Nick Ward

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 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 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 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 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 20: Racism and Anti-Semitism Soiling Sports

The game was rendered meaningless

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

  • What a game! State bests Michigan again — but suffers anyway thanks to the biggest fraud team in college basketball.
  • Denny takes LeBron James to task with some very tough talk — and Bob takes Denny to task right back.
  • Undaunted, Denny then destroys Tim Tebow — and Bob and Eli pay Denny back in spades!
  • Shep and Gibby as the Tigers’ new broadcast team? They may already have us missing Mario Impemba.
  • Racism and anti-semitism at sports events: how much should fans be allowed to say?
  • And a listener email actually suggests we’re “too mean” to the Bleeping Lions. Boo hoo.
  • Those stories and much more next!

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 12: Money Madness: Even an Off-Season Plumber Wants Two Mill!

Photo of Nick Ward's bandaged hand

They’re not beating Michigan without Nick Ward

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

  • Is MSU basketball finished following its latest crippling injury? Bob sez that huge Michigan series is now a dud.
  • MLB free agency and money madness: $300,000,000 isn’t enough?!
  • An off-season plumber demands more than two million bucks?! When will middle-class fans paying the freight say “Enough!”?
  • Denny goes nuts over a 10-game winner’s Cy Young.
  • Eli explains how he once got a $20 bill from Mike Ilitch — who told him, “keep the change.”
  • After an NBA All-Star Game with a ridiculous 350 points, is there any all-star game really worth watching?
  • Plus, a Michigan guy becomes the biggest rat in sports!
  • And the boys tell you how YOU can join the show too — right here!