Wayne Fontes

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 103: Cash ‘n Cousins: MSU WOWS on the Weekend!

Cassius Winston and Kirk Cousins

They’re young men, and they get excited.

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

  • Don’t you worry, gang — it’s baaaaack! Though YOUR weekly mailbag never actually went away.
  • NFL Playoffs? SO much to talk about from “Private” Kirk to Brady & Brees failing to — what else? — controversial officiating.
  • Off the field Jerry finally makes a decision to bleep or get off the pot! Could Lions legend Joe Schmidt have coached for him?
  • U-M loses two more KEY players though they’re may not be ready for the NFL. A sign of unhappiness with Harbaugh?
  • Michigan State humiliates Michigan AGAIN. Eli’s already asking, “Is Juwan too nice a guy?” Bob: “Just you WAIT!”
  • The Pathetic Pistons reach a new nadir: TWENTY of their shots blocked in a single game! 
  • The PP’s are still not as awful as the Red Wings, who’ve now lost 20 of their last 23! Bob has a FULL report.
  • Yet Denny argues from experience that the young Wings will NOT be ruined by this horrendous losing.
  • Oh — and he’s really not happy about the cancellation of TigerFest this winter! 
  • Those stories and much more coming up right here!

Episode 99: Ray Scott: I Could NEVER Coach in Today’s NBA!

Ray Scott in Piston's uniform

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

  • The NBA a “BUSH LEAGUE?!” It sure WAS and a man who lived the era, ex-Piston Ray Scott, joins us to talk about it all.
  • Yep, the FL’s lost again, but now FL’s ADDICTS are EXCITED about a high draft pick! Bob sez they’ll just blow it anyway.
  • What is the best football broadcast team YOU’VE ever heard? We’ll tell you about OUR pick.
  • Would Urban Meyer really coach the Cowboys? Simple question/answer? NO, as Eli and Denny gang up on Bob AGAIN! 
  • Denny and Bob even duke it out on baseball’s new computer umpiring. Mr. McLain seems to be singing a new tune.
  • The Tigers have a couple new free-agent signees but the question persists: does Al Avila have a CLUE what he’s doing?
  • Super-agent Scott Boras is now guaranteed a cool $50 million for this past MONTH! His CLIENTS signed for a BILLION!
  • Trouble for Minor League Baseball? There’ll be trouble for ALL if MLB puts more than 40 MiLB teams out of business!
  • If you’re a basketball fan you likely watch the NBA — but millions AREN’T. Would an in-season tourney aid TV ratings?
  • Those stories, the Dead Wings with their “Coach for Life,” YOUR 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 94: The Red Baron Himself Reminisces!

Red Berenson in Red Wings uniform

Life is good!

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

  • A somber note to start this show: Denny is not with us due to the death of his beloved wife Sharon.
  • Eli recounts in moving detail their long-time — and up-and-down — love story.
  • But the great Red Berenson IS with us on so MANY historic hockey moments he was part of, the Wings, U-M and MORE!
  • U-M and MSU basketball BOTH utterly HUMILIATED Tuesday night! But Bob says the two losses were VERY different.
  • Does Michigan football really want to (GULP) play ALABAMA in a bowl game?! Ohio State redux?
  • Could another new twist on MSU’s Larry Nassar disaster leave MSU declaring BANKRUPTCY?! 
  • He said, HE said? Bob’s interaction with powerful MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson has created some waves!
  • NFL coaches are on the hot seat — but not Matt Patricia? Eli has lowlights of the early years of many FL’s coaches.
  • Babs SMEARED for mistreatment of ex-players like Johan Franzen, but wouldn’t the Wings STILL be better off with him NOW?
  • PLUS, whither the Pistons? Rudy T once WOWED Eli but ATTACKED Bob(!), YOUR mailbag and much more right here!

Thanksgiving Day Special

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

• Please enjoy some highlights from Lions greats Wayne Fontes and Jason Hanson! Happy Thanksgiving!

Episode 91: The Life of an NFL kicker? Jason Hanson Tells All!

It starts with the snap.

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

  • Kickers are ALWAYS the best — interviews! You’ll hear that for yourself as ex-Lions’ star Jason Hanson joins the boys.
  • The FL’s play the Crummy Game of the Week vs. the PUTRID Redskins featuring TWO bungling owners, a man and WOMAN each.
  • LA and Baltimore have a key MNF matchup but a former Raven ain’t gonna help his new team! Eli and Denny are surprised.
  • College football: Bob repeats his prediction for the Michigan-Michigan State game: Michigan will ALSO “kill” Indiana!
  • And are you ready for The Big One? It’s MSU at mighty Rutgers! As usual, Mark Dantonio himself overshadows all.
  • DEATH threats to college players! Do a few nut-jobs take these games, played by mere kids, too seriously? DUH.
  • The winningest coach in Wings’ history, Mike Babcock, FIRED in Toronto! A case of history repeating itself?
  • The Pistons’ Don Casey embattled as well! Is HE to blame for the team’s pathetic lack of effort?
  • Kalamazoo’s own Derek Jeter and 18 others debut on the Hall of Fame ballot. Is it finally Sweet Lou’s time?
  • On YOUR Mailbag segment: “Dammit, take a chill pill, Eli!” Those stories and much 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 80: Ty Cobb to Denny and HIS generation: You Guys Suck!

These Kids Don’t Know How To Play The Game

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

  • Oh, the homers, the strikeouts, etc. in the MLB playoffs! Denny: It’s a different game. Bob: And blah, blah, blah.
  • And the baseballs themselves! “Wouldn’t It be NIce?” if everyone would just stop bitchin’ cuz “It’s Kind of a Drag.”
  • Denny finally goes to school on a future Hall of Famer — just one of the MANY baseball topics we’ve got for you.
  • Matt Stafford is on the cusp of breaking MORE records as the FL’s go to play — Bob’s favorite team? 
  • No matter any one result, Eli’s also had enough of the FL’s and harkens back to the glorious 50’s — all we have left!
  • The new “biggest game of Harbaugh’s Michigan career” looms at Happy Valley this Saturday.
  • While Michigan State MAY be playing — WHEN they play –the FINAL games of Mark Dantonio’s career.
  • Bo and his presidency of the Tigers: the boys have plenty of stories on that — none that would make Bo proud!  
  • Eli’s been TRYING to tell us so: a younger Steve Yzerman really WAS a big pain in the, uh — butt!
  • Those stories — the Wings desperate already?– and much more coming up right here.

Episode 79: Comin’ Up ROSE-y as Charlie Hustle Joins the Boys!

The Hit King Joins No Filter Sports

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

  • PETE ROSE with us for a frank and wide-ranging interview — but one of his predictions sure was a stinker!
  • Bob’s in Detroit and went to see LCA, the Wings, Pistons AND to learn who’s listening to us — and who’s not YET.
  • Wild stuff in MLB’s Playoffs! WE bust it down and Denny busts it UP by slamming a NUMBER of participants!
  • More P.C. insanity in sports, from the Braves wussing out to SOME NBA-types following suit!
  • With another college football weekend here, MSU’s problems are more OFF the field than ON at Wisconsin.
  • Should Michigan revamp its offense for mere Illinois or WAIT for the Penn State game? We have a DISAGREEMENT here.
  • Meanwhile, a different kind of controversy’s going on in Happy Valley. The coach handles it; Eli and Bob are STILL pissed!
  • It’s the Mystics versus the Sun for all the marbles tonight! Uh, WHO? And for what “marbles?” 
  • And Denny was working WHERE? Doing WHAT?! Those stories and much more coming up right here.