Michigan State

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 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 25: PAYING the “Student-Athletes:” The Boys Really Duke It Out!

Tom Izzo desperately wants to be considered an elite coach.

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

  • Michigan State readies for a possible national title! But can they beat Texas Tech? And will Tom be on his best behavior — or not?
  • Former Detroit News columnist, Detroit 97.1 radio talk show host and MSU reporter Terry Foster joins the guys with his thoughts.
  • Meanwhile, the topic of paying college athletes roars on and leads to a fiery debate among Eli, Denny and Bob.
  • It’s the home-opening series of the year for the Tigers. Denny remembers a really crappy — uh, literally — Tigers opening day of his own!
  • Other MLB topics? Ron Darling pops off — but is he lying? The $300-million man punks out.
  • The wives of Eli and Denny speak out.
  • Should the Wings really “Lose for Hughes?” Might the Pistons do better to lose — period?
    Those stories and much more — right here!

Episode 24: Stories? We Got Stories: Mantle, Joe D, Aaron and More!

This was as good an NCAA Tournament game as you’ll ever see.

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

  • MSU and the “new” Izzo power to the Final Four with a stirring win over Duke — and Denny said the tourney was OVER last week?!
  • All the Tigers’ starting pitchers had strong outings at Toronto in a 2-2 series split but Denny and Eli slam the broadcasts.
  • George Kell predicted over twenty years ago that Bob would never see another baseball strike. Oh, REALLY?
  • With the Yankees on tap for the Tigers we talk about drinking with Mantle and dealing with Joe D.
  • The future looks bright for the Red Wings following a fifth straight win. As if either Eli or Denny give a hoot about hockey. Bob shames them!
  • Those stories, plus Hank Aaron, Tiger, Fed 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 22: Eli, Denny and a Listener Ask, “What Is Bob Smokin’?!”

We should move on to another subject…this tournament is over.

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

  • Denny is back from a big sports convention in Florida where he and his buddy Bobby Hull had starring roles — portraying Denny McLain and Bobby Hull.
  • They call it “March Madness” for a reason, folks. Duke somehow escapes elimination while Michigan and Michigan State move on — with Tom suddenly on his best behavior!
  • The Pistons have faltered and are now only two games from falling out of the playoffs, even losing to the disgraceful Golden State Warriors — yes, “disgraceful.”
  • A listener wants to know “What is Page smokin’?” when it comes to the Tigers — and Eli and Denny ask Bob the same question.
  • Rob Gronkowski calls it quits at 29. Why did the “Lovable Meathead” do it and where is his place among the greatest tight ends in NFL history?
  • Plus, is one of the Wings’ top young players finally waking up? More p.c. lunacy in sports 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 18: So Ya Really Wanna Be a Sportscaster?!

Let’s see how they do in the bogus, made-for-TV tournament.

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

  • Incredible! They choked under pressure again! No, not Michigan — Eli and Bob!
  • MSU’s Draymond Green is up to his old tricks. Have the Warriors finally had enough?
  • The Red Wings’ Jimmy Devellano to Bob: “We have a bad club.” Is Stevie Y riding to the rescue?
  • MLB to test some moronic changes to baseball.
  • Why did the Lions make the move they did? Because they’re the (Bleeping) Lions, that’s why.
  • So, ya REALLY wanna be a sportscaster?
  • Fox goes after ESPN’s GameDay.
  • Denny continues to dump on Miggy while offering some sage advice for young pitchers — and much more right here!

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 16: Remembering Ted Lindsay (and more)

Vintage illustration of Ted Lindsay in Red Wings uniform

When he played, he was special.

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

  • Remembering Ted Lindsay — and what caused his disagreements with Gordie.
  • Eli and Bob stubbornly agree: Michigan State is still done! Michigan is another matter.
  • HOW much are people paying for Denny’s autograph while he’s in Lakeland?!
  • Ah, if only BOB and some of the old guard had been at Chris Ilitch’s NON-news conference there.
  • The boys attack Tigers present — and recall ghosts of Tigers past.
  • Plus, Bob goes off bimbos in sports broadcasting and much more right here.