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Episode 95: DIRECT from Hamtramck AND MLB — It’s “WIMPY!”

Tom Paciorek (Hawk and Wimpy)

You never lose a nickname! 

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

  • FUNNY guy, GREAT personality! Tom Paciorek shoulda been a media star after his MLB career! Wait. He WAS! And he’s our GUEST!
  • A special thanks from Denny to YOU and to so many others for the condolences pouring in over Sharon’s passing.
  • Sweet Lou failed again with HOF Vets Committee voters. An injustice? Did his personality cost him? 
  • Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller DID get in but Bob attacks Miller for MLB’s money INSANITY. Eli and Denny attack Bob BACK!
  • And those two big bullies ALSO air it out with poor Bob on Ken Harrelson, who MAY be about to go in!
  • The boys are NOT getting along! Eli gets BIG pushback from Bob: won’t he PLEASE stop talking so much about the FL’s?!
  • And Mr. Z recaps, uh, some kind of heavyweight title fight this weekend. Quick now! Name ANY current champ you can!
  • It’s U-M (gulp!) vs Alabama in ONE bowl game and MSU (gulp!) vs Wake Forest and its hi-powered offense in another.
  • Eli takes us on a (comical) tour of some of the VERY BIG bowl games on the slate for lucky US.
  • PLUS, a WOMAN head coach in the NBA(?!), M and MSU basketball, YOUR comments in the mailbag and more right here!

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 93: Count Dennis Franklin Among UNHAPPY M Grads!

Dennis Franklin in U of M football game

It’s never gonna go away.

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

  • ANOTHER humiliating Ohio State beatdown of Michigan! Ex-star QB Dennis Franklin discusses that and MORE with us!
  • Denny has an, uh, interesting explanation for OSU’s dominance. Eli and Bob strongly disagree!
  • Did Bob overreact in saying (yelling!) that what happened Saturday was a “disgrace?” Eli thinks so.
  • Yippee! Michigan State is now “bowl eligible” after fans deserted the sunken ship for Saturday’s win.
  • But better things should be ahead for MSU basketball as a battle with Duke looms.
  • And what a job by U-M in winning a holiday tourney in the Bahamas! Now it’s #1 Louisville — on the ROAD.
  • Denny rips the Tigers’ coaching staff collective new ones on a subject he knows a LOT about!
  • Did the hockey world overreact to Calgary’s firing of ex-Wings’ assistant Bill Peters?
  • The FL’s made fools of themselves again on Thanksgiving. Who is the QB now? Bob asks, “Why not Kaepernick?!”
  • PLUS, MNF starring IMUS and McLAIN (?!), YOUR mailbag, Eli and Denny wage WAR against studio invaders and more!

Episode 92: It’s Here at LAST: THE Game! We’ve ALL Been Waiting!

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

  • It’s Michigan-Ohio State week! Ex-Wolverines great Reggie McKenzie joins us to talk all about it AND, of course, O.J.!
  • Whose home game WAS it last Saturday — Michigan’s or Indiana’s? 
  • MSU rolls in Jersey and Bob’s no longer alone in DESTROYING Rutgers. He gets a big hand after RU’s latest humiliations. 
  • A “new low” for the FL’s? BALDERDASH! Sunday’s LATEST humiliating loss still can’t compare with 0-16!
  • Meantime, the fallout grows deeper in Detroit AND in D.C. WHY won’t the Fords and Little Danny just sell and go AWAY?!
  • Eli reports that the NBA may be looking to make big changes by adding a — WHAT?
  • Both U-M and MSU are in holiday basketball tourneys, but a BIG blow to MSU has Izzo talking about something else!
  • Fire Jeff Blashill NOW as the Wings’ embarrassing collapse continues? The boys differ but only Stevie Y can DO it.
  • MLB? Are managers almost becoming obsolete? Denny GOES OFF on the Yankees’ new WOMAN hitting coach!
  • Those stories plus YOUR mailbag segment 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 89: Has John Wangler got Great Stories? You Betcha!!!

I have no regrets…and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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

  • Former U-M star QB John Wangler was an MSU FAN?! Bo told him WHAT?! You HAVE to hear this interview!
  • Bob also grills Wangs on Ohio State’s domination AND MSU’s domination of Michigan.
  • Meanwhile, Denny thinks the Spartans have a puncher’s chance Saturday in Ann Arbor. Bob does NOT!
  • With 11 wins (!) de Grom cops his second straight Cy Young. You-know-who has some words to say about THAT too!
  • The Astros caught in another sign-stealing scandal and Eli is furious! But isn’t this just part of baseball? 
  • Colin Kaepernick is working out for NFL teams this weekend. Will the FL’s grab him? Will anyone?
  • Eli had some inside gambler’s info on Tuesday’s Pistons/Heat game and tipped off Denny! How’d it work out?
  • Will Myles Powell play against MSU Thursday or not? Did Seton Hall LIE about his status?
  • The Don Cherry fallout is stronger than ever! What does HNIC do now?
  • Those stories, a big development in Eli’s chicken sandwich report, YOU on our mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 88: Jay Vincent’s “Long Strange Trip!”

Jay Vincent in MSU Spartan uniform

I wanted everyone to see what I went through.

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

  • From national champion to the NBA — to PRISON — and back:  ex-Michigan State star Jay Vincent joins the boys.
  • A special thanks to our servicemen and women on Veterans Day. How did Eli, Denny & Bob never serve, btw?
  • Former MSU and Lions wideout Charles Rogers is dead at 38! Shocked — but not really surprised? Us too. 
  • Ya know, the FL’s coulda won that game at Chicago. In fact, they SHOULDA won it and they WOULDA won it … (yawn)
  • Ohio State All-American Chase Young suspended by the NCAA — excuse us, for WHAT?!
  • Grapes’ Wrath (ouch) has him in hot water on Hockey Night in Canada. Is the end approaching now? 
  • Looks like the end of the Wings’ sad season may have been given a reprieve thanks to the latest Stevie Y deal.
  • Quick now! What major sports event was played Sunday? All three of the boys whiffed on this one!
  • More controversy in the Terrible Tigers’ front office. Is Al Avila at fault for THIS as well?
  • And were we too hard in our criticism of Clemson? THAT is in our mailbag segment plus 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 86: Bobby Hull: It Was the Biggest Disappointment of My Life

Bobby Hull in Blackhawks uniform

Something happened that those of us who saw it will never, ever forget.

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

  • The Golden Jet himself, Bobby Hull, joins the boys to discuss his amazing life in hockey, rivalries with Howe and other all-time greats and much MORE!
  • If it’s Monday it must be time for “Bob Page’s Lions Lament!” Bob sez, “Ya know, the FL’s coulda won that game at Oakland and they SHOULDA … and they WOULDA …!”
  • Now that woeful Maryland’s been disposed of, the FUN starts for Michigan: Michigan State and Ohio State are in clear view up the road.
  • NO fun for MSU these days, though. What ELSE can go wrong, you ask? Spartan fans already KNOW the answer.
  • So, from now on it’s all about Michigan State BASKETBALL as the top-ranked team in America readies for #2 Kentucky!
  • Does Tom Izzo’s 5-8 son Steven (1.5 points per game in high school) really deserve a spot on the Spartans’ roster? Eli and Denny say “NO!”.
  • Stephen Strasburg decides to opt out of his contract with a World Championship team — to make even HUGER bucks.
  • “What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?!” Will Red Wings’ coach Jeff Blashill soon learn the painful answer?
  • The Pistons are holding their own — thanks to the great play of Andre Drummond. But what happens when he LEAVES after this season?
  • Those stories, RIP Al Bianchi, we feature YOU on our weekly mailbag and look ahead at our next show with Tiger great Alan Trammell — right here!

Episode 85: Mr. McLain, Do You GAMBLE on Baseball?!

I had a great night with that home run!

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

  • So, does Denny still have such little respect for “Mercenary Max” Scherzer NOW? 
  • The boys wrap up the World Series and pull no punches about the umpiring and managing we saw.
  • And to think that Denny picked the Nats to win it all! Rest assured, he’s NOT too shy to mention that — or his BETS!
  • The FL’s go to Oakland to face the Raiders with a ONE-GAME win streak! Exciting! But Bob sez fans know what usually comes next.
  • Michigan and Michigan State have byes this Saturday. Well, the Wolverines, ya know, TECHNICALLY …
  • Meanwhile, the broken record keeps skipping: still MORE trouble for MSU off the field.
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan high school hoops superstar Emoni Bates has landed on the COVER of S.I. — at age 15! Too much, too soon?
  • Eli strikes out on the meaning of “load management” in sports. Oh, you too? You likely won’t be happy to learn what it is.
  • Boo-Hoo! The Pistons are under .500 cuz they have injuries. So how have the Raptors flown out of the gate without Kawhi?
  • Plus Gary McCord surprised, unhappy by his firing at CBS, we hear from YOU in our weekly mailbag and much more right here!