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Episode 137: The One and ONLY George Blaha!

George Blaha

An incredible career that started very modestly.
It’s the latest No Filter Sports Podcast with Eli Zaret, Denny McLain, and Bob Page!

He’s known all over Michigan and the NBA. For 44 years the voice of the Pistons. GEORGE BLAHA joins us today!

  • Will there BE an NBA season? The NFL says IT’S starting on time but, oh, the problems they’ll have!
  • Bob asks how owners will pay the MILLIONS they owe on guaranteed contracts with few fans and lower ticket prices.
  • ESPN’s latest episodes of “The Last Dance” expose more anger between MJ and Isiah.
  • Vegas has pitched a plan to finish the seasons for the major sports leagues. The response? Deafening silence!
  • But the odds ARE out for the FLs’ 2020 season. About as encouraging as news of their LATEST blown top draft pick.
  • MSU and U-M’s odds on winning a national championship this year? Understandable in East Lansing, HUMILIATING in Ann Arbor!
  • Meanwhile, what did Bo and Canham know — and when did they know it? Eli’s U-M sources have a LOT to say on the subject!
  • “So, Miss, I don’t know how to put this, but, uh, there’s something I’d like to ask you about your, um, physical endowments. May I?”
  • Those stories, a BIG thanks to all of you who are donating to the show, YOUR mailbag segment and much more right here!


Episode 135: “Local Boy Makes GOOD?” Makes BIG STAR!

Gus Johnson

On his way up he did all kinds of things!

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

  • Did you know that national play-by-play star Gus Johnson is from Detroit AND was a great athlete in his own right? Gus Guests!
  • Meanwhile, Denny suddenly reveals a STUNNER about one of the most beloved play-by-play men in HISTORY!
  • Larry Adderley has died. Bob’s ex-colleague at WXYZ-TV a victim of Alzheimer’s — as is ANOTHER top Detroit sportscaster.
  • Can’t ANYONE stop these bull-bleep NFL post-draft analyses? NOBODY KNOWS who had a good or bad draft! We’ll talk in FIVE YEARS!
  • The ESPN coverage itself is a BIG part of the problem. But we all watched, didn’t we? Did you like what YOU saw?
  • What does your high school kid need to gain entrance to prestigious Tulane? A damn good jump shot! We explain.
  • “The Last Dance” episodes 3 and 4 aired over the weekend featuring the Bulls vs Pistons 88′ – 91′. Had enough Rodman YET?
  • Denny tells of once facing the hardest-throwing pitcher who ever LIVED! RIP Steve Dalkowski.
  • Good news! He also says there may be hope for a legendary Tigers World Series opponent whom we’d THOUGHT to be dying.
  • Those stories, Eli — WHAT?! — uptight about YOUR Mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 128: Most loved? Most hated? Most FEARED? Our GUEST!

Former NBA Columnist Peter Vecsey

He took no prisoners. 

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

  • NBC-TV and New York Post star Peter Vecsey sets down his famous Poison Pen to join the boys on – what else?! – the NBA.
  • We gotta do it, folks – first thing EVERY show now. The latest horrors from COVID-19 AND the panic destroying our economy.
  • A “sport” still going on: video game basketball! Two young producers take three geezers by the hand and explain what THAT is!
  • Among MORE sports cancellations? Wimbledon! The British Open may be next.
  • And what if horse racing’s Triple Crown is called off? Four famous Tigers/ex-Tigers are dreading that! We’ll tell you why.
  • MORE trouble for Michigan State! THIS time it involves Tom Izzo himself and it COULD be serious.
  • Still working? Have any money coming in? How would you like to make five grand a DAY – and not HAVE to work for it?
  • That’s what’s happening for many MLB stars while the league ponders six-man starting rotations IF baseball returns soon.
  • What’s the ONE topic ALWAYS off the table among big-time athletes? Bob explains how a guy just violated it!
  • Those stories, YOUR weekly mailbag and much more right here.

Episode 109: Chris Spielman: A Football Life

Chris Spielman playing in Lions uniform

In A Violent Game, Spielman Stood Out as One of the Fiercest

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

  • With The Super Bowl almost here, ex-Ohio State and Lions star Chris Spielman is our guest on the show!
  • BOB, at least, remains in shock following the death of Kobe Bryant. Eli and Denny? Slightly different story.
  • A longtime private pilot, Denny takes us through what may have happened with the doomed helicopter.
  • Did you know Kobe was almost a Piston? We explain — while Eli says the current Pistons need to start tanking NOW!
  • MSU basketball stock? UP, despite a tough loss at Indiana. Michigan’s? DOWN. Eli’s pessimistic. Bob is  NOT.
  • Castellanos signs a big free-agent deal with Cincy. And YOU thought the Tigers smart enough to bring Nick back?!
  • Yes, the SB is indeed finally upon us. Excited? Or have you had WAY too much football at this point?
  • HUH? ANOTHER SB was played this past weekend? We explain why it was kinda like the blind leading the blind!
  • Zion Williamson getting unusual medical treatment from the Pelicans. Eli has those details.
  • Simona WHO? Is she one of those “big girls” who DO cry? Meanwhile, Tiger is back. What does it mean for golf?
  • And 2019 MIGHT not have been the worst year for Detroit sports after all. THAT’S in YOUR mailbag plus 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 60: Ex-Piston Bad Boy John Salley — on just about EVERYTHING!

Ex-Detroit Piston's player, John Salley smoking a cigar and smiling.

The biggest thing about Salley: he was an entertainer first. 

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

  • And today it’s The Clash of the Titans! John Salley joins the boys, trashes meat-eating, supports marijuana and Denny doesn’t dig it!
  • Furthermore, Denny sticks to his guns about the “REAL reason” behind the Tigers’ rebuild: HE thinks the team will be sold.
  • The Astros just playing by MLB’s new rules: you are not allowed to throw a no-hitter by yourself anymore!
  • Another tragic death in the NFL is likely due to just playing football! Is the league on its way to the fate of boxing?
  • Other NBA guys may be moving around but ex-MSU star Draymond Green knows a good thing when he sees it — HE’S staying put.
  • LeBron catching some big heat  — for merely trying to be a good father?
  • Should Curt Flood have made that catch in Game 7 of the ’68 World Series? “DUH,” according to Eli and Bob. “NO,” according to Denny.
  • Those stories, new safety nets changing baseball and much more right here!

Episode 49: Got replays? Then USE them! Got the K-Zone? Then USE it!

I wanted to see where that pitch was. 

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

  • Michigan falls to Vandy in the CWS championship. Bob wonders if a REALLY bad break didn’t change the course of the game.
  • Eli rails on the lack of respect the pathetic Tigers are showing those few fans who still come to Comerica.
  • The news on some ex-Tigers Al Avila GAVE away? Not pleasant, nor is the progress of his top minor league prospects.
  • Why so many homers in MLB this year? Denny sez, “Why, in MY day …”
  • Kevin Durant, seriously injured, turns DOWN $31.5 mil! Bob spars with Eli and Denny over KD’s intentions.
  • Another embarrassment for Michigan State? Is Mark Dantonio recruiting too many bad kids?
  • Denny & Eli quizzed on MLB’s most overrated HOF players, Bob on — huh?– M.C. HAMMER?!
  • And much more right here

 

Episode 35: Trips to the White House, Fine Dining in Jail? Denny’s Done It All!

As far as the White House goes, it is awesome. It makes no difference who the president is. 

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

  • The Tigers’ Matt  Boyd looks like a keeper — but does mad scientist Avila ever keep anybody.
  • Remember Mike Fiers? Just one more guy Al sent packing. Fiers, uh, spun a no-no this week.
  • Some of the Sawx just say “no-NO” to President Trump — and Denny rips ’em a new one.
  • More mealy-mouthed derriere-kissing from the FL’s front office.
  • The NBA Playoffs plod on with the sound of rims clanging — and drums pounding Kyrie out of Beantown.
  • A gourmet Thanksgiving feast in prison? That’s what you got if your name was Denny McLain!
  • Plus, two big controversies on the PGA Tour, Bob rips back as a couple fans rip him — and much more right here!

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Episode 29: The Boys’ Career Highs and Lows

You’re not supposed to say who we are, you’re supposed to say who we used to be!

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

  • The NBA Playoffs — or the draft lottery? Eli and Denny go at it over which is better for the Pathetic Pistons.
  • Miguel Cabrera is off to a terrible start. He’s 36 as of today. Has he lost it for good — or only until summertime?
  • And are Miggy’s off-field shenanigans hurting his game?
  • YOU, the listeners, have questions: The mystery of the 1968 Tigers’ jerseys? The high and low points of the boys’ careers? Why the lack of swearing on the podcast?
  • The new Lions schedule is out! Whoopty-damn-do. Bob goes off on his favorite whipping boys.
  • And Eli and Denny — restaurateurs?! Bob was in New York back then, thus avoiding ptomaine.
  • These stories and much more right here!