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Episode 210: Never Fear — Our GAMES are Still Here!

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

  • We all agree: the world SUCKS right now, but at least we still have sports — AND its knuckleheads — to entertain us.
  • What team gets a home game in the Super Bowl? None EVER! Tom Brady hopes to change that in the NFC title game.
  • And another ex-Michigan star quarterback could also make headlines in Sunday’s AFC title tilt.
  • Are you betting the games? You can now do that LEGALLY in Michigan starting Friday.
  • The Lions unveil their LATEST five-year rebuilding program, so optimistic they gave their LATEST coach a SIX-year deal!
  • Why do younger Lions fans also seem so optimistic about their sad-sack team? Brandon McAfee RANTS on that!
  • SWEATING and SLOBBERING all over each other? The NBA’s okay with that — but handshakes? No WAY.
  • Bob’s sweating out Friday, hoping COVID doesn’t cancel Michigan at Purdue. Like all of us, he needs something to do! 
  • Why are the Pistons so pathetic? ONE game tells part of the story: a guy they have and two guys they should have had.
  • Is Tigers G.M. Al Avila signing all these bums just to irritate Denny? If so, he’s doing a great job of it!
  • Is the Baseball Hall of Fame ready to put Clemens and/or Bonds in next week? Should they? Hear our spirited debate.
  • All those stories, YOUR mailbag segment and much more coming up right here!

Episode 199: “I Came to Hate Joe Paterno!”

He really didn’t like me very much.

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

  • One of Penn State’s greatest players, ex-Detroit Lions star KEITH DORNEY, talks about his FASCINATING life.
  • To paraphrase a famous song by The Clash, “Should he stay or should he go?” Harbaugh rumors are FLYING!
  • It’s Michigan-Ohio State week and Bob says WHAT? “BFD?!” If you’re on the U-M side, MANY feel the same way.
  • How DARE Denny’s beloved Chicago Bears blatantly rip off the Lions’ M.O.? Isn’t it copyrighted?
  • Who IS this guy, Darrell Bevell? And who IS actually running the FOOTBALL side of the franchise these days?
  • A famous football man says women don’t generally like or follow sports? Golly gee, shocking. So why apologize?
  • The Sarah Silliness just won’t go away — and neither will Eli in slamming it!
  • Not good enough to catch for the catcher-less Tigers — but good enough for one of MLB’s top teams?
  • Do we have a new feature on the show? Eli declares the Nets’ Kyrie Irving his inaugural “Idiot of the Week!”
  • On our “This Day in Sports” AND on this Pearl Harbor Day we recall an American sports star and hero of WWII.
  • Those stories, Bob with YOUR mailbag 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 196: From Motown to NATIONAL NFL Expert!

Rick Gosselin

A Pro Football Hall of Fame writer!

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

  • COVID even postponing the SUPER BOWL? Maybe, says one of America’s top NFL writers, guest RICK GOSSELIN.
  • (yawn) Another Thanksgiving, another TURKEY from the Lions. Even Sheila Hamp Ford looked bored to tears!
  • Ford Field may have been empty but the Dallas Cowboys did allow fans for their game later. Why’s that?
  • What’s more, how do the woeful Lions and suddenly woeful Cowboys keep being awarded such a big showcase?
  • Eli a RACIST?! If so, you’d better add Bob and Denny to that list over the boys’ agreement on an overblown NFL event.
  • COVID SO ravaging sports now that one prominent SEC team has been driven to TOTAL desperation this weekend.
  • And the biggest story now that college BASKETBALL is underway is already which teams AREN’T playing.
  • Wins for both U-M and MSU to kick off the schedule but Bob’s much more impressed with #1 Gonzaga.
  • If COVID can’t do it, here’s an event that SHOULD be canceled: Saturday night’s Tyson-Jones “pillow fight!”
  • The WORLD may mourn Maradona but our AMERICAN boys mourn Paul Hornung with LOTSA good yarns!
  • Those stories, Eli’s “This Day in Sports,” Bob with YOUR mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 194: Scared of Butkus? Not a Young GREG LANDRY!

Greg Landry holding a football

But you always wanted to know where he was…

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Bob Page, Fred Heumann AND Lary Sorensen!

  • Okay, so maybe they weren’t “glory days,” but the Detroit Lions of our guest, GREG LANDRY, were at least FUN!
  • NOW, Eli says the COVID crisis has taken the “fun” element OUT of sports. Bob, Fred and Lary disagree.
  • Still, what a world we’re in! MSU’s football game a COVID cancelation. MSU basketball expecting cancellations. 
  • Sports TV ratings are way down and surveys indicate most of you will not go to live events til there’s a COVID vaccine.
  • All those kids! What WERE the Pistons thinking about in the NBA draft, which was at least high on MUSICAL talent.
  • With another embarrassing loss for U-M a possibility Saturday, would the Jets try to hire Jim Harbaugh anyway?
  • Easy come, easy go. One airhead MLB player loses a guaranteed $24 million for taking steroids!
  • “This Day in Sports” finds one of our fans bravely staying at his battle station during “Malice at the Palace!”
  • Those stories, Lary ripped by Howard Cosell on national TV, YOUR Mailbag and much more — right here!

Episode 181: The “Doctor” is IN!

A career in football took precedent over medicine.

Welcome to the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli ZaretDenny McLain and Bob Page!

  • Another top Lions talent — College Football HOF member! — WASTED in Detroit: FREDDIE SCOTT is our guest!
  • Experts claimed Denny had some fake items in his big weekend sale. BFD — if ya listen to DENNY, that is.
  • Another NFL Sunday usually means it’s time for another “Bob Page’s Lions Lament” — and you got it! 
  • Eli’s been talking to sources and now thinks he knows HOW the incompetent Ford family destroyed the Lions.
  • What better guy to discuss Bob Gibson AND adventures with the late Cards’ superstar pitcher than Denny McLain?
  • Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat: what a GAME Sunday night! Yet his life story is even better.
  • Bill Laimbeer’s a WHAT?! Bob has a choice term for the ex-Pistons star but respects him as a coach. Eli does NOT.
  • Oh, those HORRIBLY biased play-by-play and color commentators on national TV! The boys cry “Bull—-!”
  • Eli has ‘”This Day in Sports,” Bob has YOUR mailbag and 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 167: SO Many Good Questions for RICH STRENGER!

Rich Strenger

You’re not going to get me to say anything negative about Bo.

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

  • U-M star, NFL vet AND an attorney? What better person to ask about EVERYTHING going on than RICH STRENGER!
  • How TERRIBLE are the Tigers? NOT so terrible that they can’t easily make the playoffs, especially WITH Casey Mize.
  • Covid-19 in MLB? The Cardinals are FINALLY playing again — WITH a convoy of 41 rental cars on the roads!  
  • The NBA Playoffs start(ed) Monday night. NO COVID issues there so far. Eli gives kudos to Adam Silver for that.
  • College football already slammed by COVID. The Big (14) won’t play — unless players and parents have THEIR way. 
  • Tuukka Rask of the Bruins has called it quits DURING the 2020 NHL playoffs! Bob says he quit on his TEAMMATES.
  • Kelly Stafford walks back her criticism of Colin Kaepernick. Eli and Denny laud her. Bob: Who cares what SHE thinks?
  • A BIG 80% of Packers ticket holders say they will NOT go to Lambeau this year! Eli and Denny: Would YOU go to a game?
  • Another week, ANOTHER Denny McLain scheme. Wait til you hear what he’s going to do now — AND with WHOM!
  • Eli has “This Day in Sports History,” Bob has YOUR mailbag — 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 153: NFL MUST Go On — but with Eric Hipple’s Solution?

Eric Hipple in Lions uniform holding a football

I’m going to be controversial. Quarantine and isolate. You don’t have to see your family during the season.

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

  • QB ERIC HIPPLE had it bad enough just PLAYING for the Lions, but what he suffered after was MUCH worse. Eric guests!
  • Eli and Denny spent their weekends watching – what else? – GOLF. They seem okay with its current state. Bob’s NOT.
  • The NBA playing in empty arenas and now with P.C. social messages on the backs of unis?! Had enough of pro basketball yet?
  • The FANS, the FANS! Bob says there are no sports and no sports media without YOU — so why play ANY games this year?
  • Even as Bill Belichick pays up for cheating — AGAIN — he brilliantly delivers what COULD be a big blow to other teams.
  • What does M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E spell? “THE NHL!” The league’s idiotic draft set-up screws the Red Wings.
  • Johnny Manziel has put football behind him: “I just want to be happy for the rest of my life.” WE have a suggestion!
  • More CRAZINESS everywhere. Kansas State’s football team boycotts; says THEY will control who’s enrolled at the university.
  • Statues being illegally torn down or replaced. How far will it go? Two American ICONS may be next — for very different reasons.
  • Eli provides “This Day in Sports History,” Bob rolls out YOUR Mailbag and much more — right here!