John Smoltz

Episode 156: Darn Right: He IS “THE MAN!” He’s Tom Izzo!

Tom Izzo

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

Hall of Fame, national title, even unofficial Mayor of Lansing. TOM IZZO joins us on his great career, COVID-19 and MORE!

  • After all MSU’s star recruits of late the question is if there’ll BE a basketball season this year. Or any OTHER season?!
  • Bob MAY be coming around to watching sports without fans — but still gives us an example of how it’ll suck anyway.
  • What’s left of The Palace of Auburn Hills to be torn down Saturday. Eli reflects on his many years covering the Pistons there.
  • “Children should be seen and not heard.” Two idiots in sports show us that some JOCKS should be seen and not heard!
  • When he’s not busy slamming the U.S. Colin Kaepernick likes it here just fine, thank you. The dough’s ROLLING in!
  • More pressure on the Redskins and Indians to change their nicknames, but the Blackhawks join the Braves in saying NO.
  • Ex-Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski is moving to Nashville in an attempt to bring MLB there. Denny LOVES it.
  • Eli has This Day in Sports, Bob has 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 148: How on EARTH Did Polo Do It?!

Dennis Polonich playing hockey for Detroit Red Wings

He had a huge heart.

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

  • Was he, pound for pound, the best fighter in NHL history? Ex-Red Wings fan fave DENNIS POLONICH joins the boys!
  • Eli fesses up: as a New Yawk guy, he LIKES hockey but just didn’t grow up with it. He likes most hockey players even more. 
  • The Tigers take slugger Spencer Torkelson #1 overall in the MLB draft. Bob cautions about getting TOO geeked.
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred: baseball WILL be back in 2020. Where he got THAT info, who knows? But Denny agrees.
  • NBA players are beginning to balk about resuming their season in Orlando with no family, no friends allowed to visit.
  • NASCAR has made the decision to ban Confederate flags at race events. But how will they enforce it?!
  • Allen Iverson just turned 45 this week and you can always count on Eli for some GREAT stories about A.I.
  • The PGA Tour is BACK! No fans, of course — and already some of golf’s biggest names are complaining about that.
  • Those stories, YOUR weekly Mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 147: He’s Multitalented and Multifaceted! He’s John Smoltz!

John Smoltz

Maybe I would have been the next Lawrence Welk. Who knows?

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

  • Ah, what might have been for JOHN SMOLTZ and the Tigers! The MLB Hall of Famer from Lansing is our guest!
  • Smoltzie just wants to be doing TV baseball again, but politics and demonstrations have taken over the sports world instead.
  • Will the NFL now let its players stage protests during the national anthem?! Bob wonders where THAT might lead.
  • For all you Caucasians, are YOU now “embarrassed to be a white person?” Don’t laugh! An NBA coaching star says HE is!
  • During a demonstration, what would happen if you caught a punk destroying your car? Well, YOU might be arrested!
  • Producer Brandon McAfee and the boys take a vote: would they watch a big game with no fans to cheer?
  • Ultimate Fighting Champ Conor McGregor retires — again. Eli and Denny yawn: “he’ll be back.”
  • Golf IS back and now you can even use a special cart with a partner (GASP!) — if you’re really THAT worried about COVID-19.
  • Wimbledon? Canceled! The U.S. Open? Probably not, but would it be worth watching without “The Big Three?”
  • Those stories, a listener wants to ask Denny’s questions FOR him on YOUR mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 132: YOU asked for him! You GOT Dan Petry!

Dan Petry pitching

The perfect gentlemen.

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

  • Great guy! Great guest! Ex-Tiger Dan Petry joins us to talk about HIS career, son Jeff’s NHL career and more!
  • What day is it? Who knows? Temper-temper! The boys get nasty again over their opposite thoughts on COVID-19.
  • Bob asks, “Is this woman a NUT?!” over Michigan Governor Whitmer’s shut-down of almost the entire state!
  • Why no GOLF?! In FLORIDA, pro wrestling has now been deemed an “essential business!”
  • Think it has to do with a Dem running Michigan and a Republican running Florida? Denny says NO. Bob says YES.
  • The NFL has it’s first Covid-19 diagnosis as MSU alum Brian Allen tests positive. He’s just fine, thank you.
  • What’s that, Mr. NFL player? You DON’T wanna play for the FL’S? Golly, why NOT?  
  • The moment we’ve all been waiting for: BASEBALL is underway again! Uh, in Taiwan AND with fake fans!
  • Long-time pilot Denny gives us his take on the disturbing new report re Roy Halladay’s plane-crash death.
  • Can U-M athletic director Warde Manuel survive his gaffe in the Wolverines’ own sex scandal? MSU redux?!
  • Eli tells us there’s trouble for Michigan basketball too. Juwan suddenly loses his top two recruits!  
  • Those stories, a rising NASCAR driver turns into a pariah, 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 85: Mr. McLain, Do You GAMBLE on Baseball?!

I had a great night with that home run!

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

  • So, does Denny still have such little respect for “Mercenary Max” Scherzer NOW? 
  • The boys wrap up the World Series and pull no punches about the umpiring and managing we saw.
  • And to think that Denny picked the Nats to win it all! Rest assured, he’s NOT too shy to mention that — or his BETS!
  • The FL’s go to Oakland to face the Raiders with a ONE-GAME win streak! Exciting! But Bob sez fans know what usually comes next.
  • Michigan and Michigan State have byes this Saturday. Well, the Wolverines, ya know, TECHNICALLY …
  • Meanwhile, the broken record keeps skipping: still MORE trouble for MSU off the field.
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan high school hoops superstar Emoni Bates has landed on the COVER of S.I. — at age 15! Too much, too soon?
  • Eli strikes out on the meaning of “load management” in sports. Oh, you too? You likely won’t be happy to learn what it is.
  • Boo-Hoo! The Pistons are under .500 cuz they have injuries. So how have the Raptors flown out of the gate without Kawhi?
  • Plus Gary McCord surprised, unhappy by his firing at CBS, we hear from YOU in our weekly mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 84: One of the Greatest Detroit Sports Stars EVER “Stars” with US!

Niklas Lidstrom Red Wings Jersey

And now…an author!

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

  • “The Perfect Human,” Nicklas Lidström himself, joins the boys to discuss his life and his amazing twenty years with the Detroit Red Wings!
  • Eli’s on a brief vacation but phones in — and, boy, is HE unhappy with Denny DESTROYING Max Scherzer!
  • In studio for Eli — and with hormones still raging at HIS age — Marc Fellhauer, whose interest in the Series Sunday was based on FOUR BIG things!
  • The always-awful FL’s manage a home victory over the now-awful New York Giants. The boys yawn, “BFD.”
  • What a SMACK DOWN Michigan laid on Notre Dame! Does this keep the heat off Harbaugh — for now?
  • Is the proverbial handwriting on the wall for Mark Dantonio? Bob gets a mass email and sez FOOTBALL remains the least of MSU’s problems.
  • TV is now playing a big role in the continuing explosion of sports gambling. But is this something it SHOULD be doing?
  • No matter what you read, the Wings lost an EIGHTH straight Sunday! Could Jeff Blashill be on his way out already?
  • Those stories, Fox’s awful coverage of the W.S., YOUR opinions on our weekly mailbag segment and much more right here!

Episode 83: Wow, 608 Career NHL Goals? Our Guest is Dino Ciccarelli!

Dino Ciccarelli's Jersey

“You want to score in the NHL” 

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

  • And now for our main event: Dino Ciccarelli vs Scotty Bowman! But that’s just ONE issue we’ll discuss with the ex-Wings star and HOFer.
  • The Nats are off to a 2-0 World Series lead and going home with — Anibal Sanchez on the mound?! All of Michigan thought he was DONE!
  • Is Jim Harbaugh heading back to the NFL? That COULD be based on what happens Saturday night against Notre Dame.
  • Meanwhile, MSU hosts Penn State with, as usual, bigger news made OFF the field: Malik McDowell pleads guilty to multiple charges.
  • It’s Denny’s FLs vs Bob’s New York Giants Sunday! Who ya got? Does it even matter at this point? Bob says YES! 
  • Andre Drummond and the Pistons looked sharp in their season opener. Will he leave in this, his walk year? Uh, wouldn’t YOU?
  • Eli says the NBA/China debacle will carry on a long time. But who was right and who was wrong in the brouhaha?  
  • The Wings started hot but have fallen FAST! Can Jeff Blashill bring them back — or is the team doomed as long as he’s the coach? 
  • Who knew Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman best? The boys argue as they dish stories of Al AND of Howard Cosell.
  • In YOUR Mailbag Segment, Denny responds to one of you by saying in essence, “That’s a LIE!” Those stories and much more right here!

Episode 53: If a Catcher Drops ANY Pitch — WHAT’S Gonna Happen?!

MLB Catcher catching wild pitch.

The rule is going to drastically alter the game if it’s adopted.

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

  • Our Dickie V interview: Your comments — while Bob comments on the college basketball corruption that Dick and others protect.
  • MLB commish Bowie Kuhn: “You claim that players KISSED on the Seattle team bus?! Incredible!” 
  • The legendary Jim Bouton of Ball Four has died.
  • MLB All Star Game and Fox’ TV coverage? Some loved it (Eli), some hated it (Bob). Either way, the ratings are way down.
  • C’mon, Denny! You REALLY don’t think baseballs are juiced this year? Many big-name MLB guys disagree with you.
  • With all the HUGE changes in baseball now, Denny brings up a proposed rule change that may have YOU apoplectic!
  • Oh. You’re already apoplectic over the possibility of another MLB strike or lockout? Denny and Bob are too, but Eli defends it.
  • Kawhi moves on, a disgrace for U-D basketball AND MSU football, plus much more right here!