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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 158: SUPER-Sub Johnny Grubb!

Johnny Grubb batting

Everybody understood what our roles were.

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

  • 1984 Tigers hero JOHNNY GRUBB joins the boys on his long MLB career, playing for Sparky AND Duke Snider — and more!
  • What’s NEXT in this wacko P.C. world? One of the great powers in college basketball forced to change ITS nickname too?!
  • Chase Elliott has won the NASCAR All-Star Race before 20,000 REAL fans! Bob asks why the major sports can’t have fans too?
  • Would it help your enjoyment if ALL sports teams used fake crowd noise and fan cut-out figures in the seats? You GOT it!  
  • Is playing on the PGA Tour without fans EASIER? Denny says NO. Everybody in golf seems to say YES!
  • Excited about phenom Casey Mize pitching for Detroit this year? Denny sees a BIG potential problem for him already!
  • The NBA’s “Bubble” apparently has a big hole in it now — but only if you’re a hot 20-something young woman.
  • Eli has This Day in Sports which includes one of the worst collisions ever seen in baseball.
  • Those stories, You-Know-Who on the Hammond Organ in YOUR mailbag segment 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 142: BROOKIE’S Got a LOT to Say!

Tom Brookens

One of the great guys in baseball.

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

  • Small-town boy goes to Chicago — and steps right into Disco Demolition Night! Welcome to MLB, guest TOM BROOKENS! 
  • Eli jumps all over ESPN for televising Korean baseball and — huh? A CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT?!
  • “Now tell me to what room I go to get my reputation back!” The lawsuit against MSU’s Mark Dantonio & others DISMISSED!
  • There’s news out this week on college football recruiting. Michigan fans won’t like it either.  
  • Mike Trout’s rookie card just sold for $900,000! Denny says baseball cards are BACK — they MUST be!   
  • Eli and Denny tell stories of Mantle and Pepitone and why it’s JOE’S pic hanging in The Denny Den, NOT Mickey’s.
  • IF the NFL plays this season, one equipment manufacturer thinks it has a great idea for player safety.
  • Meanwhile, an NFL player is suing over sexual assault. What could a WOMAN have DONE to the macho man?
  • Sad news for we of the Baby Boom Generation? Eli: YES! Bob: NO! EDDIE HASKELL was a two-faced jerk!
  • •Those stories, Eli and Denny KILL the weekend Tiger/Phil foursome, YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 141: Jimmy Carson: NHL Star to Business Star!

Jimmy Carson playing hockey

“I get to help a lot of families.”

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

  • “Sorry, we just traded you — for Wayne Gretzky!” JIMMY CARSON, the only OTHER teen to score 50 in one season, is our guest! 
  • So Denny, tell us about, ya know, that OTHER time you were almost arrested — and you had your LIFE threatened?
  • It was a VERY busy weekend for Eli. His beloved golf is back — well, kinda — AND he broke a Michigan law!
  • But Eli’s on edge. So are a LOT of people in Michigan self-quarantining. Now the FAMILY DOG seems to be on edge too!
  • What’s MLB gonna do now? We’re all waiting, while a big college baseball program falls victim to COVID-19.
  • If MLB does play this year, we know who its highest-paid player will be. Trout? Max? JV? NO! Wait’ll you hear.
  • And whither college football? Bob has the SECOND-worst scenario next to NO game: U-M v MSU a controlled scrimmage!
  • The once-beautiful Phyllis George has passed away. Eli and Denny lament but BOB points a finger!
  • Denny STONED for the first time ever? He STILL thinks the Packers will trade Aaron Rodgers to his treasured Bears.
  • And what kind of show would this be if we didn’t run down the NFL’s weekend rap sheet for you?
  • Those stories, YOUR mailbag featuring a certain ex-organ player warbling plus much more right here!

Episode 58: When a Team Quits, Who’s Responsible?

If they’re quitting, it’s the managers’ fault.

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

  • An NFL Strike?! TV Networks blacking out games now?! What a potential relief for fans of the FL’s – and the Terrible Tigers!
  • With training camps now open, the boys riff on Zeke vs. Jerry, a longer season and new Lion Mike Daniels’ amazing statement!
  • After somehow losing four straight to the Miserable Mariners, have the Tigers officially quit? Has Miggy? And is much of it Gardy’s fault?
  • Part of it is surely Al Avila’s – but is he a RACIST too? That’s the allegation in a pathetic lawsuit just filed.
  • Denny talks pitching – and talks about Trevor Bauer’s shameless “snap.”
  • Eli talks about golf – uh, his OWN game. Bob on one pro sports owner who REALLY gets it.
  • Those stories and much more right here!
 

Episode 56: November 30th, M Fans: the ONLY Thing That Matters, so SHHHH!

Until you beat Ohio State, just shut up.

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

  • A “cheese champion?!” Eli asks — and Denny answers, “YES, who the hell is Shane Lowry?!”
  • And who the hell was that hot brunette caddie at the Open who “doesn’t know much about golf?!”
  • Is Tiger finally done? Is Ron Gardenhire finally done — of his own volition?
  • Meanwhile, Denny is back from Cooperstown but his great teammate, Al Kaline, did not go this year. Could “Mr. Tiger” be ill?
  • Jim Harbaugh and some Michigan fans are talking big when they shouldn’t be talking at ALL — at least until M beats the Bucks!
  • A discussion of politics on a sports show? That’s causing big waves again at ESPN — but not on OUR show!
  • Eli delves into the world of MMA  for the first time ever while Bob and Denny sit in shocked silence.
  • Those stories and much more coming up right here!
 

EPISODE 55: Uh, Excuse Me, Sir, HOW Much for Your Autograph?!

There’s a sucker born every minute

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

  • Busy boys! Today Eli works from Motown, Bob from NYC and Denny from Cooperstown! 
  • Another ex-pitching star is there with him for this weekend’s Hall of Fame inductions and Denny is REALLY unhappy with him. 
  • This year’s inductees? It’s more of the same: who actually belongs in the HOF and who doesn’t?
  • And how come a particular pitcher from Denny’s beloved Cubs isn’t in? He only went 53-16 one season!
  • At the risk of putting you to sleep, the latest from the boys on the Disastrous Detroit Tigers.
  • The stuffy “Open Chahmmmpionship” is underway. WE call it (gasp!) The BRITISH Open.
  • Those stories, the plight of sports’ play-by-play guys and much more right here!

Episode 54: Drew Lane a Terrific Baseball Player Too? Who Knew?!

He was a hell of a college baseball player.

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

  • “Incredible match!!!” “One for the ages!!!” So, did YOU watch FIVE HOURS of tennis Sunday? Uh, Denny didn’t.
  • Tennis is HUGE, of course, just not as much in the U.S. Eli may surprise you with the list of the WORLD’S most popular sports.
  • Thank heaven for Drew Lane! On the day he joins us in-studio for the first time, Bob UN-joins us sporadically thanks to the idiots at his Spectrum Cable!
  • Oh boy! Any FL’s fans still out there might get to see two MORE losses per year! We’ll explain.
  • The great Bob Gibson diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The boys tell stories about Gibby — and they’re not all pleasant.
  • Excuse me, CB-WHAT oil? Eli tells us it is NOT a high-performance liquid for your Maserati.
  • Plus, the Open Championship, well, OPENS, domestic violence comes to the WOMEN of pro basketball and much more right here.

Episode 27: Challenging the Good Ol’ Boys at Augusta!

Nothing televises better than golf on TV.

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

  • The Masters might be underway but neither Eli nor Denny should ever be allowed on the August National again! How DARE they?!
  • And how DARE the defending champion’s own family?!
  • Magic shocks the basketball world! Why did he really quit and why did he want that Lakers job in the first place?
  • His long-time buddy and former teammate, Greg Kelser, joins the boys with his thoughts about Magic and other basketball issues.
  • Meanwhile, MSU football’s chartered trip to Minneapolis to see Izzo’s gang in the Final Four was totally legal — uh, right? 
  • Bullpens are exploding all over baseball so far — and Craig Kimbrel is still sitting at home? The boys think they know why.
  • Those stories, Denny somehow officially ruled SANE — and much more right here