November 27, 2019
Long before Russell Wilson was leading the Seahawks, Jim Zorn was the very first quarterback of the team back in 1976. He’s had a storied career which has come full circle as he prepares to take on another role as Seattle’s first to ever do it. Jim is the first coach and general manager of the XFL’s Seattle Dragons. On this week's Silvi Knows Podcast, we spend the first 10 minutes talking about all things Dragons, including the new XFL football.
Zorn then takes us through his first days playing for the expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976 under head coach Jack Patera (10:20) and how Patera had to tailor the offense around a scrambling quarterback known by some as "The Lefty Fran Tarkenton" (11:50). Zorn talks about his most memorable scrambles, (12:30) and his improbable rise as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975 (16:00). Throw in the days of 100-degree temperatures at training camp with no water (25:00), some admittedly cheesy pictures and promotions back in the day (26:30) and Zorn's use of a Slip And Slide to teach quarterbacks how to slide (25:40), and you have this week's Silvi Knows Podcast.
November 19, 2019
If you hear the name Anthony Ray, it likely won't sound as familiar as Sir Mix A Lot, but they are one in the same. The Grammy award winning recording artist joins us on the podcast this week to talk about his tremendous career that took off in the early 90's with the Billboard number one hit, "Baby Got Back." He talks about the origin of that song as well as the controversy that followed (3:00), and just how he came up with the name Sir Mix A Lot (12:00). Mix also tried his hand at acting. He tells a story he's never shared before about a run-in he had with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese on the set of the film, Casino (16:30). Mix also shares some funny stories about ill-advised purchases he made when he hit it big (22:00).
One thing about Mix, he is Seattle through and through, especially when it comes to the sports scene. He reminisces about the Sonics (40:30), a courtside experience with Gary Payton (45:50) his take on Seahawks fans (48:10) and a funny impression of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announcing his new contract on Twitter, while in bed with his wife Ciara (52:22).
Mix is a talented artist with an engaging personality and it all comes through on this week's podcast.
November 13, 2019
Some fans believe Paul Moyer belongs in the top 10 of the toughest Seahawks of all time. There is one story in this week's Silvi Knows Podcast that will back that up (35:00). Moyer played seven seasons in Seattle, after signing as an undrafted safety out of Arizona State. He played with some of the biggest names in franchise history and remembers his rookie days learning from Hall of Famer Kenny Easley and Ring of Honor member Dave Brown (16:00).
Moyer followed up his playing career with five years on the Seahawks coaching staff working for the great Chuck Knox, who back in the day was adamant about not spending a high draft pick on a certain quarterback. Turns out Chuck was right (27:00). Moyer shares stories of his playing days and his coaching days, including one long season on the staff of the worst team in Seahawks history (41:00).
There are humorous stories, like the months Moyer spent studying VHS tapes to learn how to beat teammate Dave Krieg in billiards (20:00) or winning money during the Dash For Cash days, implemented by longtime Seahawks assistant Rusty Tillman (45:00).
Moyer continues to lend his insight to radio broadcasts on Seahawks game days, proving 36 years after signing his first contract with the Seahawks, he still bleeds blue and green.
November 6, 2019
Luke Aikins hasn't done it all in the air, but he certainly has an impressive resume when it comes to aerial feats. In this week's podcast, Aikins talks about some of his accomplishments, most notably his nationally televised jump in 2016 when he became the first skydiver to land safely without a parachute (3:00). He's had over 20,000 jumps, but his next one promises to be nothing short of amazing. He talks about that upcoming event he calls, Ghost Rider (13:00), which is scheduled for a national broadcast next spring. It involves two airplanes nosediving without pilots, but we'll let Aikins take it from there.
His star is rising in Hollywood, too. Aikins talks about his work as a stunt coordinator for an upcoming superhero movie, as well as his work on Iron Man 3, Godzilla and as an aerial photographer on Fast and Furious 7 (24:30). This third generation skydiver talks about the fastest growing part of the sport - wingsuits (28:20).
Aikins has met some of the best in the business, including Travis Pastrana (31:00) - two guys who have endless stories of thrill rides. The closest I'll get to those rides is this podcast.