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Since launching his career as a journalist three decades ago, Michael Silver has demonstrated an uncanny ability to connect with the sports world’s most compelling figures—and to get them to open up about their most cherished convictions and experiences. From Dennis Rodman to Anna Kournikova, from Joe Montana to Marshawn Lynch, Silver’s interview subjects have consistently delivered, and no one in his field has a more diverse and impressive array of relationships. Now the award-winning write ...
 
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The San Francisco 49ers’ star tight end weighs in on his team’s wild offseason, which he likens to “a tornado after a hurricane after a thunderstorm,” explaining which teammate “sweats olive oil” and assessing the pre-draft trade that landed quarterback Trey Lance. After addressing his Panda Express obsession in very specific fashion, Kittle talks …
 
While discussing disgruntled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a recent appearance on ESPN’s morning show, Russini managed to cast her husband in a glaringly mediocre light, leading his friends to tell him, “Yo--your wife just trucked you on TV.” After amusingly recounting that episode, Russini tells us about her childhood, from he…
 
Kid talks about growing up in The Bronx and Queens worshipping seminal rappers like Melle Mel--and later getting to hang with his idols. After landing the lead role in House Party originally intended for Will Smith (who, thanks to Kid’s regrettable business decision, ended up with a hit sitcom on NBC that vaulted him to superstardom), Kid tormented…
 
Kid describes his early experiences as a celebrity, including the time he was asked to autograph an item that offended him on a deep level. He recalls touring with Digital Underground and then-roadie/all-purpose regulator Tupac Shakur, a future superstar who was shot on the night Kid and Mike met at Derrick Thomas’ house (and died six days later). …
 
Why did Natalie get cut out of the family group chat on draft night? Did Kyle Shanahan do Matt LaFleur dirty? Can the disconnect between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers be bridged? What did Mike and John Elway do on a hotel balcony a few hours after the legendary quarterback’s last NFL game? Did Kyle change his mind about drafting Matt Jones because …
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted are ready to recap the Las Vegas Raiders 2021 Draft. After taking Alex Leatherwood in Round 1, the Raiders drafted a player that a lot of the experts thought was a steal for the Silver & Black. They traded up with the 49ers and drafted S Trevon Moehrig and hope to slot him in as a starter day 1. The guys break down the re…
 
The guys are here and ready to break down the Raiders surprising everyone and taking OT Alex Leatherwood at #17 in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. In the eyes of a lot of the experts, the Raiders made a huge reach with this pick, but the Raiders think they found their guy. Leatherwood's technique is the biggest thing that people are concerned about. He w…
 
Fresh off a recent run to the Australian Open quarterfinals, Jessie Pegula details her unlikely rise to the upper echelon of the WTA Tour… and, equally impressive, her history of unwavering support for Bills quarterback Josh Allen, even as her mother grew skeptical during his first two seasons. Jessie also outs Kim as the most competitive person in…
 
The guys are back to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft and what they think the Raiders should do with pick #17. The guys give their thoughts about a tweet from Mark Davis on the Raiders Twitter on Tuesday. The guys think there was no context to the tweet and there was a great chance of it being taken the wrong way. They also thought that not deleti…
 
A few nights before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Dimitroff hosted Silver and some of his NFL Network colleagues at his Buckhead home, treated them to some exquisitely selected bottles of expensive red wine and took them outside to try out the zip line he installed in his backyard. Drama ensued, all of which is recounted here. Dimitroff then welcomes…
 
Dimitroff shares vagabond stories from his scouting days, recalling how his VW van came in handy in the wake of 9/11--and how his dying father’s advice convinced him not to get caught up in being overly conventional. He explains the aggressive mindset that fueled his 2011 draft-night trade for wide receiver Julio Jones, and he revisits quarterback …
 
After explaining why he was drawn to Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye as the subject of a pre-draft profile, Tafur breaks down the logic (or lack thereof) behind the Raiders’ offseason moves and assesses the state of the relationship between head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr. Vic then recalls the fateful Daily Cal sports recruitment…
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted are back to talk about some of the recent Raiders moves that have raised some eyebrows. The Raiders signed Kolton Miller to an extension and they guys talk about it if they overpaid for a guy that might not be a top 5 player at his position. The Raiders also signed running back Kenyan Drake to a 2 year deal. The first yea…
 
Beginning with the backstory behind the infamous sangria photo--in the immediate aftermath of his firing by the Browns--Jackson shares a barrage of previously unreported details about his ill-fated stint with the franchise. Following a one-and-done, 8-8 season as the Oakland Raiders’ head coach in 2011, Jackson had worked his way back to prominence…
 
Eager to photograph the Rolling Stones in the early ‘70s, Zagaris talks his way onto a tour by impersonating an editor of English Vogue and never looks back. He also recalls getting caught in the crossfire of a violent clash between Led Zeppelin and iconic rock impresario Bill Graham and tells the story of a wild acid trip on San Francisco’s Ocean …
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted discuss the Raiders 2021 free agency. A look at their new signings, Yannick Ngakoue, John Brown, Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas. Players the Raiders lost in free agency. And are the raiders loading up for 2022? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Featured guest Josh Elliott tells Mike, Natalie and her younger brothers--UCSB students Greg and Robbie--how he ended up playing water polo at the school in the ‘90s and why the former Good Morning America personality still feels so connected to his alma mater. With the Gauchos set to take on Creighton in a first-round game on Saturday, Josh recall…
 
For a few blissful moments shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, young campaign staffer Michael Zagaris believed Bobby Kennedy would become President. The Senator had just won the California primary, but moments after his victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, he was assassinated--as Zagaris and others looked on in horror. In Part…
 
The boys are back and there is a lot of Raiders news to talk about heading into Free Agency next week. The Raiders earlier this week traded Trent Brown to the Patriots. The guys discuss if they think the Raiders might the right move dealing Trent. The o-line has a few more holes after a few more guys getting cut, but some might be brought back. Cou…
 
Beginning with his hilarious recap of the notorious “Rosencopter” defeat to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, and continuing with his evocative portrayal of the tension between future Hall of Famer Brett Favre and head coach Brad Childress during the Minnesota Vikings’ 2009 season, Sage entertains us with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and in…
 
Following a brief comparison of Mike’s and Sage’s inductions into respective Jewish Sports Hall of Fames, the longtime NFL quarterback talks about his unconventional upbringing in rural Iowa, his emergence as an NFL prospect and the PhD course in offense he received from future 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan that changed the course of his career. W…
 
Mike and Amy have had their battles, one of which occurred in the aftermath of a surreal press conference that featured one of her Raiders employees railing at another sports journalist and his “smoke pot smokin’ buddy Mike Silver” (who at the time was not present and was not, in fact, his buddy). We segue from that story to another Marijuana Momen…
 
Beginning with Mike and Charissa’s origin story (featuring mimosas and a double entendre-drenched show pitch), and ending with Mike and Jeff’s (featuring the Crown Jewels and a saucy Soho club), Natalie is bombarded with a fast and furious barrage of true confessions. We learn about Jeff’s ill-fated fraternity Hall of Fame acceptance speech, the wo…
 
In the same manner in which they offended guests at the Indianapolis J.W. Marriott nine Super Bowl Saturdays ago (as detailed in the story that kicks off this episode), FOX’s Charissa, ESPN’s Jeff and NFL Network’s Mike air some of their dirty laundry--quite literally, in one of their cases. With Natalie sucked into the jetstream (not literally), t…
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted have a lot of things to talk about in this Super Bowl edition of State Of The Nation. Vic's story about Nelson Agholor's speech after the loss to Miami came out. Very telling that a newcomer to the team had to be the one to say something after the team was in the middle of another second half collapse. Do they need to do …
 
McNabb explains why the winning quarterback from Sunday’s NFC championship game, Tom Brady, can be considered the greatest of alltime--and why he believes the losing QB, Aaron Rodgers, has not earned that same consideration. In previewing Super Bowl LV, McNabb highlights a pair of former players and accomplished offensive coordinators, Eric Bieniem…
 
After Mike recounts some of his previous inauguration-viewing experiences, including the cataclysmic coalescence of his sporting and electoral nightmares, he and Natalie welcome a special guest who claims to know a great deal about swearing-in ceremonies, peaceful transitions of power and a whole lot of other subjects. We cover charged topics rangi…
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted discuss the Raiders hiring Gus Bradley to be their new Defensive Coordinator. Bradley is a huge Gruden guy. He was given his first NFL job by Gruden back in Tampa Bay. The guys are concerned that the Cover 3 defense that Bradley runs is not a great fit with the Raiders cause of the talent they have to rush the passer. The…
 
Why did Mike get banned (repeatedly) by the Raiders--and why does Amy view it as a sign of Al’s respect? What did Amy scream at the NFL’s supervisor of officials during the infamous “Tuck Rule” replay review in the 2001 playoffs? What did Amy’s sixth grade teacher tell her mother about her intellect, or lack thereof? Did Mike or Amy terrorize Paul …
 
Jimmy, Vic, Ted and Tashan give out their season ending awards for the Raiders. Some of the categories are the Warm Bum 2021 award, Positive Surprise award, Rookie of the Year on each side of the ball and of course Team MVP award. They discuss some interesting results that came from their voting. They also answer some questions about what the Raide…
 
In the process of becoming high-profile NFL Network personalities, Cynthia Frelund and Taylor Bisciotti have been objectified and stigmatized--and offered money for photos of their feet. Yet the close friends and accomplished journalists are football nerds at heart, and in this spirited and expansive conversation, they break down some of the NFL’s …
 
The guys break down the Raiders dramatic 32-31 win vs the Broncos to end the season. With the win the Raiders finish the season with an 8-8 record. Was good to see the young wrs get more snaps and chances this game, but it will be interesting to see if the Raiders decide to bring back Nelson Agholar next season. They really need to improve on defen…
 
Jimmy, Vic, Ted and Tashan preview the Raiders season finale vs the Broncos in Denver on Sunday. Not really sure what to expect in the finale since both teams are out of the playoffs and banged up. Will the Raiders play more young guys or still with the team that got them here this season? What are some things that the team needs to improve on in t…
 
Lindsay explains to a pair of Cal alums (who wanted her to stay in Berkeley forever) why she became the first head coach of a Power Five women’s program to bolt for the NBA, pinpointing the moment she first viewed such a move as more than a pipe dream and its potential impact on future generations. She looks back on Cal’s breathtaking run to the 20…
 
Jimmy, Ted, Vic and Tashan break down the Raiders 26-25 loss to the Dolphins and all the craziness that happened in the 4th quarter. A tough crushing loss for the Raiders that eliminated them from the playoffs. Was the decision to play for the field goal late the right or wrong call? Things changed offensively for Miami when Ryan Fitzpatrick came i…
 
Jimmy, Ted, Vic and Tashan give their thoughts on what positives they want to see from the Raiders in the last 2 games of the season to build towards next season. Raiders are pretty much eliminated from playoff contention, but they are still alive with many things needing to go their way to get in. Derek Carr is pushing to play vs Miami, but we wil…
 
From their days as college journalists who spent much of their time at Grateful Dead concerts to their shared social media battles against MAGA nation, the two Mikes have had each other’s backs… while busting each other’s balls. Now Natalie joins the fray, immediately provoking a story about the letter Karen Pence sent to Fleiss’ office… and the dr…
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted break down the Raiders 30-27 OT loss to the Chargers on Thursday Night Football. Just a strange and weird football game between 2 struggling teams. Derek Carr injured his groin in the first half and Marcus Mariota came in for his season debut and gave a spark to the team. He gave the team a shot to win the game, but threw…
 
Mike and Natalie talk about why they chose the fantastic guests they did and highlight some of their favorite moments of the past seven months’ worth of episodes. We revisit Steve Kerr’s savage sigh at his daughter’s college volleyball game and the absurd chant Mike led at Dodger Stadium during the 1982 L.A. City baseball championship. We hear New …
 
Jimmy, Vic, Ted and Tashan break down the Raiders 44-27 loss to the Colts and Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther getting fired after the loss. The big story is that Guenther was fired a few hours after the loss and Rod Marinelli will take over as the interim defensive coordinator to finish the season. Was it Guether's schemes, was it the players s…
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted preview the Raiders upcoming home game vs the Colts on Sunday and how they could be getting some of their big named players back for it. The Colts and Raiders are neck and neck in the playoff standings heading into this big game in Vegas on Sunday. Reports from Raiders practice on Wednesday said they expect Josh Jacobs, T…
 
Irsay recalls the moment he learned, via Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football, of Lennon’s murder--”a steel sword through the heart”--and puts the event into historical context. The Colts’ owner and music-memorabilia collector settles the debate as to who is the best songwriter of all-time and recalls his indelible 1989 meeting with Paul and Lind…
 
Jimmy, Vic, Tashan and Ted break down the Raiders dramatic last second 31-28 win vs the Jets in New York. Carr to Ruggs for a 46 yard miracle TD with 5 seconds left to win it for the Silver and Black. The Jets had a shot to win their first game of the season, but come up a little short. An ugly first half, but the Raiders led 17-13 at half. The Rai…
 
Jimmy, Tashan, Vic and Ted preview the Raiders upcoming game in NY vs the terrible 0-11 New York Jets. Coming off a butt kicking from the Falcons, the Raiders look to bounce back and the perfect opponent is next up for the Silver and Black on Sunday, the winless Jets. Not a ton of positive things to say about the Jets, other then they are decent vs…
 
Three decades ago, Mike and Ann were young beat writers covering the star-studded San Francisco 49ers--and Natalie wants to know where all the bodies (and bottles) are buried. Now an award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Ann spills a lot of intel, relating the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry--including one espe…
 
Jimmy, Ted, Vic and Tashan break down the Falcons crushing the Raiders in Atlanta 43-6 in Week 12. Raiders had a lot of issues in this game. Turnovers were the biggest issue for the Silver and Black and that led to short fields for Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense. Raiders o-line played maybe their worst game of the season. Penalties were also a h…
 
As the trombonist who got run over by Cal’s Kevin Moen at the end of The Play--the epic, five-lateral kickoff return that decided the 1982 Big Game--Gary Tyrrell has spent decades recalling his place in football history. He does that here, expansively and hilariously, and so much more. From Stanford band transgressions to over-the-top pranks to kil…
 
Jimmy, Ted, Vic and Tashan breakdown Derek Carr's performance. Raiders defense liabilities. What has to happen for Johnathan Abram to be the player the Raiders hope he'll be? And a quick look ahead to the Raiders Week 12 matchup against the Falcons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Jimmy, Ted, Vic and Tashan preview the Raiders huge rematch in Vegas vs the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Hopefully the game will still be on SNF as the Raiders have now put 10 players on the Covid-19 list in the last few days. If they get negatives in the next few days, they will all be cleared for Sunday's big game. If any of the defensive pla…
 
Back in June, Dr. Gregory Huhn and Dr. Ajay Nirula--two highly accomplished medical experts on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19--joined us to discuss all things pandemic. They return with the latest on the worsening conditions throughout the country and the highly promising news on the vaccine and treatment fronts, providing answers to…
 
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