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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 105: FOOTBALL? Where Do We START Today?!

Lamar Jackson playing football

Let’s not start there…

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

  • Not embarrassed ENOUGH yet, Spartan Nation? Bob unloads on his alma mater after a Detroit News expose on MSU football.
  • He, uh, is none too happy with MSU basketball’s humiliating display at Purdue either.
  • The boys recap a WILD Sunday in the NFL playoffs and get into a near screaming match about Saturday night’s game!
  • ESPN wants to steal Tony Romo, Eli and Russell Wilson, a Dearborn PIONEER, a former “student-athlete” speaks — or TRIES to!
  • SO many football stories and, oh, btw, there ALSO is the matter of a little football game being played Monday night.
  • Sir Charles himself to the rescue of John Beilein, though nobody could quite rescue John’s ex-team on Sunday.
  • The P.C. Posse riding herd over sports too. When do nicknames, logos and mascots NEED to be changed? And when NOT?
  • What was it like to actually go to a game at the legendary shrines of The Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field? ELI knows firsthand!
  • And what was it like to know a man who broke into MLB in 1909 — with the Brooklyn SUPERBAS?! DENNY has that answer!
  • Those stories, YOUR weekly mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 99: Ray Scott: I Could NEVER Coach in Today’s NBA!

Ray Scott in Piston's uniform

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

  • The NBA a “BUSH LEAGUE?!” It sure WAS and a man who lived the era, ex-Piston Ray Scott, joins us to talk about it all.
  • Yep, the FL’s lost again, but now FL’s ADDICTS are EXCITED about a high draft pick! Bob sez they’ll just blow it anyway.
  • What is the best football broadcast team YOU’VE ever heard? We’ll tell you about OUR pick.
  • Would Urban Meyer really coach the Cowboys? Simple question/answer? NO, as Eli and Denny gang up on Bob AGAIN! 
  • Denny and Bob even duke it out on baseball’s new computer umpiring. Mr. McLain seems to be singing a new tune.
  • The Tigers have a couple new free-agent signees but the question persists: does Al Avila have a CLUE what he’s doing?
  • Super-agent Scott Boras is now guaranteed a cool $50 million for this past MONTH! His CLIENTS signed for a BILLION!
  • Trouble for Minor League Baseball? There’ll be trouble for ALL if MLB puts more than 40 MiLB teams out of business!
  • If you’re a basketball fan you likely watch the NBA — but millions AREN’T. Would an in-season tourney aid TV ratings?
  • Those stories, the Dead Wings with their “Coach for Life,” YOUR weekly mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 87: A Stroll Down Memory Lane with Alan Trammell!

Alan Trammell at bat

Father time is undefeated.

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

  • New HOF member Alan Trammell does a GREAT job with the boys! His life in baseball, the ’84 Tigers, Magnum P.I.: It’s all here, folks.
  • The latest HOF candidates and state of the HOF? A wild melee suddenly breaks out with Eli and Denny dumping on Bob — who dumps right back!
  • Computer umpiring in MLB was also part of that. Denny sticks to his guns — just as he surely would have about horseless carriages in 1906.
  • Is there ANYTHING interesting about the FL’s vs da Bears? YES! For whom will Denny root Sunday? “We” or his own hometown team?
  • Michigan’s off Saturday but the focus does NOT turn to Michigan State. Even Spartan fans may bail on MSU-Illinois. Alabama v LSU is at the same time!
  • Bob strolls over to Madison Square Garden two nights in a row and isn’t happy with what he sees: MSU goes down and the Wings ARE down — horribly.
  • U-M basketball? ANOTHER near nightmare in Ann Arbor against those big meanies from Appalachian State! Juwan’s got a lot to learn.
  • You’ll hear about Denny’s fascinating old side gig on our mailbag segment AND about an UNUSUAL biz plan he and Jim Northrup once concocted!
  • Eli answers Bob’s bemused question: “What the HELL does a chicken sandwich have to do with SPORTS?!” 
    Those stories and much more right here!

Episode 86: Bobby Hull: It Was the Biggest Disappointment of My Life

Bobby Hull in Blackhawks uniform

Something happened that those of us who saw it will never, ever forget.

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

  • The Golden Jet himself, Bobby Hull, joins the boys to discuss his amazing life in hockey, rivalries with Howe and other all-time greats and much MORE!
  • If it’s Monday it must be time for “Bob Page’s Lions Lament!” Bob sez, “Ya know, the FL’s coulda won that game at Oakland and they SHOULDA … and they WOULDA …!”
  • Now that woeful Maryland’s been disposed of, the FUN starts for Michigan: Michigan State and Ohio State are in clear view up the road.
  • NO fun for MSU these days, though. What ELSE can go wrong, you ask? Spartan fans already KNOW the answer.
  • So, from now on it’s all about Michigan State BASKETBALL as the top-ranked team in America readies for #2 Kentucky!
  • Does Tom Izzo’s 5-8 son Steven (1.5 points per game in high school) really deserve a spot on the Spartans’ roster? Eli and Denny say “NO!”.
  • Stephen Strasburg decides to opt out of his contract with a World Championship team — to make even HUGER bucks.
  • “What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?!” Will Red Wings’ coach Jeff Blashill soon learn the painful answer?
  • The Pistons are holding their own — thanks to the great play of Andre Drummond. But what happens when he LEAVES after this season?
  • Those stories, RIP Al Bianchi, we feature YOU on our weekly mailbag and look ahead at our next show with Tiger great Alan Trammell — 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 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 82: Razor Sharp at 79! Mike Lucci pulls NO punches!

A very savvy, sage, and one of the most amazing Lions of all time.

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

  • REALLY, what the HELL has been wrong with the FL’s?! Ex-Lions star Mike Lucci vents about that, NFL officiating & MUCH more!
  • Now, the same question — as it pertains to Michigan. Its “finest hour?!” Has Harbaugh gone NUTS? Will he be back next year?
  • MSU’s Captain Kirk and his Vikings embarrass the FL’s at Ford Field. Was it “easy” for the Vikes? One player predicted it would be!
  • The Amazing Altuve is off to the World Series as the Astros host Washington Tuesday. Bob tells the story of how he GOT to Houston.
  • Eli reports that MLB is negotiating a proposal to eliminate 40 minor league teams. Mr. McLain is not happy.
  • The NBA’s new season kicks off with what’s NOW a dud! We explain while previewing the league AND the Pistons for you.
  • Meanwhile, the Wings have come crashing down with four straight losses. The less famous Hughes brother hopes it’s FIVE.
  • And did you hear yet? Bob Page is a “RACIST!”
  • Those stories, our weekly comments from YOU on our mailbag segment and more right here

Episode 74: Wayne Fontes REALLY Opens Up About his Lions Years!

I’ve never burned a bridge.

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

  • He’s rarely been back to Detroit and doesn’t do interviews — but he did with us!  Ex-Lions coach Wayne Fontes has a LOT to say.
  • The smackdown of Jim Harbaugh rages on — and won’t get any easier for him on THIS program!
  • If ONLY Michigan had players like Michigan State’s Joe Bachie — whom they didn’t even recruit.
  • But Bob wonders: what’s a good MSU story like Saturday’s win at Northwestern without still more controversy?
  • The FL’s author a stunning victory at Philly! And now it’s on to the Super Bowl — right, you FL’s diehards?
  • Denny goes to a Tigers’ game — and his wallet won’t be the same for weeks! A full accounting coming up.
  • He RIPS Joe Madden, the manager of his own beloved Cubbies, yet somehow defends Derek Jeter’s woeful Marlins?!
  • Now on a ROLL (or maybe just in a BAD mood?) Denny claims MIGGY is dogging it.
  • The boys decry the continued abuse of Detroit, Eli now helping NFL fantasy players and the Cincinnati, uh, GREENS? 
  • Those stories and more right here.

Episode 73: That’s the Problem, Mr. Gibson — YOU’VE Got the Money!

He’s Entitled!

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

  • Michigan at Wisconsin: if the Wolverines lose, is the season over for all intents and purposes? Denny thinks so.
  • And could Harbaugh’s stay in Ann Arbor soon be over too? Whatever, Eli talks about what Jim has REALLY meant to the U-M!
  • Wanna see that game AND MSU’s game? You CAN’T — thanks to some idiots at The Big 13 + Rutgers office!
  • Antonio Brown steals a page from “The Book of Gibby:” creditors are pissed at AB cuz HE’S got the money!
  • The Eli Manning Era looks like it’s coming to a close as rookie QB Daniel Jones takes the Giants’ helm. Is Eli a TRUE Hall of Famer?
  • RIP long-time Tigers’ coach Alex Grammas. The boys reminisce about Sparky and all his bo-bos.
  • Denny McLain a BS artist?! No way — uh, right, gang? With a little help, Bob catches him in the act!
  • Eli with Wings’ defenseman Mike Green:  the Wings COULD make the playoffs.
  • Those stories, how to win (maybe!) at NFL gambling, “Big Brother” Saban, VENMO(?) and much more right here.