Nicholas Castellanos

Episode 164: The Amazing Baseball Odyssey of Jim Essian

Jim Essian wearing A's hat

Crisscrossing America for 17 years!

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

  • Just say “no” — to BO?! To ARA? To DUFFY?! How one of Detroit’s greatest all-around athletes, JIM ESSIAN, did it! 
  • The PGA Championship is underway! With NO fans —  AND with Eli asking a good question about two top stars.
  • While MLB is a mess, the NHL and NBA “bubbles” seem to be working. But hockey and basketball in AUGUST?  
  • And Bob sez, “C’mon, how much does ‘Black Lives Matter’ REALLY mean in the NHL?”
  • Imagine! College football players to coaches: “Here’s a list of demands or we’re not playin’!” THIS is happening NOW.
  • Why this CRAZY Big Ten schedule!? M v OSU in OCTOBER? Producers Brandon McAfee and Marc Fellhauer think THEY know. 
  • Kelly Stafford is furious at the NFL for Matt’s false-positive COVID test. Have OTHER testing mistakes been made?
  • Is our P.C. society SO nuts that a coach can’t even QUOTE someone dropping an “N-Bomb?” Black players USE it!
  • We MUST support local journalism in our free country. But Bob wonders how much we’re willing to PAY to do so.
  • Those stories, “This Day in Sports,” a tribute to Denny in YOUR Mailbag — and much more right here!

Episode 163: MISTER MICHIGAN: Brandy himself!

Jim Brandstatter broadcasting for U of M

A very timely guest!

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

  • What did Bo know and when did he know it? Just one of MANY topics for us with U-M football voice JIM BRANDSTATTER!
  • So why would Bo allegedly allow sexual abuse by his own team doctor to go on? Eli’s sources have an explosive theory!
  • How could Michigan lose a five-star tackle from right under their noses? The kid’s own father wants to know that too.
  • Seven-inning games?! Eli’s so upset with MLB’s silliness he cries, “START THE DAMN GAME IN THE THIRD INNING THEN!”
  • And now MLB is one-sixth through its season. Not weird enough? As of Monday the Tigers would be in the playoffs!
  • Long-time sportscaster Jamie Samuelsen has died at just 48, joining a host of Detroit media members already gone too soon.
  • Denny’s got figures on the NFL players who’ve opted out of the season. Bob asks again, “didn’t anybody PLAN for this?”
  • The NBA is back! NHL too! Both leagues started off with showy Black Lives Matter displays. Has BLM gone too far now?
  • Bob with a bold prediction for Michigan State basketball, which just went through a VERY eventful week.
  • Those stories, “This Day in Sports,” YOUR mailbag segment and much more coming up right here!

Episode 110: He Played in SIX Super Bowls?!

Mike Lodish in Buffalo Bills uniform

If it has to do with X’s and O’s, I know it all!

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

  • It’s Super Bowl time, gang. Detroiter Mike Lodish played in SIX of them! He joins the boys to discuss his life in football.
  • Richard Sherman wanted nothing to do with the FL’S and their money. Now the 49ers star is IN the Super Bowl.  
  • Predictions? Denny and Eli disagree. Our Brandon McAfee even picks the SB score! Bob either has no guts or is just SMART.
  • The Kobe Bryant death has exploded almost beyond belief, surprising Eli and Denny. Bob tells WHY the story’s so big.
  • Neon Deion has some harsh words for the MLB and NFL Halls of Fame — and he’s RIGHT.
  • Spencer Dinwiddie? Just another guy dealt away for nothing who returns to haunt the Pathetic Pistons.
  • HOW much jewelry did Airhead Allen have in the hotel room where it was stolen? WHAT?! Eli on crazy times with A.I.
  • Denny continues to dump on Michigan basketball! Bob wonders if Denny really knows what’s going on.
  • ANOTHER bonehead decision by the Empty Suits who run TV sports!
  • And ANOTHER “Thank you, Marvin Miller” story, plus YOUR mailbag as well as much more right here

Episode 109: Chris Spielman: A Football Life

Chris Spielman playing in Lions uniform

In A Violent Game, Spielman Stood Out as One of the Fiercest

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

  • With The Super Bowl almost here, ex-Ohio State and Lions star Chris Spielman is our guest on the show!
  • BOB, at least, remains in shock following the death of Kobe Bryant. Eli and Denny? Slightly different story.
  • A longtime private pilot, Denny takes us through what may have happened with the doomed helicopter.
  • Did you know Kobe was almost a Piston? We explain — while Eli says the current Pistons need to start tanking NOW!
  • MSU basketball stock? UP, despite a tough loss at Indiana. Michigan’s? DOWN. Eli’s pessimistic. Bob is  NOT.
  • Castellanos signs a big free-agent deal with Cincy. And YOU thought the Tigers smart enough to bring Nick back?!
  • Yes, the SB is indeed finally upon us. Excited? Or have you had WAY too much football at this point?
  • HUH? ANOTHER SB was played this past weekend? We explain why it was kinda like the blind leading the blind!
  • Zion Williamson getting unusual medical treatment from the Pelicans. Eli has those details.
  • Simona WHO? Is she one of those “big girls” who DO cry? Meanwhile, Tiger is back. What does it mean for golf?
  • And 2019 MIGHT not have been the worst year for Detroit sports after all. THAT’S in YOUR mailbag plus more right here.

 

Episode 103: Cash ‘n Cousins: MSU WOWS on the Weekend!

Cassius Winston and Kirk Cousins

They’re young men, and they get excited.

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

  • Don’t you worry, gang — it’s baaaaack! Though YOUR weekly mailbag never actually went away.
  • NFL Playoffs? SO much to talk about from “Private” Kirk to Brady & Brees failing to — what else? — controversial officiating.
  • Off the field Jerry finally makes a decision to bleep or get off the pot! Could Lions legend Joe Schmidt have coached for him?
  • U-M loses two more KEY players though they’re may not be ready for the NFL. A sign of unhappiness with Harbaugh?
  • Michigan State humiliates Michigan AGAIN. Eli’s already asking, “Is Juwan too nice a guy?” Bob: “Just you WAIT!”
  • The Pathetic Pistons reach a new nadir: TWENTY of their shots blocked in a single game! 
  • The PP’s are still not as awful as the Red Wings, who’ve now lost 20 of their last 23! Bob has a FULL report.
  • Yet Denny argues from experience that the young Wings will NOT be ruined by this horrendous losing.
  • Oh — and he’s really not happy about the cancellation of TigerFest this winter! 
  • Those stories and much more coming up right here!

Episode 74: Wayne Fontes REALLY Opens Up About his Lions Years!

I’ve never burned a bridge.

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

  • He’s rarely been back to Detroit and doesn’t do interviews — but he did with us!  Ex-Lions coach Wayne Fontes has a LOT to say.
  • The smackdown of Jim Harbaugh rages on — and won’t get any easier for him on THIS program!
  • If ONLY Michigan had players like Michigan State’s Joe Bachie — whom they didn’t even recruit.
  • But Bob wonders: what’s a good MSU story like Saturday’s win at Northwestern without still more controversy?
  • The FL’s author a stunning victory at Philly! And now it’s on to the Super Bowl — right, you FL’s diehards?
  • Denny goes to a Tigers’ game — and his wallet won’t be the same for weeks! A full accounting coming up.
  • He RIPS Joe Madden, the manager of his own beloved Cubbies, yet somehow defends Derek Jeter’s woeful Marlins?!
  • Now on a ROLL (or maybe just in a BAD mood?) Denny claims MIGGY is dogging it.
  • The boys decry the continued abuse of Detroit, Eli now helping NFL fantasy players and the Cincinnati, uh, GREENS? 
  • Those stories and more right here.

Episode 70: Wanna Win ALL Your NFL bets? Have WE Got a tip for YOU!

They Put The Point Spread And The Over-Under Right On The Screen

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

  • Even Denny has now adopted Bob’s moniker. HE’S finally had enough of the pathetic FL’s too!
  • The Antonio Brown fiasco has ended — we think. Tom Brady wants to babysit him at his home! But would it work?
  • If Michigan has to go to double OT to beat Army at home, (GULP!) what’s gonna happen AT Wisconsin in two weeks?
  • Big win for Michigan State over Western? Big DEAL says Bob, who utterly destroys his own alma mater — again!
  • Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard talks with Eli and Bob about his future.
  • The Toothless Tigers hit the 100 mark — losses, that is! Which “rebuild” is going better: the Tigers’ or Wings’?
  • Dave Dombrowski won a World Series less than a year ago — and the idiotic Sawx fire him! Back to the Tigers now?!
  • The U.S. Open wrapped up with victories by Bianca Andreescu and Rafael Nadal, who Bob believes is better than Roger.
  • And both Denny AND Eli take a gambling BATH over the weekend! Those stories plus much more right here.

Episode 68: The DEATH of one your kids: may it NEVER happen to you!

Ken Daniels, Detroit Red Wings Play by Play Announcer

Life will never be the same. 

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

  • TV voice of the Red Wings Ken Daniels joins us with a surprising prediction about the Wings’ coming season!
  • He, Eli & Denny have one TRAGIC thing in common: each had a child die. They all open up about it.
  • It’s another no-hitter for JV who joins other Al Avila give-aways now tearing it up in MLB.
  • Well, at least they both WON! Our recap of last weekend’s Michigan and Michigan State games.
  • Among NFL roster cuts? Teez Tabor — still ANOTHER blown high draft pick by the FL’s!
  • Bob asks if LeBron were drunk or high — or BOTH in his embarrassing “Taco Tuesday” rant. 
  • Ripping poor Coco Gauff to shreds? That’s like ripping Santa Claus — yet Denny does it anyway!
  • We’ve got the weekly mailbag with YOUR comments & questions. Call us too at (760) 89-BALLS!
  • And two out of three college basketball coaches would just say NO to Trump. Those stories and more right here.

Episode 65: God Bless America, Rudy! How on EARTH Did You Do It?!

Ok, he had perseverance and all that stuff…

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

  • Eli RIPS Rudy Ruettiger (nicely) as the former Notre Dame walk-on joins us to to talk — what else? — Hollywood and ND Football.
  • Bad enough that JV somehow LOST to the Toothless Tigers, worse that he embarrassed himself afterwards.
  • They’re at it again! Ex-MLB stars with the same old, “Why, in MY day …” The MOST outspoken one will surprise you!
  • Uh, Denny, how did you give up so damn many home runs?!
  • Eli defends his use, and his many mentions here, of (gasp!) marijuana.
  • Bob asks what the hell WARP, +ERA, fWAR, rWAR, & DRA- are? He does NOT get an answer.
  • Eli asks whether NFL wideouts like AB, OBJ and many others are just naturally NUTS.
  • Those stories, more baseball and — HOW much to renovate a HOUSE? — right here! 

Episode 64: The Legend of Ron LeFlore? You Ain’t Heard THESE Stories!

Ron LeFlore on cover of The Sporting News

He learned baseball just to get out of prison.

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

  • Afraid of injury, superstars are now sitting out the entire pre-season — yet the shameless NFL is charging fans full price anyway?
  • The Raiders have issued Bonehead Brown an ultimatum: “all-in or all-out!”
  • There was only one Joe Namath, but Bob has his OWN “guarantees” about Michigan football this year.
  • Tiger and Phil looking more and more like they’re done. Next stop Senior’s Tour? Would Tiger play on it?
  • So how’s Nick Castellanos doing in Chicago? You don’t want to know.
  • And, speaking of the Cubs, Eli & Denny nearly come to BLOWS over an outrageous incident in a recent game!
  • “Two hot dogs and two — WHAT?!” Before a former Tigers star ventured out on the field?!
  • “Haters gonna hate,” as they say. Boy, do a couple of you hate Bob!
  • And Mike Tyson puts Eli to shame — or so he CLAIMS. Eli calls “bull-bleep!”
  • Those stories and much more right here!