  • MSU’s Kirk Cousins raked over the coals by the media for his ideas about COVID-19! Denny and Eli to the rescue.
  • How much would YOU pay for a presence at FL’s games? “ZERO?” Producer Brandon McAfee sez $100 but he does have limits.
  • Eli with “This Day in Sports History,” Bob’s got YOUR mailbag segment and much more right here!

Episode 113: Is There No END to Embarrassment at MSU?!

Luke Fickell wearing headset

It’s just too messy a situation.

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

  • Pro Football HOFer HARRY CARSON joins the boys to discuss his career, Parcells, Belichick, his advocacy for player safety and more!
  • ANOTHER unmitigated DISASTER for Michigan State: “The Perfect Coach” for them sez, “thanks — but NO thanks.”
  • And that’s just part of a HOST of humiliating problems at Bob’s alma mater. Boy, does HE take it personally!
  • But wait, there’s more! On-court nightmares continue for MSU basketball with a loss at Michigan.
  • Is it the greatest rivalry in all of sports? Duke and North Carolina stage a show for the ages.
  • Andre Drummond out of the proverbial frying pan and INTO the fire of the Cadaverliers. What are the Pistons DOING?
  • The scandal that won’t go away: Denny with HIS thoughts on Hank Aaron’s thoughts on the Astros’ sign-stealing.
  • If we didn’t know better, we’d say that Eli actually sounds EXCITED about the XFL!
  • Are we BEGINNING to see some excitement about the Wings’ future? And how about that Bernier?!
  • If you can STAND it, Eli has another installment of “My Trip to the Bob Page Shrine.”
  • Denny was mentioned where last week? On WHAT show? Those stories, YOUR mailbag and 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 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 90: “Stand by Your Man?” MSU’s Keith Nichol DOES!

Keith Nichol in Michigan State Football Uniform

He’s done more for Michigan State football than anyone.

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

  • He produced arguably the greatest play in MSU history! That’s one reason why guest Keith Nichol is SO unhappy about The Game.
  • What a drubbing Michigan laid on Michigan State! Bob questions MSU’s second-half effort as the fallout rages on.
  • The FL’s choke another one away. Does Eli give too much credit to a local writer who FINALLY gets tough with them?
  • To make things even worse, Denny questions whether the oft-injured Matt Stafford will ever play again.
  • The “Colin Kaepernick Show” continued with a workout cum CIRCUS this weekend. The FL’S are down a QB … hmmm.
  • Former Tiger John Wockenfuss is battling dementia. He had a big role in the ’84 World Series — but wasn’t even on the team!
  • Ever hear of the 1983 movie “Tiger Town?” It’s back in the news and we’ll tell you why.
  • In YOUR mailbag segment: outrageous prices for sports events, FL’s fans vs Bob — and much more right here!

Episode 88: Jay Vincent’s “Long Strange Trip!”

Jay Vincent in MSU Spartan uniform

I wanted everyone to see what I went through.

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

  • From national champion to the NBA — to PRISON — and back:  ex-Michigan State star Jay Vincent joins the boys.
  • A special thanks to our servicemen and women on Veterans Day. How did Eli, Denny & Bob never serve, btw?
  • Former MSU and Lions wideout Charles Rogers is dead at 38! Shocked — but not really surprised? Us too. 
  • Ya know, the FL’s coulda won that game at Chicago. In fact, they SHOULDA won it and they WOULDA won it … (yawn)
  • Ohio State All-American Chase Young suspended by the NCAA — excuse us, for WHAT?!
  • Grapes’ Wrath (ouch) has him in hot water on Hockey Night in Canada. Is the end approaching now? 
  • Looks like the end of the Wings’ sad season may have been given a reprieve thanks to the latest Stevie Y deal.
  • Quick now! What major sports event was played Sunday? All three of the boys whiffed on this one!
  • More controversy in the Terrible Tigers’ front office. Is Al Avila at fault for THIS as well?
  • And were we too hard in our criticism of Clemson? THAT is in our mailbag segment plus much more right here!