December 20, 2019
Whenever you hear Kevin Calabro's voice over the airwaves, it's easy to conclude he's probably courtside at an NBA game. He's currently in his fourth season broadcasting games for the Portland Trailblazers, but in the Seattle area, he's best known as the longtime voice of the Sonics. Calabro joins us on the Silvi Knows podcast to talk a whole lot of NBA, from the current Blazers (16:00), to his days with the Sonics and the always quotable George Karl (30:00). Calabro often gets credit for giving Sonics great Shawn Kemp his Reign Man nickname, but he sets the record straight (40:00).
It's been a long time since Calabro started his broadcasting career calling minor league hockey games in Indiana (3:00), but it was that Checkers team that gave him his first paid broadcasting job and helped lead him to tell us some humorous stories from back in the day, including a stint as an overnight disc jockey (10:30).
Calabro is one of the best in the business. He is grateful to be working for the Blazers organization and owner Jody Allen and always thankful for the opportunity afforded him by the late Paul Allen (54:30).
Will Calabro ever see a day when an NBA team returns to Seattle (36:45)? That's just one of the many topics we cover on this edition of the Silvi Knows podcast.
December 13, 2019
Jack Thompson was the third overall pick in the 1979 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and the first quarterback taken in that draft.
The former Washington State Cougar played six years in the NFL, four with the Bengals and two with Tampa Bay. Thompson joins us on the Silvi Knows podcast to talk about a record-setting college career which WSU wasted no time recognizing by retiring his number almost immediately (22:30). Thompson talks about a last-minute twist he experienced on the first day of the NFL Draft (8:38) as well as a pro career that started in Cincinnati and saw Thompson play in the second coldest game ever in the NFL (1:00). Thompson also shares funny stories along the way involving an experience with Hall of Famer Roger Staubauch (17:00), Mike Leach (41:00) and fellow Cougars Drew Bledsoe and Robbie Tobeck (27:55).
Where did his nickname "The Throwin' Samoan" come from as well as his Twitter handle "@PapaThrow? The answers lie in this week's Silvi Knows podcast.
December 4, 2019
It's time to lay off Mike Leach.
The Cougars head football coach has taken entirely too much grief over one response he gave to a reporter after the Apple Cup. Leach held roughly 50 media sessions throughout the season and answered, and this is a conservative estimate, between 750 to 1000 questions from reporters in that time. He had one response - one - when he became unglued and people lose their minds. It also came after losing the Apple Cup for a seventh straight year, so you had to figure he would be a little surly. The man is allowed to pop off every once in a while, just like every other coach and athlete in the sports world.
On this week's Silvi Knows podcast, Adam Jude of the Seattle Times joins me to discuss not only the Leach controversy (13:50), but the departure of Chris Petersen as head coach of the Washington football program (1:00) and the upcoming era under new head coach Jimmy Lake.
To top off a big week of football news, we talk about the Seahawks and their crazy surge to the top of the NFC West (29:00). It's all football all the time on this week's Silvi Knows podcast.