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 writer (Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, GQ) and television personality (NFL Network) is set to launch a podcast which will bring these interactions to life on a recurring basis. At a time when the intersection of sports, politics, pop culture and social media has never been more crowded, Pass It Down will take listeners on an entertaining and enlightening joyride.
Riding shotgun will be Silver’s daughter, Natalie, a UC Berkeley graduate (like her parents) who has experience in the realms of music, national politics, journalism, comedy, film, social media and college-football recruiting. Natalie’s ability to filter her father’s exploits through a contemporary prism while processing pro football and other mainstream sports through a fresh set of eyes will lend a multi-generational layer to the conversations and infuse them with a tinge of humor.
Ep. 23: Chris Long on Saving the Soul of Our Democracy
Former NFL standout, two-time Super Bowl champion, prolific podcaster and anti-racism advocate Chris Long breaks down what’s at stake in the upcoming election, addresses the perils of segregation and the reveals the catalyst behind the anger and cynicism that fuel
Ep. 22: Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur
Since becoming the Packers’ head coach, Matt LaFleur has won 18 of 22 games. He faces his most formidable opponent yet on the Pass It Down podcast, as Natalie and a special guest grill him on the controversial drafting of Aaron Rodgers’ successor, the ‘Audible Thing’ and his habit of covering his mouth with his play-sheet--even while wearing a mask. The audio’s not optimal, but the content is exceptional.
Ep. 21: Blocktober Special (Part 2)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Join Mike and Natalie as they do some MORE real-time regulating on Mike’s infamous Twitter feed, complete with cinematic blocks, mercy-laden mutes and a full philosophical breakdown of what gets you permanently purged
Ep. 20: Blocktober Special
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Join Mike and Natalie as they do some real-time regulating on Mike’s infamous Twitter feed, complete with cinematic blocks, mercy-laden mutes and a full philosophical breakdown of what gets you permanently purged.
Ep. 19: Confronting College Football in the Time of COVID-19--A Conversation With Cal Director of Football Administration Andrew McGraw
Cal football had big plans for 2020--until the COVID-19 virus hit. Since then director of football administration Andrew McGraw has navigated a campus shutdown, a team-wide push for racial justice and a Pac-12 player revolt emanating from Berkeley. Oh, and he contracted the virus. He’s still standing--and Pac-12 football is coming back. McGraw walks us through the madness with a smile on his face.
Ep. 18: Crash and Burn: Donté Stallworth’s Horrifying Hot Air Balloon Adventure
For the first time, former NFL standout turned political analyst Donté Stallworth shares the terrifying, blow-by-blow details of his hot-air balloon mishap of 2013, during which he endured electrocution, catching fire and medical malpractice--and somehow lived to tell about it.