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Episode 214: SB to Lions and Tigers, GARY MYERS has Ya Covered!

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

  • On Super Bowl weekend are any of YOU making bets the size of “Mattress Mack’s?” Let alone on the underdog?
  • GARY MYERS thinks Mack is gonna be right. The highly-respected NFL writer/broadcaster joins us from New York!
  • Jim Harbaugh and staff land another big recruiting class on national signing day — but with HIM, will it matter?
  • The Pistons get their (sudden) marching orders: turn that video OFF, boys, and get back to the hotel! 
  • Tom Izzo and the Spartans are back home. Did a “moral victory” start to turn their fortunes around?
  • The Wings’ fortunes are in the dumper with NHL TV commentators now questioning their effort. Is The Blashill Watch on?
  • Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway: GUILTY til proven innocent? Bob asks, “whaddya EXPECT?”
  • Brandon is aghast that Baby Boomer Bob has no idea who “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is!
  • Baby Boomer Bob is equally aghast that his Gen Y partner has never heard of Haystacks Calhoun or Dick the Bruiser!
  • ‘Scusin’ me, bloke, WHAT was the score a that bleedin’ football match agayne?!
  • Those stories, a Michigan-born HERO in our necrology, YOUR mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 208: POLARIZING Sports Figures? WE got ‘EM!!

Welcome to the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page and Denny McLain!

  • “How to be Miserable on $39 Million a Year.” If that’s not the title of JAMES HARDEN’s book someday, it SHOULD be!
  • The NBA’s chief malcontent engineers his own trade. Now he gets to play with K.D. AND the NBA’s chief knucklehead.
  • So many games canceled, so many Draconian new rules leave one NBA player asking, “Why even bother?” 
  • COVID comes to Michigan sports as the Pistons miss out on another loss and MSU misses out on a likely butt-kicking!
  • “Butt-kicking?” Is there a term that goes beyond that? If so, you’d use it to describe the U of M’s ROUT of Wisconsin.
  • College football: The boys offer some thoughts on Monday night’s national title game in our first show since then.
  • Get ready to clean up because Denny’s gonna make his NFL playoff predictions. YOU’LL bet the other way, of course!
  • URBAN MEYER leaving his cushy broadcast gig and moving to the NFL? Bob has only one question: WHY?!
  • The Wings finally have a formal team leader, yet ESPN says the more things change, the more they …
  • A BIG change for former Red Wings coach MIKE BABCOCK, but can this career shift possibly end well for him?
  • And on a show that NEVER pulls any punches, why should WE change now on GIBBY or on FRANK BECKMANN?
  • Those stories, Bob with perhaps the strangest story in Detroit Tigers history, YOUR mailbag and more right here!

Episode 206: That’s DOCTOR Billy Taylor to YOU!

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

  • “Get Back Up!” The title of a book by BILLY TAYLOR and, boy, did he ever! The great U-M running back is our guest.
  • For ONCE — and hopefully the last time ever needed here — the boys DO do politics on the show.
  • The NFL Playoffs kick off this weekend. Our producer Brandon McAfee has a bold prediction for you! 
  • Meanwhile, Tom Brady had a bold — and stupid — challenge from one of the league’s top young stars.
  • Did the Eagles actually tank that game against Washington Sunday? One thing’s sure: their players did not.
  • Michigan basketball is ROLLIN’ and fun to watch — so what a bad time to have to SIT thanks to COVID.
  • Of COURSE MSU alum Bob loves our former guest, Tom Izzo — but he still drives Bob nuts at times.
  • Is there potentially big news for Michigan State football? MAYBE. 
  • The late, great Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman was right: Detroit’s NBA team is indeed “The PP’s.”
  • The Tigers have landed free agent Robbie Grossman! FYI: he is NOT Jewish. FYI: he is NOT the answer.
  • And, desperate for revenue, can the Wings and the NHL be blamed much for what they’re about to do?
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

 

Episode 205: Bear Bryant’s Last Captain: Steve Mott

Welcome to No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain — and that’s IT!

  • A new era for the show begins after Eli’s self-imposed “retirement.” WE hope he comes back to us.
  • Meantime, ex-Lions center STEVE MOTT, one of the great players in Alabama history, joins us on THE Big Game and more.
  • FREE BEER? This is what Lions fans are left with after ANOTHER disastrous year?! The FL’s are even messing THIS up!
  • Is Matthew Stafford coming back? Who’s the new GM? The LATEST head coach? So MANY questions.
  • And who speaks for YOU? A famous voice from Texas, through remarks intended for a different team.
  • They’re partying in Columbus and the Bama game hasn’t even been played. WHY? Jim Harbaugh’s staying at Michigan!
  • No Eli? Producer Brandon McFee may be just as opinionated! He and Bob tangle over a big issue in college football.
  • After destroying the fleabag Duke’s Mayo Bowl, somewhere Mr. Z is smiling. The game came to a fitting — and hysterical — climax!
  • How good is U-M basketball! How good is U-M freshman Hunter Dickinson?! Bob says enjoy him while you can.
  • Dave DeBusschere must be rolling over after a WUSSY move by his once-proud alma mater. 
  • Dumped by a phony girlfriend — then rejected by the Pistons too! But guess who’s getting the last laugh?
  • Those stories, Denny remembers MLB’s seven HOFers we lost in 2020, YOUR mailbag and much more — right here!

Episode 204: Good-bye, 2020: UGH! Good-bye, ELI?

Photo image of a person pushing the 0 from 2020 off a cliff

It’s hard to separate sports from reality.

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

  • Happy New Year, everybody, as we ALL look ahead with hope for better days to come.
  • Maybe COVID didn’t hit YOU or yours. Maybe YOU made big $$$ in the market. No matter, good riddance to 2020!
  • It was a year that perhaps has triggered a major change in Eli’s very life as he’ll explain to you.
  • Denny actually became LOOPY over Saturday’s Lions’ fiasco, a game SO ridiculous that one die-hard Lions fan even …!
  • Then listen to Denny become MORE loopy when Eli reads him a quote from Tigers G.M. Al Avila.
  • HOW many TD’s in ONE GAME?! Our producer Brandon McAfee relates a tale of woe from football’s fantasy leagues.  
  • Tom Gores takes heavy flak from Eli — again — as Denny reveals how HE suffered from Gore’s hand in PRISON!
  • Remember the NFL’s CHICAGO Cardinals? Yes? The boys do, which means they — and likely YOU — are OLD!
  • Still another baseball Hall of Famer has died. Denny recalls PHIL NIEKRO and Phil’s late brother Joe. He played with both.
  • Those stories, Bob has another edition of YOUR mailbag — and much more right here!

Episode 202: Ah, What COULD Have Been for Chuck Long!

Chuck Long throwing a football

He had everything going for him.

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

  • One of the greatest QB’s in Big Ten history, CHUCK LONG, never lived up to that potential in Detroit. Chuck tells all!
  • The Lions hire Chris Spielman, not to run the show,  but only to assist in the hiring of a GM and coach. Bob: WTF?!
  • If only ALL the Lions had the guts of center Frank Ragnow — playing an entire contest with a FRACTURED THROAT!
  • The MNF matchup between the Browns and Ravens was a great game — but a COSTLY one for Denny and others.
  • Jim Harbaugh says he’s IN. And what LOOKS like a good recruiting class just may keep him “in” — for a while.
  • MSU’s Mel Tucker landed a couple quarterbacks on signing day, though the one he needs MIGHT already be in the fold.
  • Congress continues to meddle in big-time college sports. Is this a good thing? Denny, Eli — and CHUCK debate.
  • Miggy says he wants to play first base again. AJ Hinch: “Okay.” Denny: “Ridiculous!”
  • In this P.C.-mad world MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred makes a controversial decision. Was it fair?
  • Will MLB and the other pro sports REQUIRE all players take a COVID vaccine in order to play? 
  • Those stories, PLUS Bob rips the bogus Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, YOUR mailbag and MORE — right here.

Episode 198: Two-Sport Star — to Superstar COACH!

Thomas Wilcher

But we know him best as a running back for Bo.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain & Fred Heumann sitting in for Eli Zaret!

  • One of the great athletes in Michigan high school history is now one of its great MENTORS: our guest, THOMAS WILCHER.
  • OUTRAGEOUS! How DARE Herbie claim Harbaugh doesn’t want to play Ohio State! But, uh, DOES he? Really?
  • A Wednesday afternoon NFL game? The boys agree: an abomination in damn near every sense.
  • And now COVID-19 begins another reign of sports terror: the NBA says 48 players just got it!
  • So you think nothing excites curmudgeonly Bob? Just ask him about Michigan State basketball this year.
  • Denny’s excited about his beloved Bears’ “Polish kid” versus the Lions, then gets the word: Trubisky is NOT Polish.  
  • Dennis Dale McLain — JEWISH?! Oy, who knew?! He’s FULL of surprises today:
  • Teddy Ballgame once said WHAT to him? Denny in a fistfight with a teammate in the Tigers’ locker room? 
  • A 27-year-old former World Series hero is on the open market “CHEAP.” Should the Tigers grab him?
  • Fred knows whom HE wants to see the Tigers sign. Bob AND Denny: “Fuhgettaboutit!”
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 196: From Motown to NATIONAL NFL Expert!

Rick Gosselin

A Pro Football Hall of Fame writer!

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

  • COVID even postponing the SUPER BOWL? Maybe, says one of America’s top NFL writers, guest RICK GOSSELIN.
  • (yawn) Another Thanksgiving, another TURKEY from the Lions. Even Sheila Hamp Ford looked bored to tears!
  • Ford Field may have been empty but the Dallas Cowboys did allow fans for their game later. Why’s that?
  • What’s more, how do the woeful Lions and suddenly woeful Cowboys keep being awarded such a big showcase?
  • Eli a RACIST?! If so, you’d better add Bob and Denny to that list over the boys’ agreement on an overblown NFL event.
  • COVID SO ravaging sports now that one prominent SEC team has been driven to TOTAL desperation this weekend.
  • And the biggest story now that college BASKETBALL is underway is already which teams AREN’T playing.
  • Wins for both U-M and MSU to kick off the schedule but Bob’s much more impressed with #1 Gonzaga.
  • If COVID can’t do it, here’s an event that SHOULD be canceled: Saturday night’s Tyson-Jones “pillow fight!”
  • The WORLD may mourn Maradona but our AMERICAN boys mourn Paul Hornung with LOTSA good yarns!
  • Those stories, Eli’s “This Day in Sports,” Bob with YOUR mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 192: SO Close at Augusta — Yet SO FAR!

Dan Pohl golfing

Not to be!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain and Lary Sorensen filling in for Eli!

  • It’s Masters week — in NOVEMBER! Ah, 2020. But we’ve got a GREAT guest to talk about it: Michigan’s own DAN POHL.
  • Was Danny the best golfer the state ever produced? With The Mitten’s weather, the list sure ain’t long but we’ll take a look.
  • Ohio State’s Urban Meyer as head coach of (gulp!) The University of MICHIGAN? Get outta here!
  • The 0-9 laughing stock New York Jets in the playoffs? Get outta here! The LIONS could still make it too.
  • Old pals Lary and Bob have a BIG, uh, “discussion” about MONEY in baseball.
  • J.T. Realmuto, George Springer and DJ LeMahieu have all REJECTED $18.9 million for 2021. Could any land in Detroit?
  • Chris Fetter HAS landed in Detroit as Tigers’ pitching coach. It’s Lary against his boyhood idol, Denny McLain, on THAT one. 
  • Could a student be admitted to the University of Michigan, let alone survive academically, without PERFECT English fluency?
  • That issue is part of a red-hot battle that may soon turn U-M vs MSU basketball into the NEW Duke-Carolina.
  • And a horrible tragedy in the sports world leads us to reexamine one of the wildest college bowl games ever played.
  • We’ve got those stories, YOUR mailbag and much for you — right here!

Episode 191: DOWN from “Mt. Rushmore” and ONTO Our Show!

Mike (Doc) Emrick

Congratulations on a career well lived.

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

  • The greatest hockey announcer EVER? Many say that about the personable MIKE “DOC” EMERICK, our guest today!
  • But who’s interviewin’ whom? Michigan resident Doc has plenty of questions for Denny about the ’68 Tigers.
  • Eli’s U-M sources report that it’s all over for Jim Harbaugh. The proverbial “mutual decision” to come at year’s end.
  • After the humiliation at Iowa, Bob asks why, among hundreds of coaches, MSU was so bent on hiring Mel Tucker.
  • State won’t get any help this week against Indiana — at least not from Eli, who’s jumpin’ on the Hoosier bandwagon!
  • How much will new manager A.J. Hinch mean to the Tigers — and what about his coaching hires of the weekend?
  • The Lions go belly-up again. Let the LATEST five-year rebuilding program begin! But with (gulp!) Sheila Hamp Ford guiding it?
  • The Masters in NOVEMBER? It starts this week! Eli and Denny guarantee the biggest current name in golf will NOT win.
  • And a Red Wings favorite says a classy good-bye with a thank-you note to Detroit and his home state.
  • Those stories, Eli has his “This Day in Sports History,” Bob has YOUR mailbag and much more right here!