Ted Williams

Episode 114: Jason “Rooftop” Thompson: My Life in Baseball

Jason Thompson batting

The old guys call me Rooftop, the younger kids have no idea who I am!

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

  • JASON THOMPSON joins the boys who ask why Sparky got rid of him, what it was like to be part of “Birdmania” and much more!
  • Mel Tucker is the new MSU football coach. You say Michigan media people were SOFT on this story? WE will NOT be!
  • Ah, those “student-athletes.” Two football players banished from Ohio State over rape allegations!
  • Is MLB going to update its playoff format to 14 teams — and pick your OWN opponent?! Denny has an alternative.
  • The Astros’ sign-stealing is still making folks angry — and Denny’s even angrier about Pete Rose asking back in. 
  • Are the FL’s really going to trade Matthew Stafford? How much could they get for him at this point?
  • Eli says the Pistons are worth a BILLION dollars more than Tom Gores paid for them! Bob explains why he REALLY wanted the team.
  • “Screaming” Tom Izzo MAY have righted his sinking ship with a big win at Illinois.
  • But don’t blame Northwestern for losing to Michigan’s basketball team. The Mildcats do things the right way.
  • Those stories, Denny McLain, golf hustler as part of YOUR mailbag segment plus MORE right here.

Episode 98: The Boys Put Lou Whitaker in a TALKATIVE Mood!

Lou Whitaker in Detroit Tigers uniform holding a bat on his shoulder

He hasn’t done any radio or TV interviews in a long time.

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

  • Sweet Lou Whitaker joins us! On not being in the HOF: “THEY didn’t see me play every day, THEY don’t know!” 
  • The Ford family meets with Jeff Bezos on selling the FL’s and Eli’s scoop makes lotsa news! Ah, if only …
  • Surprisingly, Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia will be back next year! Who’s running this FL circus anyway? Bob clues us in.
  • We’ve ALL waited so long — and now the bowl season is here! YOU won’t wanna miss a thrilling moment (wink, wink).
  • The Dead Wings just keep on losin’ — on AND off the ice as the Pistons simply LOSE.
  • Cassius Winston bounces back to lead the Spartans while Michigan gets ready for — uh, WHOM?!
  • A happy 85th to the great Al Kaline! Quick: what’s the first name that comes to mind when you hear “Detroit Tigers?”
  • Excited about new Tigers catcher Austin Romine? Bob explains why you shouldn’t be.
  • Drew Brees broke a big record in spectacular fashion. Eli sez Brady’s still the “GOAT.” Denny sez he ain’t!
  • Those stories, the weekly mailbag and much more — right here

Episode 97: Will Jeff Bezos Buy the Lions?!

Jeff Bezos

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

  • Will Jeff Bezos buy the Lions?! https://www.si.com/nfl/lions/news/rumor-jeff-bezos-has-visited-detroit-twice-to-talk-about-buying-lions/Bob tells why that might NOT happen.
  • He’s the proud owner of a USFL championship ring AND played in TWO Super Bowls: Ray Bentley is with us today!
  • Ray’s Michigan Panthers lead into old USFL stories and the VERY famous owner not ALLOWED to buy an NFL team.
  • Other NFL stories? Is the “R word” now a firing offense? And what’s wrong with “white women?!”
  • One NFL NON-story? The FL’s lose their seventh straight. But why count — other than the days til Matt’s gone?
  • Oregon conquers Ann Arbor and Bob didn’t like what he saw in Saturday’s game, particularly from Juwan. 
  • Is ONE reason MSU has been so disappointing the personal tragedy of its star player?
  • The Army-Navy game under fire for a televised “white supremacy” sign from two cadets. Or WAS it that?
  • LSU QB Joe Burrow has won the Heisman, a trophy Eli disdains. He’ll tell you why.
  • He also RAVAGES what USED to be Sports Illustrated. Those stories, YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Episode 96: Now, Now, Boys! Stop Fighting! Behave Yourselves!

Baseball covered in dollar bills with red stitching

Are you guys coming over to my side in this debate?!

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

  • Strasburg, Cole and Rendon sign deals worth $824,000,000!!! Eli and Denny: SO? Bob: What about the FANS?!
  • Great news! The Toothless Tigers are FINALLY ready to rebuild! So claims Al Avila. Do you trust him? Denny doesn’t.
  • Al also sez the Tigers’ venerable UNIFORMS will look different in 2020? HUH?! HOW?
  • What was that “award” Keith Olbermann used to give? The Worst Person in the World? Do Eli and Denny have a nominee for YOU!
  • Two of MSU’s biggest names clash! Resident BOWLING expert Denny says HE knows which side HE’S on.
  • Whatever happened to ex-Michigan coach Brady Hoke? Bob explains why they WON’T be holding any benefits for him.
  • Michigan basketball? Don’t say Bob didn’t warn you about that Illinois game on the ROAD, while he RIPS the U-D!
  • Meanwhile, John Beilein’s got major problems in Cleveland. Why on EARTH did he leave the U-M?
  • Megan Rapinoe awarded SI’s SportsPERSON of the year, then really pops off at the ceremony! Was she right?
  • Those stories, our weekly mailbag featuring YOUR thoughts and much more right here!

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 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 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 68: The DEATH of one your kids: may it NEVER happen to you!

Ken Daniels, Detroit Red Wings Play by Play Announcer

Life will never be the same. 

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

  • TV voice of the Red Wings Ken Daniels joins us with a surprising prediction about the Wings’ coming season!
  • He, Eli & Denny have one TRAGIC thing in common: each had a child die. They all open up about it.
  • It’s another no-hitter for JV who joins other Al Avila give-aways now tearing it up in MLB.
  • Well, at least they both WON! Our recap of last weekend’s Michigan and Michigan State games.
  • Among NFL roster cuts? Teez Tabor — still ANOTHER blown high draft pick by the FL’s!
  • Bob asks if LeBron were drunk or high — or BOTH in his embarrassing “Taco Tuesday” rant. 
  • Ripping poor Coco Gauff to shreds? That’s like ripping Santa Claus — yet Denny does it anyway!
  • We’ve got the weekly mailbag with YOUR comments & questions. Call us too at (760) 89-BALLS!
  • And two out of three college basketball coaches would just say NO to Trump. Those stories and more right here.

Episode 65: God Bless America, Rudy! How on EARTH Did You Do It?!

Ok, he had perseverance and all that stuff…

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

  • Eli RIPS Rudy Ruettiger (nicely) as the former Notre Dame walk-on joins us to to talk — what else? — Hollywood and ND Football.
  • Bad enough that JV somehow LOST to the Toothless Tigers, worse that he embarrassed himself afterwards.
  • They’re at it again! Ex-MLB stars with the same old, “Why, in MY day …” The MOST outspoken one will surprise you!
  • Uh, Denny, how did you give up so damn many home runs?!
  • Eli defends his use, and his many mentions here, of (gasp!) marijuana.
  • Bob asks what the hell WARP, +ERA, fWAR, rWAR, & DRA- are? He does NOT get an answer.
  • Eli asks whether NFL wideouts like AB, OBJ and many others are just naturally NUTS.
  • Those stories, more baseball and — HOW much to renovate a HOUSE? — right here! 

Episode 62: “Student-Athlete!” And He’s Being Punished for It?!

How can you punish scholarship???

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

  • (GULP!) $30,000,000 a year — and it’s (GULP!) not enough dough?! 
  • Eli seems fascinated by the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Bob is decidedly not.
  • After just one pre-season game the NFL’s list of seriously injured players is already high. 
  • Plus, helmet controversy, replay on pass interference — and will YOU be able to legally gamble on football soon? 
  • Even small local newspapers are ganging up on the Toothless Tigers now!
  • And how’s this for a switch? A great prep football player ruled ineligible because he STUDIES too much?! 
  • Those stories, the boys with some more of those old baseball stories for you and much more right here!