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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 47: “ET TU, BRUTE?” Er, C.C? More Hall of Fame Silliness from MLB.

Photograph of CC Sabathia in New York Yankees uniform pitching a ball.

Is he a lock for the Hall Of Fame? 

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

  • The NBA Draft is upon us and Bob claims Zion is the biggest “sure thing” since Shaq! What can the Pistons expect at #15? 
  • Meanwhile, the NHL Draft is Friday. Rest assured that Stevie Y WILL get a terrific player — or three.
  • Turns out Big Papi was shot due to “mistaken identity.” Denny calls “BS” and sez he’s stickin’ to HIS story!
  • Zimmermann gives up three runs in four innings in his first start since April. DR. McLain’s solution remains — BOWL!
  • Still another Baseball HOF controversy is now brewing. If JACK MORRIS is in, then why not others too?
  • Megan Rapinoe refuses to participate in the national anthem at the World Cup. Eli and Denny respond.
  • And black kids soon playing baseball in droves again? If so, Michigan coach Erik Bakich may have something to do with that!
  • Those stories 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 39: Denny Brawls & Eli to be Exiled to the Isle of Lesbos?!

“Somebody threw a ball into the stands and injured a woman.”

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

  • OMG! Eli’s REALLY done it now!!! Will Denny and Bob suspend him from the show?!
  • Juwan Howard is IN at Michigan. What will it all mean immediately — and in five years?
  • The Ilitch family remains under fire for mishandling District Detroit. Is Chris Ilitch in over his head?
  • Magic versus — whom? — Rob Bleeping Pelinka? And WHO won that power struggle again?
  • “Gloria” propels the Blues to the Stanley Cup Finals. And don’t say Bob didn’t warn you about Dylan Larkin.
  • Tigers? UGH. The boys wanna talk about the ’68 Tigers instead and The Big Trade that was never made.
  • Those stories and much more right here!

 

Episode 32: Denny’s Autograph Seeker Stalks The Studio

This is the industry known as Dennis Dale McLain.

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

  • The boys break down the two-thousand-nineteen (twenty-nineteen, dammit!) NFL Draft.
  • 93-year old Mrs. Ford and her two daughters were in the FL’s war room! Did they (gulp) call any of the shots?!
  • Knock, knock. “Who’s there?” “A guy.” “A guy WHO?” A guy who demands to see Denny right now during the show!
  • Eli deservedly unhappy that he wasn’t interviewed for a new doc on the ’84 Tigers.
  • Just par for the course with the (mostly) lame Detroit sports media? Bob blows up on that subject — again.
  • Why all the strikeouts in MLB, Eli with a baseball rules check, thumbs up on Draymond, down on Babs — and much more right here.

Photo credit: Lathan Goumas/The Herald News

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!

Episode 25: PAYING the “Student-Athletes:” The Boys Really Duke It Out!

Tom Izzo desperately wants to be considered an elite coach.

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

  • Michigan State readies for a possible national title! But can they beat Texas Tech? And will Tom be on his best behavior — or not?
  • Former Detroit News columnist, Detroit 97.1 radio talk show host and MSU reporter Terry Foster joins the guys with his thoughts.
  • Meanwhile, the topic of paying college athletes roars on and leads to a fiery debate among Eli, Denny and Bob.
  • It’s the home-opening series of the year for the Tigers. Denny remembers a really crappy — uh, literally — Tigers opening day of his own!
  • Other MLB topics? Ron Darling pops off — but is he lying? The $300-million man punks out.
  • The wives of Eli and Denny speak out.
  • Should the Wings really “Lose for Hughes?” Might the Pistons do better to lose — period?
    Those stories and much more — right here!