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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 131: SELL! No, BUY! Whither YOUR Dough?

A person's finger touching a button on a screen

I don’t think we’ll ever have an opportunity like this again.

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

  • Stand by for our big Masters recap! NOT. It WOULD have concluded Sunday but the sports world remains on hold.
  • Are the NBA and NHL playoffs about to be played soon anyway? Is the start to the MLB season?
  • Sports-starved Eli and Denny say THEY’LL watch! Bob says he WON’T; not in empty arenas and stadiums.
  • So what are SOME watching NOW? TV shows for Eli and Denny.  H-O-R-S-E with famous basketball players on national TV?!
  • Seems like Tom Brady and his agents are looking to trademark half of Tampa! Distasteful? Greedy?
  • Drew Brees has just been recruited again — but not by Purdue. Are TV sports execs crazy? WAIT. Don’t answer that.
  • RIP Doug Sanders, Glenn Beckert, Colby Cave, Tarvaris Jackson, Tom Webster, Pat Stapleton and Stirling Moss.
  • MONEY talk — YOUR money! Sponsor Luke Nowacki offers some suggestions on what you might want to do now.
  • Meanwhile, many of you have graciously offered to donate to our show in the past. We have an announcement to make.
  • In YOUR mailbag this week: ANGER at “leftist” Eli, other media people POACHING us(?!), an Al Kaline controversy
  • And it’s all coming up for you right here!

Episode 108: The Great MARK Howe: His OWN man

Mark Howe in uniform

He Was One Of The Great Defensemen

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

  • Overshadowed by his famous dad? Not much! MARK Howe, an NHL Hall of Famer in his own right, is our guest!
  • Derek Jeter’s now in the BASEBALL Hall. How could ONE guy NOT vote for him?! Bob says he has an idea.
  • We speak of two Detroiters who had a big hand in Jeter’s career and we look ahead to the class of 2021.
  • Who’s gonna go in then? Denny sez to expect the unthinkable!
  • Computerized umpiring in MLB? It’s going to be here a LOT faster than Denny thinks, whether HE likes it or not.
  • And while Al Avila is signing has-beens and never-wases, bookies are making dire predictions about his pathetic team.
  • The “student-athletes” have a busy night in Lawrence, Kansas — no doubt on their way to study hall.
  • So why don’t universities just put a stop to corrupt big-time sports? Ask ELI, who’s excited about HIS alma mater’s team! 
  • The “other” Eli retires from football. A Hall of Famer? For SURE! Whether he BELONGS is a different matter.
  • And it looks like it’s official: the Dead Wings are now mailing it in. 
  • Those stories, Denny talks of late Tigers owner John Fetzer in YOUR mailbag segment and much more right here.

Episode 105: FOOTBALL? Where Do We START Today?!

Lamar Jackson playing football

Let’s not start there…

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

  • Not embarrassed ENOUGH yet, Spartan Nation? Bob unloads on his alma mater after a Detroit News expose on MSU football.
  • He, uh, is none too happy with MSU basketball’s humiliating display at Purdue either.
  • The boys recap a WILD Sunday in the NFL playoffs and get into a near screaming match about Saturday night’s game!
  • ESPN wants to steal Tony Romo, Eli and Russell Wilson, a Dearborn PIONEER, a former “student-athlete” speaks — or TRIES to!
  • SO many football stories and, oh, btw, there ALSO is the matter of a little football game being played Monday night.
  • Sir Charles himself to the rescue of John Beilein, though nobody could quite rescue John’s ex-team on Sunday.
  • The P.C. Posse riding herd over sports too. When do nicknames, logos and mascots NEED to be changed? And when NOT?
  • What was it like to actually go to a game at the legendary shrines of The Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field? ELI knows firsthand!
  • And what was it like to know a man who broke into MLB in 1909 — with the Brooklyn SUPERBAS?! DENNY has that answer!
  • Those stories, YOUR weekly mailbag 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 52: The One and Only Dick Vitale, BAY-bee!

Illustrated portrait of Dick Vitale

He’s a basketball motivational evangelist.

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

  • The boys welcome to the show their old buddy, Dickie V! And he opens up about his life as you’ve probably never heard before.
  • A contract extension for Al Avila? Why on earth NOW?! Bob wonders if Chris Ilitch is fit to run the Detroit Tigers.
  • Miggy, Gardy, now Nick (and Cowboy West?!): Everybody’s upset these days as even opponent broadcast crews laugh at the Tigers’ mess.
  • MLB hits the all-star break with more controversy:  a BIG home plate collision leads Denny on a rant and Bob to make a suggestion.
  • Yep, sure is great that the U.S. women won the World Cup Soccer Tourney, but Eli begs for some perspective — please!
  • And NFL labor negotiations are on tap throughout July. Is a strike or a lockout inevitable next year? Maybe not.
  • Those stores and much more right here!

Episode 40: The Zen of Bill Buckner: Different Strokes for TWO Different Folks

This is a Oct. 25, 1986, black and white photo of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner during the 1986 World Series vs. the New York Mets.

A career comes down to one play.

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

  • Buckner’s untimely demise hits home with Eli, who waxes poetic on what Bill’s life was really all about. 
  • Meanwhile, Denny GOT waxed gambling on “The Buckner Game” in prison. He lost WHAT?!
  • The sports world has also lost Bart Starr, unleashing a wave of nostalgia from the boys.
  • The Tigers say they’ve “bolstered” their bullpen — but lotsa seats are empty in Comerica. Is it Casey Mize time?
  • MSU lands a new president AND a hot-shot player for Izzo.
  • Uh, and btw, where’s Juwan been lately?
  • Bob rants on the bogus “Michigan Sports Hall of Fame” and on creeping “hip-hopism” in sports.
  • Those stories, controversy over the upcoming Detroit Grand Prix and much more right here! 

Episode 26: Non-Calls are the Worst Calls

Michigan State runs into a buzz saw.

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

  • Michigan State’s out — but should Virginia be IN? 
  • The boys’ take on that big no-call — and other blown calls in sports history.
  • With the NCAA title game Monday, should Duke have even been in the tourney? 
  • What did Coach K know and when did he know it?
  • Or should Zion Williamson’s mother have been paid anyway? Should Zion?
  • A friend of Eli’s thinks he has a workable plan to settle the issue — and end all the alleged cheating in college basketball.
  • The Tigers are in first place! But they still have to pass “The Eli Zaret Litmus Test.” Bob explains.
  • The Pistons are hanging on to a playoff spot by a thread. Better off missing the postseason and getting into the lottery?
  • And who was better, Aaron — or Willie Mays, the man Denny burned in the 1966 All Star Game?
  • Those stories and much more right here!