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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 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 197: Blind Faith: Do Long-Suffering Lions Fans Have a CHOICE?

They were starting to mention guys already…
 

Welcome to No Filter Sports Podcast with “The Original Three:” Eli Zaret, Denny McLain and Bob Page!

  • As a young Johnny Carson asked on his 1950’s TV show every week: “Who Do You Trust?” SURELY not Sheila and Rod?!
  • Whom WILL the duo hire as new Lions general manager? Former star wideout Herman Moore pounds the table for an ex-teammate.
  • Too late to make our show taping today: Michigan football “paused” due to COVID-19! Frankly, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
  • While Penn State provided the LATEST embarrassment for U-M, MSU is riding high — at least until (gulp!) the Bucks hit town this week.
  • And Ohio State NEEDS to play this game in the midst of a veritable SEA of nationwide COVID cancellations.
  • Golf wackos Eli and Denny, of COURSE, watched the Phil/Steph/Peyton/Barkley extravaganza, but non-wacko Bob has a question about Sir Charles.
  • WHAT “wackos” watched Saturday night’s Mike Tyson-Roy Jones abomination? WE’VE got TWO of ’em right here on the show!
  • Tom Izzo and Coach K ready to rumble again! IF MSU is as AWESOME as it was against Notre Dame Saturday who can beat them?
  • The Pistons make an announcement that would have been UNTHINKABLE anywhere in sports just a few years ago.
  • Eli fears his “This Day in Sports” is hitting a wall. Bob has YOUR mailbag — and we’ve got much more right here!

Episode 193: One of MSU’s Greatest: “What? US Worry?”

Newspaper photo of John Miller

Just play hard, keep your mouth shut, and good things will happen.

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

  • Was he THE best ALL-AROUND high school football player in Michigan HISTORY? Ex-MSU star JOHN MILLER guests! 
  • Is it POSSIBLE? Is what ELI saying about Jim Harbaugh the TRUTH? Or is it just WILD speculation? 
  • Meanwhile, Harbaugh has to settle on a quarterback to start at Rutgers Saturday. Could M even lose THIS game?
  • MSU has a QB controversy of a different kind. As Casey Stengel asked of his ’62 Mets, “Can’t ANYBODY here play this game?!”
  • Thanks to the amazing Matt Prater, the Lions’ playoff hopes are alive. Will that still be true after Sunday’s game at Carolina? 
  • Kim Ng is the first WOMAN GM in MLB history! The boys liken that to all the pony-tailed ZEBRAS we’re now seeing in football.
  • Nominations are out for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class. Fred has a BIG disagreement with most on who should get in!
  • Even golf wacko Eli thinks The Masters was bizarre without (sniff-sniff) “patrons.” Bob asks a good question about Tiger.
  • The NBA Draft is here. Pistons pick 7th overall! Their former and long-time TV reporter Eli Zaret is excited — NOT!!!
  • All those stories, “This Week in Sports History,” YOUR mailbag and much more 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!

Episode 190: Jim Miller and All Things FOOTBALL!

Jim Miller in Michigan State football uniform

We want to hear all about it.

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

  • What a football journey JIM MILLER has been on! The ex-MSU and NFL quarterback cum star radio commentator joins us.
  • Fred’s Central Michigan alma mater leads the MAC pack BACK on national TV. Season ON! Finally.
  • Game OFF. Wisconsin-Purdue a COVID cancelation. Will the Badgers be healthy enough in time for Michigan?
  • Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence ALSO a “COVID cancelation” — and at the worst possible time for fans.
  • Bob wonders if Saturday’s tilt at Indiana is a must-win for Jim Harbaugh and his future in Ann Arbor.
  • Rocky Lombardi goes home to Iowa for a tough game against the Hawkeyes as Michigan State mysteries continue.
  • Hard to choose just ONE “Crummy Game of the Week” in the NFL but the Lions at Minnesota is in the mix!
  • Whatever happened to the glory days of Detroit’s hard-hitting sports media? LONG gone now, to be sure.
  • “Never complain, never explain” was the mantra of Henry Ford II and NOW of a famous ex-college football coach too.
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more all coming up right here!

 

Episode 189: From BO to — BODY PARTS?!

Steve Smith

What did you sell to people?!

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

  • A tough day for a former MICHIGAN football star to join us, but ex-QB STEVE SMITH sucks it up and faces the music!
  • Who’da BELIEVED what happened?! Not FRED, who sez he’s never experienced anything in his career like MSU’s upset!
  • Days later it’s STILL big news: the Tigers hire A.J. Hinch! Bob already wonders how A.J. and Al Avila will get along.
  • And was Hinch and the Astros’ sign-stealing really THAT big a deal in the wake of new charges against a famous MLB manager?
  • HBO fan Eli hips us to a great new segment about baseball’s Negro Leagues on his favorite show, “Real Sports.”
  • What (lame) excuse did one of baseball’s most legendary figures once give Bob for not allowing black players in?
  • Wait til you hear how long it takes the boys to FINALLY get to the Lions! Do fans really care much about the Lions anymore?
  • Quick now: name the five greatest people you’ve EVER known. Fred puts a member of the Lions’ next opponent on HIS list!
  • Those stories, Eli has his “This Day in Sports History” and Bob has YOUR mailbag — 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 176: D Mac: Amazing Story, GREAT Interview!

Daren McCarty

I bleed red and white. 

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

  • “The game’s too fast. I don’t think I could’ve played now.” One of the most popular players in Wings’ history, guest DARREN McCARTY, has a LOT to say with us!
  • Guest HOST Fred Heumann has covered The Big Ten(14) for many years so HE has a lot to say about conference football suddenly — huh? — being back ON now?
  • Michigan QB Dylan McCaffrey is just the latest college player to opt out of the season. But the boys agree: this AIN’T about COVID-19.
  • With a near-certain loss at Green Bay Sunday, Bob takes a peek at the FLs’ schedule and MAY yet get Denny to flip-flop on a coaching change.
  • Yep, Mr. Heumann should fit right in with THIS show. Wait’ll you hear him utterly DESTROY Matt Patricia!
  • So, are we watching football games on TV — or oh-so-hot young women hosting a fashion show?! Shame on gals like Maria Taylor? No. Shame on The Empty Suits.
  • Eek! Oh, NO! It’s (gulp) those big bullies, the Cleveland Indians, licking their chops over the Tigers series this weekend — but all is NOT lost for the future.
  • Ever researched why those famous figures are on the front of “Sgt Peppers?” How about also researching why DIFFERENT famous figures are now “seated” at Comerica?
  • Bob gets us up to speed on the NBA and NHL playoffs. Denny responds to him, “Who cares?! NOBODY’S gonna watch!”
  • The U.S. Open is underway — right after the U.S. Open just ENDED Sunday! This time it’s GOLF. Denny, ahem, claims to have nearly tamed fabled Winged Foot.
  • With Eli off, we’ll save his “This Day in Sports” for Monday’s show, but Bob’s got YOUR mailbag and WE’VE got much more — right here.

Episode 129: Had Enough of the FL’s? Marc Spindler Has!

Marc Spindler in Detroit Lions uniform

They lack a lot of things.

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

  • What a comedian! What an entertainer! And ya say this guy MARC SPINDLER played a lotta FOOTBALL too?
  • Eli and Bob vow to stop discussing their differing positions on COVID-19. ELI quickly breaks it! Bob won’t.
  • When will sports start again? Bob THINKS he has an idea based upon a feature in the Detroit News.
  • He claims you’ll likely never see Tom Brady play for Tampa — or anybody else — ever again!
  • Tom Dempsey has died of COVID. What older Lions fan will EVER forget where he/she was for “The Field Goal?!” 
  • E-sports continue to thrive in the sports-less world and tempers are hot! NASCAR drivers “rage-quitting” over video games?
  • Seen the new HBO doc on cheating in college basketball? ELI’s all over it. Bob: BFD.
  • Here comes the P.C. Posse ridin’ in over them yonder hills! Mike Leach now in trouble for sharing an UN-P.C. meme.
  • Earth to Denny! Come in! Earth to Denny! We somehow LOSE MLB’s last 30-game winner in the middle of the show!
  • What could be worse than THAT? Well, how about a show where YOUR mailbag is unceremoniously DUMPED?!
  • We’ll explain what happened (no tears from Eli!) and have MUCH more for you right here.