Get to know Richard Silva, the Montgomery Advertiser's new Auburn beat writer

Richard Silva
Montgomery Advertiser

I can’t really explain why, but there are certain moments in sports that have profound effects on me.

Emotional might be the right word to describe how I feel when watching them, but I’m not sure. Goosebumps start to come out. My heart begins to race. My eyes even water sometimes due to the gravity of the moment. I guess the best way to put it is, for whatever reason, I’m romantic about these silly games.

Something I can always appreciate is a great call from the broadcast team to elevate the moment even higher. Joe Buck yelling “Diggs! Sideline! Touchdown!” as Stefon Diggs walked off the Saints in 2018 comes to mind. Mike Breen exclaiming that Andre Iguodala’s layup attempt was “blocked by James!” in the 2016 NBA Finals is another.

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And of course, there’s Rod Bramblett’s legendary call of the 2013 Iron Bowl. “Auburn’s gonna win the football game!” is ringing in my head as I type this. To be completely transparent, though, I wasn’t watching the game live. I know, I know. I’m sorry, but I’ve obviously seen the play countless times and I can always count on YouTube to hear Bramblett’s call whenever I’m feeling a bit nostalgic.

A moment I do remember watching live, however, is Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit. In fact, I was in the stadium. Sitting down the third-base line, to be exact.

I was there with my mom and dad, and just like nearly everyone else in the stadium, I had my phone out trying to capture the moment as it happened. I was nearly successful, but in an instance of panic and excitement, I inadvertently stopped recording as soon as I heard the ball hit his bat.

The feeling in the stadium after he hit the ball (a home run, by the way) sticks with me. It was almost like everyone was relieved that he got it done. It’s been over a decade and I still have trouble describing what I felt.

Like I said, I’m romantic about this stuff.

I’m a native New Yorker, which I hope can excuse the Yankees fandom for some of you, and my dad raised me to be a Yankees, Giants and Knicks fan, with an emphasis on the first two. As a young kid, the Yankees were my favorite. I legitimately believed that I was going to be like Jeter when I grew up, but as I’m sure is clear by now, that dream never really caught on.

As I grew older, however, the Giants started to take more of a hold on me. Football in general did, to be honest. Victor Cruz remains one of my favorite athletes of all time, and I’ll go toe-to-toe with anyone who doesn’t think he was elite before his knee injury in Philadelphia. Cruz and Hakeem Nicks could have been one of the league’s best-receiving duos if not for injuries to both, but that’s a conversation for another day.

Richard Silva

After graduating from high school, I went to the University of South Florida, and that is where I discovered my passion for sports journalism. I was sitting in my room scrolling through social media one day when I stumbled upon a post from the university’s student newspaper asking for applicants. On a whim, I decided to apply.

We’re skipping a lot of steps, but fast-forward a few years, and here I am: the new Auburn beat writer. To say this is a dream job at this point in my career would be an understatement. Frankly, I can’t believe I’m so blessed to have this opportunity.

With that said, this isn’t a job I plan on taking lightly. I’m here to provide the best coverage of Auburn that I possibly can, and my goal is to do that day in and day out.

I just hope we’ll get to experience some moments that make us romantic about these silly games along the way, too.

Also, hit me up anytime at or on Twitter (@rich_silva18) to talk about thecoverage you’d like to see, sports in general or how Victor Cruz was on his way to becoming an NFL legend before getting hurt.