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Episode 137: The One and ONLY George Blaha!

George Blaha

An incredible career that started very modestly.
It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Denny McLain, and Bob Page!

He’s known all over Michigan and the NBA. For 44 years the voice of the Pistons. GEORGE BLAHA joins us today!

  • Will there BE an NBA season? The NFL says IT’S starting on time but, oh, the problems they’ll have!
  • Bob asks how owners will pay the MILLIONS they owe on guaranteed contracts with few fans and lower ticket prices.
  • ESPN’s latest episodes of “The Last Dance” expose more anger between MJ and Isiah.
  • Vegas has pitched a plan to finish the seasons for the major sports leagues. The response? Deafening silence!
  • But the odds ARE out for the FLs’ 2020 season. About as encouraging as news of their LATEST blown top draft pick.
  • MSU and U-M’s odds on winning a national championship this year? Understandable in East Lansing, HUMILIATING in Ann Arbor!
  • Meanwhile, what did Bo and Canham know — and when did they know it? Eli’s U-M sources have a LOT to say on the subject!
  • “So, Miss, I don’t know how to put this, but, uh, there’s something I’d like to ask you about your, um, physical endowments. May I?”
  • Those stories, a BIG thanks to all of you who are donating to the show, YOUR mailbag segment and much more right here!


Episode 136: Dave Bing, THIS is YOUR Life!

Dave Bing

Let’s refresh some people’s memories.

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

  • DAVE BING could have been INFAMOUS in Detroit sports instead of one of its most BELOVED figures. The Mayor joins us today!
  • So ya wanted Denny’s big MLB “scoop” he promised recently but never delivered? We’ve got it NOW — from another source!
  • MORE lawsuits involving alleged sex abuse at Michigan State, this time a big one against the NCAA itself.
  • It’s official: college sports’ “student-athletes” are now finally allowed to make money on outside endeavors!
  • Looks like Shea Patterson WON’T be making any money in the NFL. Details of his stunning fall from grace.
  • Quick now, Denny: if’n NASCAR come back, which good ol’ boy gonna win the CO-Cola 600? Denny: UH, who’s IN it?
  • Further ugliness from the Bulls-Pistons rivalry being displayed on ESPN. WHAT is Isaiah NOW claiming?!
  • A listener takes exception to Eli’s comments about Ernie Harwell. Eli defends himself — and Bob riffs on “the meaning of Ernie.”
  • Stevie Y signs two top young Swedish goalies. If STEVIE likes ’em, WE like ’em too. After all, can we FULLY trust Bernier?
  • Listen up, all you single gals out there! Guess who’s being BOMBARDED on a dating service now? Hint: NOT Eli. NOT Bob.
  • Those stories, YOUR weekly Mailbag segment  – soon to be SPONSORED by YOU? – and much more right here!

Episode 127: SO GREAT! SO What Happened?!

Drew Henson in U of M uniform holding a footback

Sports can very, very cruel.

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

  • And a happy (albeit belatedly) 76th birthday to Denny!
  • Hard to believe that maybe the BEST all-round athlete in Michigan HISTORY is now 40!
  • We’ll ask DREW HENSON about his two-sport career and WHY the former U-M QB never made it in the pros.
  • Eli and Bob, old pals, actually start YELLING at each other over – what else these days? COVID-19.
  • It’s OPENING DAY in Detroit! But instead of REAL baseball we have – huh? – a simulated game?
  • Sports still going on: soccer in a couple foreign nations. How many 1-nil matches so far? We’re STILL counting!  
  • Thank goodness the NFL Draft WILL happen. It’s giving fans and media pundits something to TALK about.
  • “The rich get richer.” In THIS case the old saw means Ohio State versus Michigan in football.
  • Jim Wynn and Curly Neal have died. Bob & Eli recall playing AGAINST Neal WITH the late Mark “Doc”Andrews.
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag and much more coming up here.

Episode 118: Haters Hate Mike Eruzione Now? WHY?

You can’t believe the calls I’ve had.

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

  • Team captain MIKE ERUZIONE joins us on the 40th anniversary of “The Miracle on Ice,” on the new MAGA controversy and more! 
  • Trevor Bauer tells HBO “Real Sports” WHAT? MLB pitchers are using PINE TAR on balls? Make Denny and Bob LAUGH!
  • Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson has a bad case of the “Tim Tebow Blues.” The boys scoff at THAT too.
  • The Astros are feeling the heat for their sign-stealing scandal — literally. Pitchers ARE hitting them now, but on purpose?
  • And what Tigers legend was responsible for a different sign-stealing scandal 60 years ago?
  • Eli tells us the comical story of Deontay Wilder and the REAL reason he just lost that big fight (yeah, RIGHT!).
  • The Spartans stage an impressive second-half comeback to beat Iowa as Izzo is chastened by one of his players.
  • A nice gesture by Juwan in hiring one U-M staffer who may be the best Michigan HS player you’ve likely never heard of.
  • Mercy, mercy me! Detroit-Mercy losing ON the court AND off now. But does anybody really care about the Titans anymore?
  • Stevie Y FINALLY lets us all in on The Plan. To celebrate, Denny heads to a HOCKEY GAME(?) with sponsor Luke Nowacki.
  • Eli salutes a great champion in retiring Maria Sharapova, PED scandal and all.
  • Free agency in big-time college sports is coming soon. Bob explains what a wild story THIS is gonna be!
  • And in the Mailbag segment, you DON’T “Knock the Rock. It’s all 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 111: Winners and Losers From the SB? WE Start With Denny!

Fist holding dollar bills with 50 yard line on football field in background

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

  • WHAT?! Denny didn’t watch the Super Bowl?! Well, at least he LISTENED to it — so he joins our big wrap-up anyway.
  • And what SB wrap-up would be complete without discussing the commercials AND the PG-13 halftime show? 
  • The Pro Football HOF announced its five new members over the weekend. What about the guys who did NOT make it?
  • And here Bob was relieved because football was FINALLY over? Denny and Eli say, “guess again!”
  • Michigan State basketball goes down to an average team it should have beaten. Was ONE player responsible?
  • Michigan gets an important win WITH Zavier back. Why was he suspended? Don’t ask the feckless Detroit sports media.
  • So you’re unhappy playing for Juwan? Why not jump to Izzo instead — and be in the lineup the very next season?!
  • The Pathetic Pistons pissing off their own coach now — and let’s be real about Sunday’s win over Denver.
  • Ex-Tiger fan-favorite/great-guy Curtis Granderson calls it a career — probably two years too late.
  • And how would another ex-Tiger fan favorite have fared in the current era of baseball? Don’t make Denny laugh!
  • THAT story’s in YOUR Mailbag segment, PLUS criticism of our Kobe coverage and much more right here.

Episode 48: Stanley Cup Savior– or Problematic Piston?

Composite photo of Steve Yzerman and Joe Dumars

I could tell you stuff that stand your hair on end.

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

  • Moritz Seider?! “In Stevie Y We Trust.” But Bob pounds the table: you don’t draft him THERE!
  • Could Yzerman someday become the next Dumars? Eli tells tales of how Joe D managed himself right outta town.
  • “The Vulture” is back at 82! But if he teaches the Mets pitchers what he once taught Denny, he won’t be “back” for long!
  • The locker room of the frustrated Mets blows up! Why not the pathetic Tigers’ yet? Stay tuned.
  • Of course, WITH JV and JD the Tigers would be anything BUT “pathetic.” Verlander rolls on!
  • And Pujols gets a huge welcome in St. Louis, proving that there must indeed be “better living through chemistry.”
  • Those stories and much more right here! 

Episode 47: “ET TU, BRUTE?” Er, C.C? More Hall of Fame Silliness from MLB.

Photograph of CC Sabathia in New York Yankees uniform pitching a ball.

Is he a lock for the Hall Of Fame? 

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

  • The NBA Draft is upon us and Bob claims Zion is the biggest “sure thing” since Shaq! What can the Pistons expect at #15? 
  • Meanwhile, the NHL Draft is Friday. Rest assured that Stevie Y WILL get a terrific player — or three.
  • Turns out Big Papi was shot due to “mistaken identity.” Denny calls “BS” and sez he’s stickin’ to HIS story!
  • Zimmermann gives up three runs in four innings in his first start since April. DR. McLain’s solution remains — BOWL!
  • Still another Baseball HOF controversy is now brewing. If JACK MORRIS is in, then why not others too?
  • Megan Rapinoe refuses to participate in the national anthem at the World Cup. Eli and Denny respond.
  • And black kids soon playing baseball in droves again? If so, Michigan coach Erik Bakich may have something to do with that!
  • Those stories and much more right here!

 

Episode 30: N-Bombs in Sports and the New P.C. World

Are we overreacting to political correctness?

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

  • The Pathetic Pistons are all but finished — and now is Andre Drummond finished in Detroit?
    Steve Yzerman is back and the feckless Motown media immediately genuflect and roll over.
  • Eli tells the inside story of how Stevie’s career in Detroit was almost derailed.
    And Denny tells a wild story about one of sports’ greatest heroes! Could it actually be true? 
  • Is super-agent Scott Boras now Nick’s escape from Detroit Tigers hell?
  • Is Miggy’s early-season slump partly due to his off-field problems? 
  • Plus, the latest sacrifice on the altar of the P.C. crowd, pitching tips from Denny, Bob on nil-nil thrills and much more!
 

Episode 27: Challenging the Good Ol’ Boys at Augusta!

Nothing televises better than golf on TV.

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

  • The Masters might be underway but neither Eli nor Denny should ever be allowed on the August National again! How DARE they?!
  • And how DARE the defending champion’s own family?!
  • Magic shocks the basketball world! Why did he really quit and why did he want that Lakers job in the first place?
  • His long-time buddy and former teammate, Greg Kelser, joins the boys with his thoughts about Magic and other basketball issues.
  • Meanwhile, MSU football’s chartered trip to Minneapolis to see Izzo’s gang in the Final Four was totally legal — uh, right? 
  • Bullpens are exploding all over baseball so far — and Craig Kimbrel is still sitting at home? The boys think they know why.
  • Those stories, Denny somehow officially ruled SANE — and much more right here