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Episode 144: From the Ol’ Farm — to Scoring a Super Bowl TD!

Tom Nowatzke on trading card

The only Lion of that era to win a Super Bowl!

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

  • Our guest is the bruising fullback, TOM NOWATZKE, on his 1960’s Lions, Colts teammate Johnny U and MUCH MORE!
  • While pro sports leagues FIGHT during negotiations on when and how to start playing again, Eli and Bob repeat: go away til 2021.
  • No sports? No games to gamble on, no casinos to gamble IN! One way or another the city of Detroit may pay an awful price.
  • No football? Not only does Dolphins owner Stephen Ross say we WILL have an NFL season but he has unusual plans for his stadium.
  • Bob asks why Jim Harbaugh seemed so thrilled to recruit only a good, not great, player this week. Is it THAT bad in Ann Arbor now?
  • VERY different opinions among  the boys over golf and last Sunday’s “The Match.” If you watched it, you were NOT alone.
  • The Michigan House has passed a bill allowing college athletes to make extra money on the side — and Eli’s apoplectic!
  • From Denny: the legendary overseas boxing match he actually went to! And does his ex-catcher Jim Price really HATE him?!
  • The latter question comes from YOUR mailbag segment. We’ll have that and many other top stories right here!

Episode 139: The “Spaceman” — on EVERYTHING!

Bill Lee in Astronaut uniform

One of the great characters in sports.

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

  • You wanted to WHAT? BULLDOZE the Rocky Mountains?! It’s the one and only “SPACEMAN,” BILL LEE, on with us today!
  • What’s going on in sports? Almost NOTHING! But Eli, Denny and Bob still make the proverbial chicken SOUP outta chicken BLEEP.
  • Sports leagues planning to start again? Rumors abound every day. But HOW — and WHEN?
  • Human cockfighting had a big weekend anyway, though Eli calls it (and maybe YOU do too) “Ultimate Fighting Championship.”
  • At 53 (and apparently in need of money), Mike Tyson says he’s thinking about a comeback! How would HE do in UFC?
  • Whenever baseball announces it’s ready, is it possible ANOTHER issue could keep its doors closed? 
  • MLB has now cut its draft rounds back due to COVID-19, but will that only help the rich (THE YANKEES!) get richer?
  • Baseball has changed SO much — and maybe not for the better. Denny rants on NOW versus THEN.
  • Cheating in college basketball? Biz as usual. Coach K even cheating?! Bob: “NEVER!” Eli: “Shut up, you Dukie!”
  • Those stories, we check in on Denny’s busy, uh, “social life,” YOUR Mailbag and 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.


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 111: Winners and Losers From the SB? WE Start With Denny!

Fist holding dollar bills with 50 yard line on football field in background

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

  • WHAT?! Denny didn’t watch the Super Bowl?! Well, at least he LISTENED to it — so he joins our big wrap-up anyway.
  • And what SB wrap-up would be complete without discussing the commercials AND the PG-13 halftime show? 
  • The Pro Football HOF announced its five new members over the weekend. What about the guys who did NOT make it?
  • And here Bob was relieved because football was FINALLY over? Denny and Eli say, “guess again!”
  • Michigan State basketball goes down to an average team it should have beaten. Was ONE player responsible?
  • Michigan gets an important win WITH Zavier back. Why was he suspended? Don’t ask the feckless Detroit sports media.
  • So you’re unhappy playing for Juwan? Why not jump to Izzo instead — and be in the lineup the very next season?!
  • The Pathetic Pistons pissing off their own coach now — and let’s be real about Sunday’s win over Denver.
  • Ex-Tiger fan-favorite/great-guy Curtis Granderson calls it a career — probably two years too late.
  • And how would another ex-Tiger fan favorite have fared in the current era of baseball? Don’t make Denny laugh!
  • THAT story’s in YOUR Mailbag segment, PLUS criticism of our Kobe coverage and much more right here.

EPISODE 90: “Stand by Your Man?” MSU’s Keith Nichol DOES!

Keith Nichol in Michigan State Football Uniform

He’s done more for Michigan State football than anyone.

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

  • He produced arguably the greatest play in MSU history! That’s one reason why guest Keith Nichol is SO unhappy about The Game.
  • What a drubbing Michigan laid on Michigan State! Bob questions MSU’s second-half effort as the fallout rages on.
  • The FL’s choke another one away. Does Eli give too much credit to a local writer who FINALLY gets tough with them?
  • To make things even worse, Denny questions whether the oft-injured Matt Stafford will ever play again.
  • The “Colin Kaepernick Show” continued with a workout cum CIRCUS this weekend. The FL’S are down a QB … hmmm.
  • Former Tiger John Wockenfuss is battling dementia. He had a big role in the ’84 World Series — but wasn’t even on the team!
  • Ever hear of the 1983 movie “Tiger Town?” It’s back in the news and we’ll tell you why.
  • In YOUR mailbag segment: outrageous prices for sports events, FL’s fans vs Bob — and much more right here!

Episode 82: Razor Sharp at 79! Mike Lucci pulls NO punches!

A very savvy, sage, and one of the most amazing Lions of all time.

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

  • REALLY, what the HELL has been wrong with the FL’s?! Ex-Lions star Mike Lucci vents about that, NFL officiating & MUCH more!
  • Now, the same question — as it pertains to Michigan. Its “finest hour?!” Has Harbaugh gone NUTS? Will he be back next year?
  • MSU’s Captain Kirk and his Vikings embarrass the FL’s at Ford Field. Was it “easy” for the Vikes? One player predicted it would be!
  • The Amazing Altuve is off to the World Series as the Astros host Washington Tuesday. Bob tells the story of how he GOT to Houston.
  • Eli reports that MLB is negotiating a proposal to eliminate 40 minor league teams. Mr. McLain is not happy.
  • The NBA’s new season kicks off with what’s NOW a dud! We explain while previewing the league AND the Pistons for you.
  • Meanwhile, the Wings have come crashing down with four straight losses. The less famous Hughes brother hopes it’s FIVE.
  • And did you hear yet? Bob Page is a “RACIST!”
  • Those stories, our weekly comments from YOU on our mailbag segment and more right here

Episode 69: Like GREAT Stories? Eli, Denny and Bob Have Lots of ’em!

There aren’t rules…there are just guidelines!

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

  • Our guest is ex-Lions great Lem Barney who claims football won’t exist any more in 15 years!
  • Meanwhile, the new NFL season is underway. Could the FL’s really go 0-11 out of the gate?! Bob explains.
  • More shenanigans from Airhead Brown as the boys rip him another new one.
  • We tell you about one of the greatest players in NFL history who’s NOT in the HOF.
  • And preview this Saturday’s Michigan and Michigan State games.
  • Eli and Denny have their gambling picks of the weekend — so YOU can bet against them and clean up!
  • JV not a Hall of Famer? Some young “Figure Filberts” lean on sabermetrics to say no!
  • Tales of the great Van Patrick, of Denny’s bad day at the dog races, advice on — mustaches(?) and much more right here. 

Episode 29: The Boys’ Career Highs and Lows

You’re not supposed to say who we are, you’re supposed to say who we used to be!

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

  • The NBA Playoffs — or the draft lottery? Eli and Denny go at it over which is better for the Pathetic Pistons.
  • Miguel Cabrera is off to a terrible start. He’s 36 as of today. Has he lost it for good — or only until summertime?
  • And are Miggy’s off-field shenanigans hurting his game?
  • YOU, the listeners, have questions: The mystery of the 1968 Tigers’ jerseys? The high and low points of the boys’ careers? Why the lack of swearing on the podcast?
  • The new Lions schedule is out! Whoopty-damn-do. Bob goes off on his favorite whipping boys.
  • And Eli and Denny — restaurateurs?! Bob was in New York back then, thus avoiding ptomaine.
  • These stories and much more right here!

Episode 19: College Admissions Scandal? The College Basketball Scandal is Worse!

The bottom line is, they are an average to below average team.

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

  • Woof-woof! Are the once-again Pathetic Pistons throwing in the towel?
  • What? Most NFL free agents don’t want to join the Bleeping Lions? Golly-gee, what a shock.
  • Wither Steve Yzerman? Is he really the answer for the Wings?
  • MLB rule changes have Denny up in arms — but Bob asks, “if it ain’t broke, why try to fix it?!”
  • Eli implicates himself in the college admissions scandal! And Denny tried the same trick — but failed — as Bob sez the college basketball scandal is a bigger disgrace.
  • OBJ & Le’Veon Bell reactions while Denny attacks Antonio Brown — and much more coming up right here!
  • much more!