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Episode 94: The Red Baron Himself Reminisces!

Red Berenson in Red Wings uniform

Life is good!

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

  • A somber note to start this show: Denny is not with us due to the death of his beloved wife Sharon.
  • Eli recounts in moving detail their long-time — and up-and-down — love story.
  • But the great Red Berenson IS with us on so MANY historic hockey moments he was part of, the Wings, U-M and MORE!
  • U-M and MSU basketball BOTH utterly HUMILIATED Tuesday night! But Bob says the two losses were VERY different.
  • Does Michigan football really want to (GULP) play ALABAMA in a bowl game?! Ohio State redux?
  • Could another new twist on MSU’s Larry Nassar disaster leave MSU declaring BANKRUPTCY?! 
  • He said, HE said? Bob’s interaction with powerful MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson has created some waves!
  • NFL coaches are on the hot seat — but not Matt Patricia? Eli has lowlights of the early years of many FL’s coaches.
  • Babs SMEARED for mistreatment of ex-players like Johan Franzen, but wouldn’t the Wings STILL be better off with him NOW?
  • PLUS, whither the Pistons? Rudy T once WOWED Eli but ATTACKED Bob(!), YOUR mailbag 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 87: A Stroll Down Memory Lane with Alan Trammell!

Alan Trammell at bat

Father time is undefeated.

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

  • New HOF member Alan Trammell does a GREAT job with the boys! His life in baseball, the ’84 Tigers, Magnum P.I.: It’s all here, folks.
  • The latest HOF candidates and state of the HOF? A wild melee suddenly breaks out with Eli and Denny dumping on Bob — who dumps right back!
  • Computer umpiring in MLB was also part of that. Denny sticks to his guns — just as he surely would have about horseless carriages in 1906.
  • Is there ANYTHING interesting about the FL’s vs da Bears? YES! For whom will Denny root Sunday? “We” or his own hometown team?
  • Michigan’s off Saturday but the focus does NOT turn to Michigan State. Even Spartan fans may bail on MSU-Illinois. Alabama v LSU is at the same time!
  • Bob strolls over to Madison Square Garden two nights in a row and isn’t happy with what he sees: MSU goes down and the Wings ARE down — horribly.
  • U-M basketball? ANOTHER near nightmare in Ann Arbor against those big meanies from Appalachian State! Juwan’s got a lot to learn.
  • You’ll hear about Denny’s fascinating old side gig on our mailbag segment AND about an UNUSUAL biz plan he and Jim Northrup once concocted!
  • Eli answers Bob’s bemused question: “What the HELL does a chicken sandwich have to do with SPORTS?!” 
    Those stories 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 79: Comin’ Up ROSE-y as Charlie Hustle Joins the Boys!

The Hit King Joins No Filter Sports

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

  • PETE ROSE with us for a frank and wide-ranging interview — but one of his predictions sure was a stinker!
  • Bob’s in Detroit and went to see LCA, the Wings, Pistons AND to learn who’s listening to us — and who’s not YET.
  • Wild stuff in MLB’s Playoffs! WE bust it down and Denny busts it UP by slamming a NUMBER of participants!
  • More P.C. insanity in sports, from the Braves wussing out to SOME NBA-types following suit!
  • With another college football weekend here, MSU’s problems are more OFF the field than ON at Wisconsin.
  • Should Michigan revamp its offense for mere Illinois or WAIT for the Penn State game? We have a DISAGREEMENT here.
  • Meanwhile, a different kind of controversy’s going on in Happy Valley. The coach handles it; Eli and Bob are STILL pissed!
  • It’s the Mystics versus the Sun for all the marbles tonight! Uh, WHO? And for what “marbles?” 
  • And Denny was working WHERE? Doing WHAT?! Those stories and much more coming up right here.

Episode 78: Unhappy Michigan Football Fans: HARLAN HUCKLEBY is One of You!

Harlan Huckleby

We Don’t Seem To Have The Dominance Up Front

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

  • Michigan and Iowa waged one HELLUVA defense battle Saturday. Boring? Eli says YES! Bob says NO! 
  • Ex-Michigan star Harlan Huckleby has PLENTY to say on Michigan AND about Jim Harbaugh. His comments will surprise you!
  • Bob repeats HIS comments from MSU’s too-narrow win over Indiana: Lewerke is overrated and so is State’s defense.
  • The MLB Playoffs are heatin’ up and Denny’s NOT thrilled over what he’s hearing on radio and TV from “Jessica Somebody.
  • Meanwhile, he made another of his sports-show appearances last weekend and lassoed PETE ROSE. Pete joins us Thursday!
  • Penalty flags AGAIN are flying all over the field in college and pro football. Can you imagine if this stupidity happened in baseball?
  • WOW! Anthony Mantha with FIVE goals in the Wings’ first two games, FOUR of ’em Sunday night! 
  • As legal sports gambling is exploding all over the nation could we someday have another Black Sox-like scandal?
  • And will Michigan beat Kansas on high school basketball phenom Isaiah Todd? Bob guarantees it — cuz the Jayhawks are in BIG trouble.
  • Those stories, YOUR thoughts in our mailbag segment and much more right here.

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 75: Tigers Great Lance Parrish Has a Whole LOT on His Mind!

Lance Parrish in Detroit Tigers uniform

45 years, on and off, he has been with the Tigers.

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

  • Ex-Tigers star Lance Parrish speaks out on his STILL-bitter exit from Detroit, the ’84 Tigers, his relationship with Jack and SO much more!
  • This, on the heels of our Wayne Fontes interview which is already “smashing box office records” thanks to YOU!
  • The FL’s’ game is — WHAT? One of the three biggest games of the week in the NFL?!
  • President Carter had his black-sheep brother Billy. Looks like Shea Patterson’s got one too as Michigan faces off with lowly Rutgers.
  • Is Indiana trying to play mind games with Michigan State’s vaunted defense for homecoming in East Lansing?
  • The Toothless Tigers so richly deserve the #1 overall pick in next year’s draft! Now will they blow it? And should they pick for need or best available?
  • Tom Izzo: “Haters gonna hate.” And Bob hates the fact that some numbskulls are picking on Tom’s son! Eli and Denny? They’re undecided.
  • Those stories, the “bullying of Bryce,” our weekly mailbag and much more coming up right here.

Episode 73: That’s the Problem, Mr. Gibson — YOU’VE Got the Money!

He’s Entitled!

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

  • Michigan at Wisconsin: if the Wolverines lose, is the season over for all intents and purposes? Denny thinks so.
  • And could Harbaugh’s stay in Ann Arbor soon be over too? Whatever, Eli talks about what Jim has REALLY meant to the U-M!
  • Wanna see that game AND MSU’s game? You CAN’T — thanks to some idiots at The Big 13 + Rutgers office!
  • Antonio Brown steals a page from “The Book of Gibby:” creditors are pissed at AB cuz HE’S got the money!
  • The Eli Manning Era looks like it’s coming to a close as rookie QB Daniel Jones takes the Giants’ helm. Is Eli a TRUE Hall of Famer?
  • RIP long-time Tigers’ coach Alex Grammas. The boys reminisce about Sparky and all his bo-bos.
  • Denny McLain a BS artist?! No way — uh, right, gang? With a little help, Bob catches him in the act!
  • Eli with Wings’ defenseman Mike Green:  the Wings COULD make the playoffs.
  • Those stories, how to win (maybe!) at NFL gambling, “Big Brother” Saban, VENMO(?) and much more right here.

Episode 70: Wanna Win ALL Your NFL bets? Have WE Got a tip for YOU!

They Put The Point Spread And The Over-Under Right On The Screen

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

  • Even Denny has now adopted Bob’s moniker. HE’S finally had enough of the pathetic FL’s too!
  • The Antonio Brown fiasco has ended — we think. Tom Brady wants to babysit him at his home! But would it work?
  • If Michigan has to go to double OT to beat Army at home, (GULP!) what’s gonna happen AT Wisconsin in two weeks?
  • Big win for Michigan State over Western? Big DEAL says Bob, who utterly destroys his own alma mater — again!
  • Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard talks with Eli and Bob about his future.
  • The Toothless Tigers hit the 100 mark — losses, that is! Which “rebuild” is going better: the Tigers’ or Wings’?
  • Dave Dombrowski won a World Series less than a year ago — and the idiotic Sawx fire him! Back to the Tigers now?!
  • The U.S. Open wrapped up with victories by Bianca Andreescu and Rafael Nadal, who Bob believes is better than Roger.
  • And both Denny AND Eli take a gambling BATH over the weekend! Those stories plus much more right here.