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Episode 204: Good-bye, 2020: UGH! Good-bye, ELI?

Photo image of a person pushing the 0 from 2020 off a cliff

It’s hard to separate sports from reality.

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

  • Happy New Year, everybody, as we ALL look ahead with hope for better days to come.
  • Maybe COVID didn’t hit YOU or yours. Maybe YOU made big $$$ in the market. No matter, good riddance to 2020!
  • It was a year that perhaps has triggered a major change in Eli’s very life as he’ll explain to you.
  • Denny actually became LOOPY over Saturday’s Lions’ fiasco, a game SO ridiculous that one die-hard Lions fan even …!
  • Then listen to Denny become MORE loopy when Eli reads him a quote from Tigers G.M. Al Avila.
  • HOW many TD’s in ONE GAME?! Our producer Brandon McAfee relates a tale of woe from football’s fantasy leagues.  
  • Tom Gores takes heavy flak from Eli — again — as Denny reveals how HE suffered from Gore’s hand in PRISON!
  • Remember the NFL’s CHICAGO Cardinals? Yes? The boys do, which means they — and likely YOU — are OLD!
  • Still another baseball Hall of Famer has died. Denny recalls PHIL NIEKRO and Phil’s late brother Joe. He played with both.
  • Those stories, Bob has another edition of YOUR mailbag — and much more right here!

Episode 201: “Yee-Hah!” The Wild Ride of Mike Henneman!

Mike Henneman

I went to Toledo with an attitude.

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

  • Tigers reliever, RODEO star, finding his long-lost family, marrying a teammate’s widow? What a journey for MIKE HENNEMAN!
  • Bob is APOPLECTIC, stammering in anger, spittle flying. Now the P.C. Posse’s even killed the CLEVELAND INDIANS!
  • “Champions Week?” How about “LOSERS WEEK” — courtesy of the Big Ten(14) with its cockamamie football schedule.
  • And does Ohio State really deserve to be crowned a “champion,” having played so few games?
  • Another Sunday, another loss for the Lions. Weirdly enough, Eli and Denny somehow are seeing hope for them.
  • The Tigers do NOT figure to have much hope in 2021. Maddeningly, Al Avila’s making no apologies for that.
  • Eli rants about a Detroit Pistons team that oughta wear name tags at practice just to become acquainted.
  • Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card has sold for a staggering sum! Resident sports memorabilia expert Denny explains why.
  • Both undefeated, both in the nation’s top 20, but Bob says there’s a big diff between U-M and MSU basketball.
  • Those stories, Eli with “This Day in Sports,” YOUR Mailbag segment and much more — right here!

Episode 193: One of MSU’s Greatest: “What? US Worry?”

Newspaper photo of John Miller

Just play hard, keep your mouth shut, and good things will happen.

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Bob Page and Fred Heumann filling in for Denny!

  • Was he THE best ALL-AROUND high school football player in Michigan HISTORY? Ex-MSU star JOHN MILLER guests! 
  • Is it POSSIBLE? Is what ELI saying about Jim Harbaugh the TRUTH? Or is it just WILD speculation? 
  • Meanwhile, Harbaugh has to settle on a quarterback to start at Rutgers Saturday. Could M even lose THIS game?
  • MSU has a QB controversy of a different kind. As Casey Stengel asked of his ’62 Mets, “Can’t ANYBODY here play this game?!”
  • Thanks to the amazing Matt Prater, the Lions’ playoff hopes are alive. Will that still be true after Sunday’s game at Carolina? 
  • Kim Ng is the first WOMAN GM in MLB history! The boys liken that to all the pony-tailed ZEBRAS we’re now seeing in football.
  • Nominations are out for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class. Fred has a BIG disagreement with most on who should get in!
  • Even golf wacko Eli thinks The Masters was bizarre without (sniff-sniff) “patrons.” Bob asks a good question about Tiger.
  • The NBA Draft is here. Pistons pick 7th overall! Their former and long-time TV reporter Eli Zaret is excited — NOT!!!
  • All those stories, “This Week in Sports History,” YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 189: From BO to — BODY PARTS?!

Steve Smith

What did you sell to people?!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Bob Page and Fred Huemann filling in for Denny McLain!

  • A tough day for a former MICHIGAN football star to join us, but ex-QB STEVE SMITH sucks it up and faces the music!
  • Who’da BELIEVED what happened?! Not FRED, who sez he’s never experienced anything in his career like MSU’s upset!
  • Days later it’s STILL big news: the Tigers hire A.J. Hinch! Bob already wonders how A.J. and Al Avila will get along.
  • And was Hinch and the Astros’ sign-stealing really THAT big a deal in the wake of new charges against a famous MLB manager?
  • HBO fan Eli hips us to a great new segment about baseball’s Negro Leagues on his favorite show, “Real Sports.”
  • What (lame) excuse did one of baseball’s most legendary figures once give Bob for not allowing black players in?
  • Wait til you hear how long it takes the boys to FINALLY get to the Lions! Do fans really care much about the Lions anymore?
  • Quick now: name the five greatest people you’ve EVER known. Fred puts a member of the Lions’ next opponent on HIS list!
  • Those stories, Eli has his “This Day in Sports History” and Bob has YOUR mailbag — right here.

Episode 187: WOW! What a World Series!

Photo from 2020 World Serie

All five games have been great!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain — and Lary Sorensen sitting in for Eli!

  • If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it …? No matter the ratings, MLB is on FIRE!
  • Has there EVER, in HISTORY, been a better, more entertaining baseball game than Saturday night’s?!
  • Yet Denny and Lary, BOTH ex-big leaguers, decry pitching’s new maxims — and its lack of fundamentals.
  • Is MLB’s rules committee planning to take action against one of the game’s other big changes?
  • “Ya know, the Lions coulda won that game at Atlanta, and they SHOULDA won that …” OMG! WAIT! They DID win!
  • Michigan State did NOT win Saturday, a fact not lost on MSU alumnus Bob who unleashes an EPIC RANT!
  • Bob’s even a little concerned about Michigan after its victory at Minnesota, though NO worries for M THIS week.
  • Don’t athletes have the same right to privacy we ALL should? Lary comments on a brouhaha with the New York Giants.
  • Tigers fans didn’t know his name, but sure knew his face. Bill Fundaro — AND an MSU great in our necrology.
  • Those stories, the sad tale of Peter Norman in YOUR Mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 182: Baseball Wacko? Listen to THIS Show!

Giancarlo Stanton

How many games in a row can you possibly watch?!

It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Bob Page, Denny McLain — and Lary Sorensen sitting in for Eli!

  • Two ex-MLB pitchers on one show? You won’t wanna miss Denny and Lary tell great stories, talk about the playoffs and more!
  • Oh, and BTW, boys, after watching that GARGANTUAN Giancarlo Stanton homer, what was the longest home run YOU ever gave up?
  • As the Tigers wait to find a new manager, Bob wonders if they’ve waited too long already to land the best candidates. 
  • The Lions will definitely NOT lose Sunday. They’re OFF, so get outta the house as the first step to kicking YOUR FL’s addiction! 
  • The Titans get back ANOTHER positive test for COVID-19, but Lary says the NFL STILL did the right thing in playing the season.
  • Bill O’Brien FIRED after leading (now 0-4) Houston to FOUR division titles in six years. Why not the same boldness from the LIONS?
  • With the NBA Finals possibly ending Friday, the boys look at the anatomy of WINNERS — versus LOSERS like the Pistons.
  • Steve Yzerman and the Wings selected a teenage Swede at the top of the NHL Draft Tuesday night. In Stevie Y we TRUST — so far.
  • Pro sports is a TOUGH biz indeed. Earlier in the day, Yzerman also had to make a big decision on a popular ex-MSU star.
  • Those stories, Bob has YOUR mailbag segment and much more coming up right here.

Episode 177: “Matt Patricia Looks Done Already”

Matt Patricia

Fans don’t even know what to say anymore.

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

  • Bob Page had some technical difficulties this morning, so he’s taking the day off.
  • The Detroit Lions have dropped their 11th straight game.
  • Eli rolls through every Lions coach since the 1970’s. How many more losses until Matt Patricia is FINALLY fired? Peter King says is look DONE.
  • The NFL ratings are way down and despite the reasons we laid out last week, Eli believes that the games have lost legitimacy.
  • Some MAJOR injuries in Week 2 include Saquon Barkley, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa, Christian McCaffrey, Drew Lock and others.
  • Fred Heumann joins us mid-show to rip the Lions a little bit more.
  • The guys show some
  • Ron Gardenhire has stepped down as manager of the Tigers. Who will be the next coach? The boys argue that the team won’t go anywhere until Miguel Cabrera is gone.
  • Justin Verlander may be finished as he is to undergo Tommy John surgery. Denny sees some light at the end of the tunnel.
  • ANOTHER sports guy is in trouble for criticizing ESPN’s Maria Taylor. This time, because she left Anthony Davis off the 1st, 2nd and 3rd All-NBA Teams.
  • Bryson DeChambeau destroyed the competition at the U.S. Open. We debate his unconventional play.
  • Eli with “This Day in Sports History,” the mailbag gets praise… on the mailbag, and much more right here!

Episode 175: “Gee, Bill. How Come YOUR WS Ring Looks Different?”

Bill Scherrer

My finger is still green!

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

  • MLB’s version of Dickie V — WITHOUT the mic? THAT’S the equally “enthusiastic” BILL SCHERRER of the ’84 Tigers, our guest on the show!
  • Scherrer’s Chisox have destroyed any post-season hopes Detroit had. To make it worse, Denny continues to rip virtually everything about the Tigers!
  • By the way, Monday is the anniversary of Denny’s 30th victory of the 1968 season. Mr. McLain remembers — as WE remember too.
  • And that’s the only good news we have about the Detroit Tigers, tho one FAN thinks some COULD be on the way soon!
  • Is it September? Check. NFL season underway. Check. Is it Monday? Check. Then it must be time for the LATEST “Bob Page’s Lions Lament!”  
  • Brady bombs. Belichick blazes on — NOW with Cam Newton — in the same amazing way as ever: with OR without ANY player he’s had.  
  • A bigger story: Are all the BLM demonstrations and comments going to ruin PRO FOOTBALL as SOME feel they’ve ruined the NBA?
  • Bob is not the only one now DEMANDING to know why the wusses at The Big (14) Ten won’t allow football when almost everyone else IS!
  • How can this be? One “U.S. Open” ends. The other “U.S. Open” now BEGINS?! Just part of our Wacky World.
  • Eli has “This Day in Sports History,” Bob’s got YOUR mailbag segment — and we’ve got much more right here!

Episode 166: DICKIE V is BACK, Baybee: a TRUE “PTP-ah!”

Dick Vitale

Big fella, give us some hope!

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

  • DICK VITALE joins the boys again for A LOTTA laughs and memories. The REASON he’s back couldn’t be more serious.
  • As expected, The Big Ten (14!) has canceled its upcoming football season. Perhaps UNexpected? HUGE pushback!
  • U-M football star, NFL Pro Bowler, Hollywood actor! Now the amazing life of Dwight Hicks takes a different turn.
  • The Tigers are in playoff contention, or at least WERE before a spate of injuries. Is it time NOW to call up the kids?
  • Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer has a strange match-up in the White Sox’ lineup. Think Denny versus Bill Freehan!
  • Astros hitting coach Alex Cintrón suspended twenty games(!) for his role in a big brawl. What did he say that was so BAD?
  • A SIX-HOUR NHL playoff game with a goalie making HOW MANY saves?! Tampa eventually beat Columbus.
  • But the NY Rangers had a much bigger win: the Alexis Lafrenière sweepstakes. OUTRAGE in hockey circles follows!
  • Eli has “This Day in Sports History,” Bob’s got YOUR mailbag — and we’ve got much more right here!

Episode 165: Tigers Fan Fave Steve Kemp: What MIGHT Have Been.

Steve Kemp at bat

I was confident, but I wasn’t arrogant.

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

  • Just ONE hit away from Cooperstown? Maybe. One ACCIDENTAL “hit” in the EYE! STEVE KEMP joins the boys.
  • The Tigers were rolling after a sweep of the Pirates — despite the struggling Matt Boyd. Denny breaks down his problems.
  • Did MLB even consider this: can a team still go the playoffs if COVID-19 cancels a BIG part of its short season?
  • By the time you hear this show, college football may be canceled — at least until next spring
  • And programs will be so cash-strapped they’re now begging season ticket holders to donate anyway.
  • Another week, another big-time recruit escapes from right under Jim Harbaugh’s nose.
  • NOW Jimmy’s also upset his top rival who vows ugly REVENGE whenever Michigan and Ohio State do play!
  • Collin Morikawa wins the PGA Championship at 23 and the golf world has its LATEST “New Tiger!” But Bob has a reminder.
  • Eli has “This Day in Sports History,” Bob’s got YOUR Mailbag and — dig THIS: Denny invites ALL OF YOU over to his house!
  • Those stories and much more coming up right here!