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Episode 191: DOWN from “Mt. Rushmore” and ONTO Our Show!

Mike (Doc) Emrick

Congratulations on a career well lived.

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

  • The greatest hockey announcer EVER? Many say that about the personable MIKE “DOC” EMERICK, our guest today!
  • But who’s interviewin’ whom? Michigan resident Doc has plenty of questions for Denny about the ’68 Tigers.
  • Eli’s U-M sources report that it’s all over for Jim Harbaugh. The proverbial “mutual decision” to come at year’s end.
  • After the humiliation at Iowa, Bob asks why, among hundreds of coaches, MSU was so bent on hiring Mel Tucker.
  • State won’t get any help this week against Indiana — at least not from Eli, who’s jumpin’ on the Hoosier bandwagon!
  • How much will new manager A.J. Hinch mean to the Tigers — and what about his coaching hires of the weekend?
  • The Lions go belly-up again. Let the LATEST five-year rebuilding program begin! But with (gulp!) Sheila Hamp Ford guiding it?
  • The Masters in NOVEMBER? It starts this week! Eli and Denny guarantee the biggest current name in golf will NOT win.
  • And a Red Wings favorite says a classy good-bye with a thank-you note to Detroit and his home state.
  • Those stories, Eli has his “This Day in Sports History,” Bob has YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 190: Jim Miller and All Things FOOTBALL!

Jim Miller in Michigan State football uniform

We want to hear all about it.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain and Fred Huemann filling in for Eli Zaret!

  • What a football journey JIM MILLER has been on! The ex-MSU and NFL quarterback cum star radio commentator joins us.
  • Fred’s Central Michigan alma mater leads the MAC pack BACK on national TV. Season ON! Finally.
  • Game OFF. Wisconsin-Purdue a COVID cancelation. Will the Badgers be healthy enough in time for Michigan?
  • Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence ALSO a “COVID cancelation” — and at the worst possible time for fans.
  • Bob wonders if Saturday’s tilt at Indiana is a must-win for Jim Harbaugh and his future in Ann Arbor.
  • Rocky Lombardi goes home to Iowa for a tough game against the Hawkeyes as Michigan State mysteries continue.
  • Hard to choose just ONE “Crummy Game of the Week” in the NFL but the Lions at Minnesota is in the mix!
  • Whatever happened to the glory days of Detroit’s hard-hitting sports media? LONG gone now, to be sure.
  • “Never complain, never explain” was the mantra of Henry Ford II and NOW of a famous ex-college football coach too.
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more all coming up right here!

 

Episode 187: WOW! What a World Series!

Photo from 2020 World Serie

All five games have been great!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain — and Lary Sorensen sitting in for Eli!

  • If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it …? No matter the ratings, MLB is on FIRE!
  • Has there EVER, in HISTORY, been a better, more entertaining baseball game than Saturday night’s?!
  • Yet Denny and Lary, BOTH ex-big leaguers, decry pitching’s new maxims — and its lack of fundamentals.
  • Is MLB’s rules committee planning to take action against one of the game’s other big changes?
  • “Ya know, the Lions coulda won that game at Atlanta, and they SHOULDA won that …” OMG! WAIT! They DID win!
  • Michigan State did NOT win Saturday, a fact not lost on MSU alumnus Bob who unleashes an EPIC RANT!
  • Bob’s even a little concerned about Michigan after its victory at Minnesota, though NO worries for M THIS week.
  • Don’t athletes have the same right to privacy we ALL should? Lary comments on a brouhaha with the New York Giants.
  • Tigers fans didn’t know his name, but sure knew his face. Bill Fundaro — AND an MSU great in our necrology.
  • Those stories, the sad tale of Peter Norman in YOUR Mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 115: Denny Deals — to KALINE and FREEHAN!

Denny McLain

I had a lot a fun pitching against those guys.

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

  • More on MSU’s Mel Mess! DENVER POST COLUMNIST SEAN KEELER joins the boys to discuss some hard feelings out west.
  • Two other top stories rage on as well: the Astros’ sign-stealing and Kobe’s tragic death.
  • MSU basketball’s problems continue and now Eli wonders how a certain Spartan star makes money for his young family.
  • He’s RICH, one HELLUVA college basketball coach and a really good guy. So why are many feeling sorry for John Beilein?
  • Michigan roundball’s going well again — but how ’bout them Wolverines on the DIAMOND!
  • Baseball’s Tony Fernandez is dead at 57. What a career he had, as older Tigers fans certainly remember.
  • Denny’s memory is indeed clear! Bob confirms his tales of trouble with Boog Powell. Whom did Denny OWN?
  • Minor League baseball players got a raise. Eli and Denny debate whether the bump is enough.
  • Bob calls out Jeff Blashill and the Wings — AGAIN. Simply put: no guts, no glory.
  • In YOUR Mailbag, producer Brandon McAfee is a HERO. He MUST be for putting up with US! Those stories and more right here

 

Episode 114: Jason “Rooftop” Thompson: My Life in Baseball

Jason Thompson batting

The old guys call me Rooftop, the younger kids have no idea who I am!

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

  • JASON THOMPSON joins the boys who ask why Sparky got rid of him, what it was like to be part of “Birdmania” and much more!
  • Mel Tucker is the new MSU football coach. You say Michigan media people were SOFT on this story? WE will NOT be!
  • Ah, those “student-athletes.” Two football players banished from Ohio State over rape allegations!
  • Is MLB going to update its playoff format to 14 teams — and pick your OWN opponent?! Denny has an alternative.
  • The Astros’ sign-stealing is still making folks angry — and Denny’s even angrier about Pete Rose asking back in. 
  • Are the FL’s really going to trade Matthew Stafford? How much could they get for him at this point?
  • Eli says the Pistons are worth a BILLION dollars more than Tom Gores paid for them! Bob explains why he REALLY wanted the team.
  • “Screaming” Tom Izzo MAY have righted his sinking ship with a big win at Illinois.
  • But don’t blame Northwestern for losing to Michigan’s basketball team. The Mildcats do things the right way.
  • Those stories, Denny McLain, golf hustler as part of YOUR mailbag segment plus 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 112: Another Embarrassing Mess at Moo U!

Mark Dantanio

None of this would have happened except for Curtis Blackwell.

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

  • Eli checks into “Chateau Page” while on vacation in West Palm Beach — and starts DISHIN’! 
  • There are now only two things that smell like dead fish: 1) Dead fish and 2) Michigan State University. 
  • Mark Dantonio is out! But what really happened? And more importantly, what or WHO now?
  • Has Mookie Betts changed MLB’s landscape? What are the Dodgers’ chances now to win the Series? The TIGERS’ chances? LOL!
  • Pete Rose petitions to be reinstated to baseball. Hear what Pete told the boys about his HOF chances on one of our past shows.
  • Remember Ozzie Virgil? Denny played with the Tigers’ first black player in ’63. Bob tells of a big honor for Ozzie, still alive at 87.
  • Michigan and Michigan State face off on Saturday in Ann Arbor. Who knew the game would be this critical?
  • Mt. Izzo has erupted AGAIN — and this time the volatile Spartans coach has managed to alienate even Eli and Denny.
  • The Dead Wings have lost nine straight (who’s counting?), but Bob singles out a bright spot in the midst of this disaster. 
  • Eli seems SUPER-pumped for — WHAT?! The XFL?! He even explains the new rules. Oh, boy.
  • THOSE stories, a brilliant POEM in YOUR Mailbag segment and much more right here.

Episode 91: The Life of an NFL kicker? Jason Hanson Tells All!

It starts with the snap.

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

  • Kickers are ALWAYS the best — interviews! You’ll hear that for yourself as ex-Lions’ star Jason Hanson joins the boys.
  • The FL’s play the Crummy Game of the Week vs. the PUTRID Redskins featuring TWO bungling owners, a man and WOMAN each.
  • LA and Baltimore have a key MNF matchup but a former Raven ain’t gonna help his new team! Eli and Denny are surprised.
  • College football: Bob repeats his prediction for the Michigan-Michigan State game: Michigan will ALSO “kill” Indiana!
  • And are you ready for The Big One? It’s MSU at mighty Rutgers! As usual, Mark Dantonio himself overshadows all.
  • DEATH threats to college players! Do a few nut-jobs take these games, played by mere kids, too seriously? DUH.
  • The winningest coach in Wings’ history, Mike Babcock, FIRED in Toronto! A case of history repeating itself?
  • The Pistons’ Don Casey embattled as well! Is HE to blame for the team’s pathetic lack of effort?
  • Kalamazoo’s own Derek Jeter and 18 others debut on the Hall of Fame ballot. Is it finally Sweet Lou’s time?
  • On YOUR Mailbag segment: “Dammit, take a chill pill, Eli!” Those stories 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!