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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 148: How on EARTH Did Polo Do It?!

Dennis Polonich playing hockey for Detroit Red Wings

He had a huge heart.

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

  • Was he, pound for pound, the best fighter in NHL history? Ex-Red Wings fan fave DENNIS POLONICH joins the boys!
  • Eli fesses up: as a New Yawk guy, he LIKES hockey but just didn’t grow up with it. He likes most hockey players even more. 
  • The Tigers take slugger Spencer Torkelson #1 overall in the MLB draft. Bob cautions about getting TOO geeked.
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred: baseball WILL be back in 2020. Where he got THAT info, who knows? But Denny agrees.
  • NBA players are beginning to balk about resuming their season in Orlando with no family, no friends allowed to visit.
  • NASCAR has made the decision to ban Confederate flags at race events. But how will they enforce it?!
  • Allen Iverson just turned 45 this week and you can always count on Eli for some GREAT stories about A.I.
  • The PGA Tour is BACK! No fans, of course — and already some of golf’s biggest names are complaining about that.
  • Those stories, YOUR weekly Mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 132: YOU asked for him! You GOT Dan Petry!

Dan Petry pitching

The perfect gentlemen.

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

  • Great guy! Great guest! Ex-Tiger Dan Petry joins us to talk about HIS career, son Jeff’s NHL career and more!
  • What day is it? Who knows? Temper-temper! The boys get nasty again over their opposite thoughts on COVID-19.
  • Bob asks, “Is this woman a NUT?!” over Michigan Governor Whitmer’s shut-down of almost the entire state!
  • Why no GOLF?! In FLORIDA, pro wrestling has now been deemed an “essential business!”
  • Think it has to do with a Dem running Michigan and a Republican running Florida? Denny says NO. Bob says YES.
  • The NFL has it’s first Covid-19 diagnosis as MSU alum Brian Allen tests positive. He’s just fine, thank you.
  • What’s that, Mr. NFL player? You DON’T wanna play for the FL’S? Golly, why NOT?  
  • The moment we’ve all been waiting for: BASEBALL is underway again! Uh, in Taiwan AND with fake fans!
  • Long-time pilot Denny gives us his take on the disturbing new report re Roy Halladay’s plane-crash death.
  • Can U-M athletic director Warde Manuel survive his gaffe in the Wolverines’ own sex scandal? MSU redux?!
  • Eli tells us there’s trouble for Michigan basketball too. Juwan suddenly loses his top two recruits!  
  • Those stories, a rising NASCAR driver turns into a pariah, YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 126: Will the REAL Scotty Please Stand Up?!

Ken Dryden and Scotty Bowman

We have so many questions.

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

  • One of the GREAT goalies ever, Ken Dryden, joins us to discuss his new book on Scotty Bowman and more!
  • It’s Opening Day in MLB — NOT! No baseball, no toilet paper and Bob says no cereal either!
  • IF we have baseball again, could it go into late DECEMBER? Would they REALLY play 7-inning doubleheaders?
  • As usual, it’s Bob vs Eli & Denny on Coronavirus as millions of Americans now face economic DISASTER!
  • Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery. But NOW? Is this “essential” surgery?
  • Quick, what do Dick Egan and Rod Allen have in common? Denny: Dick WHO?
  • Thank goodness for all the Brady/Belichick news to keep us entertained! Tom joins an ex-FLs star.
  • And now another legendary Patriot is ALSO out, proving again that Bill Belichick doesn’t care WHO you are!
  • A listener is claiming WHAT about Eli? That story’s among those in YOUR weekly mailbag.
  • And it’s all coming up right here!

Episode 98: The Boys Put Lou Whitaker in a TALKATIVE Mood!

Lou Whitaker in Detroit Tigers uniform holding a bat on his shoulder

He hasn’t done any radio or TV interviews in a long time.

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

  • Sweet Lou Whitaker joins us! On not being in the HOF: “THEY didn’t see me play every day, THEY don’t know!” 
  • The Ford family meets with Jeff Bezos on selling the FL’s and Eli’s scoop makes lotsa news! Ah, if only …
  • Surprisingly, Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia will be back next year! Who’s running this FL circus anyway? Bob clues us in.
  • We’ve ALL waited so long — and now the bowl season is here! YOU won’t wanna miss a thrilling moment (wink, wink).
  • The Dead Wings just keep on losin’ — on AND off the ice as the Pistons simply LOSE.
  • Cassius Winston bounces back to lead the Spartans while Michigan gets ready for — uh, WHOM?!
  • A happy 85th to the great Al Kaline! Quick: what’s the first name that comes to mind when you hear “Detroit Tigers?”
  • Excited about new Tigers catcher Austin Romine? Bob explains why you shouldn’t be.
  • Drew Brees broke a big record in spectacular fashion. Eli sez Brady’s still the “GOAT.” Denny sez he ain’t!
  • Those stories, the weekly mailbag and much more — right here

Episode 81: ’84 Tigers Hero to — Stand-Up? DON’T Miss this Interview with Ruppert Jones!

Ruppert Jones baseball card

“I don’t want to get out of my lane.”

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

  • A hero of the ’84 World Series champs, Ruppert joins us to discuss that magical year, why he didn’t come back, his personal struggles and more.
  • Oh, so you say the FL’s were “robbed” by the officials at Green Bay? Eli’s pissed too, Denny disagrees and, as usual, “The Bob Page Lions’ Lament” sez … 
  • It’s the NEW “biggest game of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching career” Saturday night at Penn State. Is it really make-or-break time for him? 
  • We only know one thing about the MLB Playoffs: the Nats are going to the World Series. And who called that one? He’s NOT too modest to say!
  • “Fired up?” Denny ‘s APOPLECTIC! He’s almost frothing at the mouth about juiced (or DE-juiced) baseballs — as Eli sadistically presses his buttons.
  • Basketball’s Jim Calhoun has done something so reprehensible Bob’s shocked that he’s not in jail already!
  • Are you getting your money’s worth at an NBA game? A new study implies NOT and Eli confirms — while Denny just DOESN’T get it.
    LeBron’s controversy is the latest story to remind us that politics and sports, like it or not, are inextricably bound.
  • Those stories, Eli walked out of the arena and missed WHAT? Reggie Jackson ALMOST redeems himself with Denny plus much more!
  • And don’t forget: Mike Lucci, named to the All-Time Lions team, will join us on Monday’s show.
 

Episode 77: Rip My Father-in-Law and I’ll KILL You!

Baseball field diagram showing the "Williams Shift"

You Think You’ve Seen Hell? Just Wait!

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

  • Remembering Denny AND Mickey in the 1968 World Series on its 51st anniversary.
    Pardon us, WHAT did you say the Tigers did this week?!  
  • The MLB Playoffs kicked off with a HIGHLY unfortunate incident Tuesday. Will it be Bill Buckner redux? 
  • Meanwhile, baseball’s attendance took a massive hit this year and now MORE controversy over — “deadly” t-shirt guns?
  • Is Saturday the beginning of the end for Harbaugh at Eli’s alma mater? Some say Iowa is the biggest game of Jim’s tenure.
  • MSU might be embarrassed at Ohio State but a MUCH bigger problem in East Lansing has come to the fore! Bob explains.
  • California’s “Fair Pay to Play Act” is causing a ruckus in college sports and causes a BIG stir with the boys as well.
  • Whaddya know? The FL’s will get through the entire weekend without a loss!
  • And it’s finally come to this: Bob has news that SHOCKS Denny, then Denny THREATENS Bob on his next trip to Detroit!
  • Those stories and much more coming up right here.

Episode 60: Ex-Piston Bad Boy John Salley — on just about EVERYTHING!

Ex-Detroit Piston's player, John Salley smoking a cigar and smiling.

The biggest thing about Salley: he was an entertainer first. 

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

  • And today it’s The Clash of the Titans! John Salley joins the boys, trashes meat-eating, supports marijuana and Denny doesn’t dig it!
  • Furthermore, Denny sticks to his guns about the “REAL reason” behind the Tigers’ rebuild: HE thinks the team will be sold.
  • The Astros just playing by MLB’s new rules: you are not allowed to throw a no-hitter by yourself anymore!
  • Another tragic death in the NFL is likely due to just playing football! Is the league on its way to the fate of boxing?
  • Other NBA guys may be moving around but ex-MSU star Draymond Green knows a good thing when he sees it — HE’S staying put.
  • LeBron catching some big heat  — for merely trying to be a good father?
  • Should Curt Flood have made that catch in Game 7 of the ’68 World Series? “DUH,” according to Eli and Bob. “NO,” according to Denny.
  • Those stories, new safety nets changing baseball 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!