Stephen A Smith

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!