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Episode 40: The Zen of Bill Buckner: Different Strokes for TWO Different Folks

This is a Oct. 25, 1986, black and white photo of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner during the 1986 World Series vs. the New York Mets.

A career comes down to one play.

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

  • Buckner’s untimely demise hits home with Eli, who waxes poetic on what Bill’s life was really all about. 
  • Meanwhile, Denny GOT waxed gambling on “The Buckner Game” in prison. He lost WHAT?!
  • The sports world has also lost Bart Starr, unleashing a wave of nostalgia from the boys.
  • The Tigers say they’ve “bolstered” their bullpen — but lotsa seats are empty in Comerica. Is it Casey Mize time?
  • MSU lands a new president AND a hot-shot player for Izzo.
  • Uh, and btw, where’s Juwan been lately?
  • Bob rants on the bogus “Michigan Sports Hall of Fame” and on creeping “hip-hopism” in sports.
  • Those stories, controversy over the upcoming Detroit Grand Prix and much more right here! 

Episode 37: As the Tigers’ “Tree Falls in the Woods” Is Anyone Left to Hear It?

There’s no illusion that these games are important.

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

  • JV returns to Comerica and is greeted by — one big yawn. Have Al Avila and the Tigers totally alienated their fan base?
  • Denny and Eli talk about a certain Tigers fan who remains front and center in the news.
    Three Blind Mice? How about FOUR Blind Mice in the NHL playoffs?
  • Eli’s favorite coach messes up in the NBA playoffs. Will it be more of the same in Game 2?
  • “The Biggest Loser” in the NBA draft Lottery? Bob’s answer may surprise you.
  • The “Detroit Lions East” a laughing stock again, but two local yokels from Detroit shout the story down. Guess who?
  • Tiger seeks another storybook ending at the PGA this weekend.
  • And The Boss may be rolling over in his grave over the story too stupid to die. 
  • Those stories and more right here

Episode 26: Non-Calls are the Worst Calls

Michigan State runs into a buzz saw.

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

  • Michigan State’s out — but should Virginia be IN? 
  • The boys’ take on that big no-call — and other blown calls in sports history.
  • With the NCAA title game Monday, should Duke have even been in the tourney? 
  • What did Coach K know and when did he know it?
  • Or should Zion Williamson’s mother have been paid anyway? Should Zion?
  • A friend of Eli’s thinks he has a workable plan to settle the issue — and end all the alleged cheating in college basketball.
  • The Tigers are in first place! But they still have to pass “The Eli Zaret Litmus Test.” Bob explains.
  • The Pistons are hanging on to a playoff spot by a thread. Better off missing the postseason and getting into the lottery?
  • And who was better, Aaron — or Willie Mays, the man Denny burned in the 1966 All Star Game?
  • Those stories and much more right here!

Episode 23: Former Tigers Great Gets Paid to Pop Off — But Is It Working?

Those clicks you heard were television sets going off all over the state.

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

  • Michigan CHOKES in the NCAA Tournament! At least that’s what Denny charges. 
  • Though they might lose Friday to “the best team money can buy,” “choke” is not part of Tom Izzo’s vocabulary.
  • The Tigers with an opening win in Toronto. BFD — it’s one of 162 and Zimmerman was good for one day… or will the team really be better than most people think?
  • Jack Morris proves one thing on-air in HIS opening day outing: talk about “No Filter!!!”
  • The streaky Pistons continue to puzzle while Bob says the future for their LCA cohorts is bright.
  • And is Detroit finally about to get its own professional football franchise?
  • Those stories 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!
 

Episode 20: Racism and Anti-Semitism Soiling Sports

The game was rendered meaningless

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

  • What a game! State bests Michigan again — but suffers anyway thanks to the biggest fraud team in college basketball.
  • Denny takes LeBron James to task with some very tough talk — and Bob takes Denny to task right back.
  • Undaunted, Denny then destroys Tim Tebow — and Bob and Eli pay Denny back in spades!
  • Shep and Gibby as the Tigers’ new broadcast team? They may already have us missing Mario Impemba.
  • Racism and anti-semitism at sports events: how much should fans be allowed to say?
  • And a listener email actually suggests we’re “too mean” to the Bleeping Lions. Boo hoo.
  • Those stories and much more next!

Episode 19: College Admissions Scandal? The College Basketball Scandal is Worse!

The bottom line is, they are an average to below average team.

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

  • Woof-woof! Are the once-again Pathetic Pistons throwing in the towel?
  • What? Most NFL free agents don’t want to join the Bleeping Lions? Golly-gee, what a shock.
  • Wither Steve Yzerman? Is he really the answer for the Wings?
  • MLB rule changes have Denny up in arms — but Bob asks, “if it ain’t broke, why try to fix it?!”
  • Eli implicates himself in the college admissions scandal! And Denny tried the same trick — but failed — as Bob sez the college basketball scandal is a bigger disgrace.
  • OBJ & Le’Veon Bell reactions while Denny attacks Antonio Brown — and much more coming up right here!
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Episode 17: The Big 13 (Plus Rutgers): UGH!

Who the hell cares about Maryland and Rutgers?

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

  • Bob rails against The Big 13+Rutgers with the title on the line Saturday night in East Lansing. But does the game mean as much with the bogus conference tournament just days later?
  • Are the surging Pistons for real? We may find out this weekend.
  • LeBron passes Jordan as the boys riff on the NBA’s GOAT — and an ex-Piston who may be one of the league’s biggest jerks ever!
  • Did Denny secure the 1968 World Series Championship by injuring this former star?
  • He and Bob really duke it out over Kaline versus Miggy and even Harwell versus Kell while Eli rips a current Tigers announcer to pieces.
  • Plus, are the Lions about to sign the best defensive player you’ve probably never heard of?
  • Those stories and more right here

Episode 15: New Yawk Days With Howard Cosell and Others

Mike Ilitch wouldn’t put up with this, period.

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

  • Today, the boys reminisce about ABC Radio days with Howard Cosell and company.

  • Bob says it’s time for a big change with the struggling Detroit Red Wings.
  • Denny demands payment from deadbeats Rollie Fingers and Kenny Holtzman — again.
  • Could Al Avila actually have been right?! Or will it be as awful a year for the Tigers as expected?
  • Plus, Johnny Manziel BANNED from the CFL, famous coaches acting like crazy Little League parents, “Saint Sharon,” and much more.

Episode 14: Three Old Fools Wipe Egg Off Each Other’s Faces!

Don’t be surprised if Michigan wins at East Lansing.

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

  • Today on the show listen as three old fools wipe egg off each other’s faces after Michigan State’s stunning win at Michigan.
  • Why on earth would Robert Kraft have even been in a massage parlor to begin with?!
  • The boys battle over reefer! Was Denny a pothead too?
  • Are Wings and Pistons fans among the most spoiled in the country — or just trying not to be ripped off?
  • Often curmudgeonly Al Kaline: what kind of guy and teammate was he really?
  • Plus, big jerks in baseball, three Yankees spout off on the Confederacy — and much more!