Mark Fidrych

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 98: The Boys Put Lou Whitaker in a TALKATIVE Mood!

Lou Whitaker in Detroit Tigers uniform holding a bat on his shoulder

He hasn’t done any radio or TV interviews in a long time.

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

  • Sweet Lou Whitaker joins us! On not being in the HOF: “THEY didn’t see me play every day, THEY don’t know!” 
  • The Ford family meets with Jeff Bezos on selling the FL’s and Eli’s scoop makes lotsa news! Ah, if only …
  • Surprisingly, Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia will be back next year! Who’s running this FL circus anyway? Bob clues us in.
  • We’ve ALL waited so long — and now the bowl season is here! YOU won’t wanna miss a thrilling moment (wink, wink).
  • The Dead Wings just keep on losin’ — on AND off the ice as the Pistons simply LOSE.
  • Cassius Winston bounces back to lead the Spartans while Michigan gets ready for — uh, WHOM?!
  • A happy 85th to the great Al Kaline! Quick: what’s the first name that comes to mind when you hear “Detroit Tigers?”
  • Excited about new Tigers catcher Austin Romine? Bob explains why you shouldn’t be.
  • Drew Brees broke a big record in spectacular fashion. Eli sez Brady’s still the “GOAT.” Denny sez he ain’t!
  • Those stories, the weekly mailbag and much more — right here

Episode 45: Get Over It, Detroit! It Was a LONG Time Ago

Vintage photo of team of Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Champions 1935-1936
  • Will The Red Wings Ever Get back There?

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

  • The St. Louis Blues capture their first Stanley Cup — after 52 years of trying!
  • Had the Bruins won instead, would DETROIT’S sports legacy have been at risk? “What a bull**** story!” sez Bob.
  • The Russian Five author Keith Gave joins the boys with the incredible story of how the Wings stole “The Ovs.”
  • The NBA Finals have turned into a blame game about Kevin Durant’s injury. Ah, second-guessing!
  • From our weekly mailbag, how many players ever charged the mound when Denny was pitching?
  • JV continues to light up MLB at age 36. Golly gee, Mr. Avila, think you could use him NOW?
  • The U.S. Open underway, controversy over the U.S. women’s soccer team — and Tom Izzo as well?! 
  • It’s all right here!

Episode 39: Denny Brawls & Eli to be Exiled to the Isle of Lesbos?!

“Somebody threw a ball into the stands and injured a woman.”

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

  • OMG! Eli’s REALLY done it now!!! Will Denny and Bob suspend him from the show?!
  • Juwan Howard is IN at Michigan. What will it all mean immediately — and in five years?
  • The Ilitch family remains under fire for mishandling District Detroit. Is Chris Ilitch in over his head?
  • Magic versus — whom? — Rob Bleeping Pelinka? And WHO won that power struggle again?
  • “Gloria” propels the Blues to the Stanley Cup Finals. And don’t say Bob didn’t warn you about Dylan Larkin.
  • Tigers? UGH. The boys wanna talk about the ’68 Tigers instead and The Big Trade that was never made.
  • Those stories 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 35: Trips to the White House, Fine Dining in Jail? Denny’s Done It All!

As far as the White House goes, it is awesome. It makes no difference who the president is. 

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

  • The Tigers’ Matt  Boyd looks like a keeper — but does mad scientist Avila ever keep anybody.
  • Remember Mike Fiers? Just one more guy Al sent packing. Fiers, uh, spun a no-no this week.
  • Some of the Sawx just say “no-NO” to President Trump — and Denny rips ’em a new one.
  • More mealy-mouthed derriere-kissing from the FL’s front office.
  • The NBA Playoffs plod on with the sound of rims clanging — and drums pounding Kyrie out of Beantown.
  • A gourmet Thanksgiving feast in prison? That’s what you got if your name was Denny McLain!
  • Plus, two big controversies on the PGA Tour, Bob rips back as a couple fans rip him — and much more right here!

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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 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.