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Episode 138: NOLAN and FRANK — Oh, MY!!!

Collage of Frank Tanana baseball cards

The best 1-2 punch since Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.

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

  • From booze and broads in L.A. to “rebirth” in his hometown, Detroit’s own FRANK TANANA is our guest!
  • As they used to say: VCR ALERT!!! A THREE-HOUR TV special JUST on the new NFL sked! (Yippee)
  • There ARE certain pro sports underway in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Desperate enough yet to watch them?
  • Michigan and Michigan State football: Who needs EITHER? — as one famous coach seems to be implying.
  • Eli has more on the sex abuse scandal at U-M. A listener asks, “How is a ‘retired’ sports reporter scooping the CURRENT media?!”
  • Pete Rose selfish and reckless for still signing at sport shows? Bob says “B.S.!” Pete corked his bats? DENNY says “BFD!”
  • Eli has a confession: he actually listens to local sports radio “guy-talk!” But he still makes fun of it.
  • NBA issues: WHEN it returns there may be a big drop-off in play AND is K.D. still paid $$$$ if his Nets are not ALLOWED to play?
  • Will ESPN’s “Last Dance” NEVER end?! NOW we go from EVERYONE hating on Isiah to Sir Charles and M.J. hating on each other.
  • Bob details how and why Giants quarterback Phil Simms said an emphatic “NO!” to playing golf with Michael.
  • Eli said “YES!” to HIS golf game with comedian Tim Allen. THOSE stories, YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 131: SELL! No, BUY! Whither YOUR Dough?

A person's finger touching a button on a screen

I don’t think we’ll ever have an opportunity like this again.

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

  • Stand by for our big Masters recap! NOT. It WOULD have concluded Sunday but the sports world remains on hold.
  • Are the NBA and NHL playoffs about to be played soon anyway? Is the start to the MLB season?
  • Sports-starved Eli and Denny say THEY’LL watch! Bob says he WON’T; not in empty arenas and stadiums.
  • So what are SOME watching NOW? TV shows for Eli and Denny.  H-O-R-S-E with famous basketball players on national TV?!
  • Seems like Tom Brady and his agents are looking to trademark half of Tampa! Distasteful? Greedy?
  • Drew Brees has just been recruited again — but not by Purdue. Are TV sports execs crazy? WAIT. Don’t answer that.
  • RIP Doug Sanders, Glenn Beckert, Colby Cave, Tarvaris Jackson, Tom Webster, Pat Stapleton and Stirling Moss.
  • MONEY talk — YOUR money! Sponsor Luke Nowacki offers some suggestions on what you might want to do now.
  • Meanwhile, many of you have graciously offered to donate to our show in the past. We have an announcement to make.
  • In YOUR mailbag this week: ANGER at “leftist” Eli, other media people POACHING us(?!), an Al Kaline controversy
  • And it’s all coming up for you right here!

Episode 130: AL KALINE 1934-2020

Young Al Kaline in uniform

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

‘They’ve got their blankies, their pacifiers and they’re quivering under their beds in fear! NO! Not from COVID-19!

  • Fox Sports Detroit and owner Sinclair Broadcasting are afraid of the BOYS and what they MIGHT ask Dan Petry!
  • No Peaches? No prob. Who better to talk about the death of Al Kaline than great buddy and teammate Denny McLain?
  • Been watching those MLB rebroadcasts of the ’68 Series? WE have too. Denny relives some of it with us.
  • Oh, and the Tigers’ legendary pitching opponent in that long-ago Fall Classic has some good news.
  • So the MLB is secretly planning a May start-up? REALLY? Bob wants to know WHICH “May” that is: 2022?
  • The battle rages on about Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John. NECESSARY surgery or not? Denny SEEMS to change his tune.
  • So Melo thinks he would have won MULTIPLE NBA titles if the Pistons had drafted him?! Eli’s got some thoughts on THAT. 
  • A big makeover continues for Michigan basketball. Wuzzup with all THIS, Juwan?
  • The newest sports P.C. contro won’t go away. African-Americans ‘n Mississippuh? ALWAYS combustible.
  • No Mailbag last week? OUTRAGEOUS! It was NOT the fault of Eli, on his best behavior for a LONG one today
  • Those stories and much more right here.

Episode 119: Ex-Tiger Makes Good on HIS “Plan B!”

Detroit Tiger Jon Warden

We welcome him as the professional comedian he is!

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

  • You’re a young MLB pitcher but you hurt your arm and suddenly have to retire! Oh, no! What now?
  • Denny’s ’68 Tigers teammate JON WARDEN became a comedian/banquet speaker and leaves us laughing in the aisles.
  • What a weird basketball season it’s been for U-M and MSU. Now that it’s March, guess which one is peaking at the right time?
  • To make matters worse for Michigan, the Zavier Simpson police report is out — and it’s not pretty.
  • The Palace of Auburn Hills is coming down. Eli waxes sentimental, though DENNY didn’t when Tiger Stadium was razed.
  • Bob rips the “Keystone Cops” of spring training and says it looks like Miggy has lost his reflexes.
  • Denny broke what all-time MLB record? How much does he remember about that? Well, it WAS a long time ago.
  • What in Sam Hill is ol’ Garth doin’ in a Bernie Sanders shirt up there in DEE-troit?! It jes ain’t right!
  • Tony Romo makes his decision: NO to ESPN, YES to CBS — at $17 mill a year! Does that money for an announcer make sense?
  • Plus, Meeting Maria and more in YOUR mailbag segment. It’s all 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 79: Comin’ Up ROSE-y as Charlie Hustle Joins the Boys!

The Hit King Joins No Filter Sports

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

  • PETE ROSE with us for a frank and wide-ranging interview — but one of his predictions sure was a stinker!
  • Bob’s in Detroit and went to see LCA, the Wings, Pistons AND to learn who’s listening to us — and who’s not YET.
  • Wild stuff in MLB’s Playoffs! WE bust it down and Denny busts it UP by slamming a NUMBER of participants!
  • More P.C. insanity in sports, from the Braves wussing out to SOME NBA-types following suit!
  • With another college football weekend here, MSU’s problems are more OFF the field than ON at Wisconsin.
  • Should Michigan revamp its offense for mere Illinois or WAIT for the Penn State game? We have a DISAGREEMENT here.
  • Meanwhile, a different kind of controversy’s going on in Happy Valley. The coach handles it; Eli and Bob are STILL pissed!
  • It’s the Mystics versus the Sun for all the marbles tonight! Uh, WHO? And for what “marbles?” 
  • And Denny was working WHERE? Doing WHAT?! Those stories and much more coming up right here.

Episode 76: TWO Questions You KNOW You’ve Wanted to Ask Eli and Denny

Did it take Denny more or less than 100 days to gain 100 pounds, and What happened to Eli in New York?

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

  • Now that nearly EVERYONE in Detroit is excited the FL’s are OBVIOUSLY going to the playoffs, Denny says WHAT?! 
  • Even more hostility than usual in the NFL: Rex vs Baker, Vontaze vs Goodell, AB vs EVERYBODY — but who WOULDN’T wanna choke OBJ?!
  • Denny claims he doesn’t see all the raw talent Michigan has? Ask Chris Ash, FIRED Sunday as Rutgers coach after that 52-0 route.
  • Was MSU exposed in a too-narrow win over Indiana? Bob says so — and that this Saturday night in Columbus might be UGLY.
  • Great! The Toothless Tigers have quickly righted their sunken ship! They’ve hired a LOT more analytics people!
  • Among other issues, what on earth are they going to do about woeful Jordan Zimmermann? That’s among LOTSA stuff in our mailbag.
  • The boys look towards the MLB playoffs now and aren’t happy about the set-up.
  • And two questions YOU want answered: Why does Lolich hate Denny so much? And what happened in Eli’s brief TV foray into NYC? 
  • All these stories — and much more for you — 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.

Episode 72: STILL Watching the NFL? A LOT of People Aren’t!

Meme of NFL referee throwing yellow flag

It’s Gotten To The Point Where There’s So Much Wrong With This League

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

  • Top NFL stars droppin’ like proverbial flies with no end in sight! Are YOU losing interest?
  • And how about ALL those penalties, horrible no-calls and other blown officials’ decisions? Had enough yet?
  • The FL’s DON’T choke — Michigan State DOES and makes it even worse with so much whining!
  • Eli says he now is hearing rumblings that Mark Dantonio may hang it up at the end of the season. 
  • Michigan was off Saturday but EASTERN Michigan was ON! What a win for coach Chris Creighton at Illinois! Can EMU keep him?
  • Chris Ilitch is HAPPY with the “progress” of the Toothless Tigers — despite 100+ losses and being the laughing stock of MLB?! 
  • Shades of Al Avila: looks like Gardy will be back next year — but why a contract extension NOW?
  • What? Dylan Larkin is NOT going to be the Wings’ captain? Eli thinks he understands the reason.
  • Those stories, more Denny Tales plus Eli under attack in our Mailbag (!) and much more — right here.

Episode 63: What DOESN’T Ex-QB Scott Mitchell Have a Great Take On?!

He’s Smarter Than Most NFL Coaches.

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

  • Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell has so many interesting things to say on the show that we can’t even highlight just one or two! 
  • A common-sense solution to Brady and AB clashing with the NFL over their helmets? The league SHOULD have looked to the NHL.
  • Giants and former FL’s wideout Golden Tate to sue over being suspended 4 games? For taking a fertility drug? 
  • Who says the “arrogant asses” are just SOME Michigan grads? Once AGAIN, THE Ohio State University bests the Wolverines!
  • Stealing signs — in the Little League World Series?! Denny’s REALLY on his soapbox about THIS one!
  • You say you’re sick and tired of the Toothless Tigers? We are too, so we’ll TRY not to talk TOO much about them.
  • From our always-full mailbag: Mickey Lolich a GUEST on our show? Denny & Eli do some ‘splainin’.
  • And Bob asks, ” It’s WHAT night — in WHERE?!” Denny, uh, explains that too.
  • Those stories, how you can “rate” our show and much more right here!