Jim Nantz

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 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 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 153: NFL MUST Go On — but with Eric Hipple’s Solution?

Eric Hipple in Lions uniform holding a football

I’m going to be controversial. Quarantine and isolate. You don’t have to see your family during the season.

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

  • QB ERIC HIPPLE had it bad enough just PLAYING for the Lions, but what he suffered after was MUCH worse. Eric guests!
  • Eli and Denny spent their weekends watching – what else? – GOLF. They seem okay with its current state. Bob’s NOT.
  • The NBA playing in empty arenas and now with P.C. social messages on the backs of unis?! Had enough of pro basketball yet?
  • The FANS, the FANS! Bob says there are no sports and no sports media without YOU — so why play ANY games this year?
  • Even as Bill Belichick pays up for cheating — AGAIN — he brilliantly delivers what COULD be a big blow to other teams.
  • What does M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E spell? “THE NHL!” The league’s idiotic draft set-up screws the Red Wings.
  • Johnny Manziel has put football behind him: “I just want to be happy for the rest of my life.” WE have a suggestion!
  • More CRAZINESS everywhere. Kansas State’s football team boycotts; says THEY will control who’s enrolled at the university.
  • Statues being illegally torn down or replaced. How far will it go? Two American ICONS may be next — for very different reasons.
  • Eli provides “This Day in Sports History,” Bob rolls out YOUR Mailbag and much more — right here!

Episode 149: The GREAT Rod Carew

Rod Carew at bat

No easy out.

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

  • Baseball Hall of Famer ROD CAREW joins the boys to talk about his amazing career, amazing new HEART & more!
  • So Jim Nantz began Saturday’s PGA telecast with a tribute to George Floyd? Bob asks where the Tour’s BEEN all these years!
  • Is Rob Manfred going to save MLB’s season by FORCING the players and owners to (finally) get started?
  • The NBA has a plan to come back, but Kyrie Irving says it SHOULDN’T until “Black Lives Matter” is accomplished!
  • No word from the NHL on its restart as one star coach asks how an NFL comeback’s possible with “social distancing.”
  • What if Gibby’s World Series homers had been played in EMPTY STADIUMS?! Eli on board with Bob: there MUST be fans!
  • ESPN’s doc on the steroid-laden 1998 home-run race premieres. Why are McGuire & Bonds welcome in MLB but not Sosa?
  • Mr. Z always has terrific stories about Allen Iverson who just turned 45. You won’t believe what happens when he turns 55!
  • What happened 55 YEARS ago? Denny: ROD CAREW broke in? Uh, NO, Denny! He finally got the answer.
  • Those stories, YOUR Mailbag segment and much 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.

Episode 52: The One and Only Dick Vitale, BAY-bee!

Illustrated portrait of Dick Vitale

He’s a basketball motivational evangelist.

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

  • The boys welcome to the show their old buddy, Dickie V! And he opens up about his life as you’ve probably never heard before.
  • A contract extension for Al Avila? Why on earth NOW?! Bob wonders if Chris Ilitch is fit to run the Detroit Tigers.
  • Miggy, Gardy, now Nick (and Cowboy West?!): Everybody’s upset these days as even opponent broadcast crews laugh at the Tigers’ mess.
  • MLB hits the all-star break with more controversy:  a BIG home plate collision leads Denny on a rant and Bob to make a suggestion.
  • Yep, sure is great that the U.S. women won the World Cup Soccer Tourney, but Eli begs for some perspective — please!
  • And NFL labor negotiations are on tap throughout July. Is a strike or a lockout inevitable next year? Maybe not.
  • Those stores and much more right here!

Episode 28: TIGER IS BACK — AND THE BOYS GOT LOTS TO SAY ABOUT IT!!!

It’s not a sports story, it’s a cultural phenomenon.

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

  • An amazing golf phenomenon, true, but Tiger Woods may be a bigger cultural phenomenon, as Eli explains.
  • And Denny says WHAT? His ’68 Detroit Tigers were a better comeback story?!
    The Pistons begin their playoff humiliation, even leaving the TNT guys rolling in the aisles.
  • Is Michigan State now becoming the butt of national ridicule? Perhaps — and Bob will tell you why.
  • How are the Tigers doing these days? One short quote from an ex-New York Knicks star says it all.
  • Those stories and much more coming right up!

Episode 24: Stories? We Got Stories: Mantle, Joe D, Aaron and More!

This was as good an NCAA Tournament game as you’ll ever see.

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

  • MSU and the “new” Izzo power to the Final Four with a stirring win over Duke — and Denny said the tourney was OVER last week?!
  • All the Tigers’ starting pitchers had strong outings at Toronto in a 2-2 series split but Denny and Eli slam the broadcasts.
  • George Kell predicted over twenty years ago that Bob would never see another baseball strike. Oh, REALLY?
  • With the Yankees on tap for the Tigers we talk about drinking with Mantle and dealing with Joe D.
  • The future looks bright for the Red Wings following a fifth straight win. As if either Eli or Denny give a hoot about hockey. Bob shames them!
  • Those stories, plus Hank Aaron, Tiger, Fed and much more right here!

Episode 21: Will the REAL Tom Izzo Please Stand Up!

It was somewhere between unbecoming and reprehensible.

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

  • The NCAA Tournament is in FULL FORCE!!! And Mt. Izzo’s LATEST eruption is reverberating around the entire country — NOT in a good way. 
  • Michigan moves on easily, but did we have to be subjected to “Hollerin” Harlan on BOTH the State and Michigan games?
  • We have breaking news today: throwing and catching the baseball is important! We heard it on a Tigers broadcast! Film at 11:00!
  • Denny, Eli and Bob spout off on Mike Trout’s MONSTER 12-year, $430 million dollar contract and the ego-tripping billionaires who are writing all these ridiculous checks.
  • What’s it really like to do TV sports in New Yawk? YOU try to deal with the likes of Phil Esposito! Those stories and much more right here!