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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!

Episode 187: WOW! What a World Series!

Photo from 2020 World Serie

All five games have been great!

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

  • If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it …? No matter the ratings, MLB is on FIRE!
  • Has there EVER, in HISTORY, been a better, more entertaining baseball game than Saturday night’s?!
  • Yet Denny and Lary, BOTH ex-big leaguers, decry pitching’s new maxims — and its lack of fundamentals.
  • Is MLB’s rules committee planning to take action against one of the game’s other big changes?
  • “Ya know, the Lions coulda won that game at Atlanta, and they SHOULDA won that …” OMG! WAIT! They DID win!
  • Michigan State did NOT win Saturday, a fact not lost on MSU alumnus Bob who unleashes an EPIC RANT!
  • Bob’s even a little concerned about Michigan after its victory at Minnesota, though NO worries for M THIS week.
  • Don’t athletes have the same right to privacy we ALL should? Lary comments on a brouhaha with the New York Giants.
  • Tigers fans didn’t know his name, but sure knew his face. Bill Fundaro — AND an MSU great in our necrology.
  • Those stories, the sad tale of Peter Norman in YOUR Mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 186: A Man FINALLY at Peace

Spencer Haywood in Pistons uniform holding a basketball

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

Basketball legend SPENCER HAYWOOD reveals his near suicide to the boys, just part of his amazing life and times!

  • But first ELI reveals how Spencer blew a real chance at the proverbial “deal too good to be true.”
  • After its bastardized regular season, why not a bastardized World Series for MLB as well?
  • The boys break down the umpiring fiascos, the pitching fiascos, the bizarre atmosphere and … and …
  • “Dead men tell no tales.” A big report in the Detroit News claims Don Canham was a major culprit in the U-M sex scandal.
  • At last! Michigan and Michigan State are back on the football field Saturday. Are these must-wins ALREADY?
  • Is a Big Ten(14) basketball coach the latest victim of the P.C. Posse — or did his university just want him out?
  • Bob wonders if a Damn Yankee from Detroit isn’t being unfairly tarred and feathered across Dixie?
  • Meanwhile, the Lions travel to the HEART of Dixie Sunday in a desperate attempt to save their season AND Patricia’s job.
  • We’ve got “This Day in Sports History,” a mailbag full of YOUR (sexist?!) comments — and much more right here.

Episode 185: Role Model for Girls? Role Model for ALL!

Manon Rhéaume

She just happens to be a woman.

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

  • Wow, a WOMAN guest — our first one ever! And what better choice than hockey trailblazer Manon Rhéaume?
  • All the sturm und drang, all the controversy over MLB’s COVID-bastardized season — yet justice is done anyway.
  • After seeing the talent level of the playoff teams, now it’s Eli’s turn to be angry with Al Avila and the Tigers. 
  • Denny takes exception to the hot-dogging from some of the players. Bob doesn’t dig the fraternizing.
  • A win at Jax and now it’s on to the playoffs! Don’t SOME members of the media and Lions fans EVER learn? 
  • “Who the hell was YALE LARY?” The uneducated young generation scoffs. Bob gives ’em a MUCH-needed lesson.
  • And Eli gives the young an important black history lesson in his “This Day in Sports.”  
  • Big Ten(14) football is BACK! Could lowly Rutgers destroy Mel Tucker’s MSU debut? What if Harbaugh loses at Minnesota?
  • Take a bow mid-Michigan! Two of your native sons brought us Sunday night’s thrilling Game 7.
  • And from Michigan’s Thumb comes news of the retirement of one of broadcasting’s all-time greats. 
  • Those stories, Bob has YOUR mailbag segment and WE’VE got much more right here!

Episode 174: Doug English: a True LION on the Field

Doug English

One of the league’s true warriors.

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

  • He didn’t win a Super Bowl. No Detroit Lion ever has (or will?), but guest DOUG ENGLISH remains one of the most popular players in team history.
  • It’s opening week in the NFL. Coaches upset over no fans at their home games, the threat of BLM and National Anthem protests. What a kerfuffle already!
  • Oh, and Bob wonders what the league will do if/WHEN a player tests positive for COVID-19. Would they panic and cancel a game on a Sunday morning?!
  • Few teams have the long tradition of the Detroit Tigers. So when they set a new low for futility at Milwaukee THAT was really saying something!
  • Now what to do with struggling Matthew Boyd? Denny: TRADE HIM. But why wouldn’t the Tigers call Denny —  or Lolich or Tanana — to at least pick their brains?
  • Eli says the quality of the NBA Playoffs has been stellar, but Bob is among the pissed-off millions who haven’t watched a single game yet.
  • As if the NBA needed MORE controversy, the Stephen A. Smiths of the world cry (surprise!) “WHITE PRIVILEGE” over Steve Nash’s hiring.
  • The NHL Playoffs have been excellent too — for those few outside Dallas and Las Vegas who find the Stars vs the Knights in summertime compelling.
  • Eli has “This Day in Sports History,” Bob’s got YOUR mailbag segment — and much more right here!

Episode 173: Detroit’s own Ernie Whitt: CANADIAN Sports God!

Ernie Whitt

I tricked them for a lot of years!

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

  • “I might be the best manager who was never hired.” Yet ERNIE WHITT had one helluva playing career with the Blue Jays. The Detroit native joins us!
  • One of the toughest opponents Denny’s Detroit Tigers ever faced has left us. Our thoughts on the passing of Lou Brock.
  • The Tigers lost their critical series at Minnesota, but the boys are still impressed by what they’ve seen from many of the youngsters.
  • College football is BACK! Well, ya know, KIND OF “back.” Is it getting too late for the Big Ten(14!) to try to play?
  • The NFL WILL play starting Thursday night! Bob wonders how much of a BLM demonstration there might be, on and off the field.
  • The Lions signed one of the most famous names in football: running back Adrian Peterson. But will it really help this sad-sack franchise?
  • Eli LOVES his playing but is underwhelmed by his apparent I.Q.! Dustin Johnson vying for (gulp!) $15 million at the PGA Tour Championship. 
  • Part of a wild Labor Day sports weekend: Novak Djokovic DQs himself from the US Open? Kirk Herbstreit weeping on TV?
  • Those stories, Eli has “This Day in Sports History,” Bob’s got YOUR mailbag segment and much more right here!

 

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 149: The GREAT Rod Carew

Rod Carew at bat

No easy out.

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

  • Baseball Hall of Famer ROD CAREW joins the boys to talk about his amazing career, amazing new HEART & more!
  • So Jim Nantz began Saturday’s PGA telecast with a tribute to George Floyd? Bob asks where the Tour’s BEEN all these years!
  • Is Rob Manfred going to save MLB’s season by FORCING the players and owners to (finally) get started?
  • The NBA has a plan to come back, but Kyrie Irving says it SHOULDN’T until “Black Lives Matter” is accomplished!
  • No word from the NHL on its restart as one star coach asks how an NFL comeback’s possible with “social distancing.”
  • What if Gibby’s World Series homers had been played in EMPTY STADIUMS?! Eli on board with Bob: there MUST be fans!
  • ESPN’s doc on the steroid-laden 1998 home-run race premieres. Why are McGuire & Bonds welcome in MLB but not Sosa?
  • Mr. Z always has terrific stories about Allen Iverson who just turned 45. You won’t believe what happens when he turns 55!
  • What happened 55 YEARS ago? Denny: ROD CAREW broke in? Uh, NO, Denny! He finally got the answer.
  • Those stories, YOUR Mailbag segment and much more right here!

Episode 147: He’s Multitalented and Multifaceted! He’s John Smoltz!

John Smoltz

Maybe I would have been the next Lawrence Welk. Who knows?

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

  • Ah, what might have been for JOHN SMOLTZ and the Tigers! The MLB Hall of Famer from Lansing is our guest!
  • Smoltzie just wants to be doing TV baseball again, but politics and demonstrations have taken over the sports world instead.
  • Will the NFL now let its players stage protests during the national anthem?! Bob wonders where THAT might lead.
  • For all you Caucasians, are YOU now “embarrassed to be a white person?” Don’t laugh! An NBA coaching star says HE is!
  • During a demonstration, what would happen if you caught a punk destroying your car? Well, YOU might be arrested!
  • Producer Brandon McAfee and the boys take a vote: would they watch a big game with no fans to cheer?
  • Ultimate Fighting Champ Conor McGregor retires — again. Eli and Denny yawn: “he’ll be back.”
  • Golf IS back and now you can even use a special cart with a partner (GASP!) — if you’re really THAT worried about COVID-19.
  • Wimbledon? Canceled! The U.S. Open? Probably not, but would it be worth watching without “The Big Three?”
  • Those stories, a listener wants to ask Denny’s questions FOR him on YOUR mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 140: The Greatest Legend in MLB HISTORY?!

Jim Abbott

The No-Hitter in Yankee Stadium was really special.

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

  • How did JIM ABBOTT do it?! Born without a right hand – yet became a star pitcher at U-M AND in MLB?! Jim joins the boys!
  • Sports are slowly coming back — but maybe not MLB. WAAYYY too many money issues, as we’ve reported previously.
  • So that begs the question: do people NEED sports or do MORE people HATE sports? Eli has some passionate thoughts on that.
  • But there’s plenty to do and watch without sports — as Denny found out during an impromptu stroll down Memory Lane!  
  • What about the NFL? Bob details a LOT of issues that may keep IT from opening too. No more TAILGATING?!
  • Not guilty! A judge has dismissed the charges from the Nassar Nightmare against former MSU President Lou Anna Simon.
  • Meanwhile, there’s surprising news about former Spartan star linebacker, the late Mike Labinjo.
  • Ohio State and Michigan SCARED of a football rival? MSU, Penn St and Wisconsin too? Not YET, at least, but maybe soon?
  • Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland (mercifully?) blown out of the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. NOW what?
  • Our producer Brand McAfee makes a SHOCKING confession about his childhood — and STILL can’t let go of it! 
  • YOUR Mailbag may now have a theme song! You, uh, might NOT want to hear it as warbled by DENNY McLAIN, though. 
  • Those stories and much more right here!