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August 2, 2021

Traina Thoughts

Twitter Had Some Outstanding Reactions to the Russell Westbrook Trade

Sports Illustrated
1. If you’re someone who needs online content for a living, Christmas came early Thursday when Russell Westbrook was traded to the Lakers. The trio of Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis will provide endless highlights on the court and should give us plenty of drama off the court, too. While......

Cole Beasley Tries to Explain Vaccine Stance in Bizarre Press Conference

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1. Aaron Rodgers dominated the sports news cycle Wednesday thanks to a surreal press conference. However, this was not the only surreal NFL press conference of the day. After expressing his anti-COVID-19 vaccine thoughts on Twitter for several weeks, Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley read a statement for two minutes and......

Charles Barkley: ‘Unvaccinated People Are A–Holes”

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina 1. It’s so damn good to be an untouchable. When you’re an un-fireable personality, you can let it fly and say exactly how you feel without repercussions. There are very few untouchables in sports media. You can count them......

Here’s the Truth About Adam Schefter’s Original Report on Aaron Rodgers

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1. The biggest story in sports over the past few months came to a conclusion this morning when Aaron Rodgers strolled into Packers camp wearing an Office T-shirt. Rodgers’s future has generated tons of coverage ever since Adam Schefter reported on April 29 that the future Hall of Fame quarterback was unhappy with the......

Baseball Player Does His Own At Bat Introduction and It’s Awesome

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina 1. The Savannah Bananas are a baseball team in the Coastal Plain League. The bio for the team’s official Twitter account reads: “Fans first. Entertain always. Georgia’s favorite team.” It’s hard to argue about the “entertain always” part. During......

NFL’s New Vaccine Policy Leads to a Truly Wild Day on Twitter

Sports Illustrated
1. Apologies in advance, but I need to kick things off today by stroking my own ego. Three weeks ago, on the SI Media Podcast, I said that when training camps opened, the biggest story in the NFL would be about the number of players who wouldn’t get vaccinated. Cut to......

Tom Brady Drops Bombshell: He’s a Target Shopper

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina 1. Imagine you’re in Target and you’re pushing your cart filled with a case of Poland Spring water, a 12-pack of toilet paper, a few pairs of socks, an iPhone charger, a package of AAA batteries and whatever other......

The Best NBA Finals Moment You May Have Missed

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1. It was Giannis’s night. It was Giannis’s show. It was Giannis’s NBA Finals. But late Tuesday night, someone managed to steal the show from Giannis for just a few seconds. In a time when class and grace is at an all-time low in society, Suns coach Monty Williams showed what......

Pluses and Minuses of ESPN’s ‘MNF’ Deal With Peyton Manning

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNTY0MzU5OTU4OTYzODgw/peyton-manning.jpg Jimmy Traina 1. ESPN’s obsession with getting Peyton Manning to call Monday Night Football games has finally paid off. The Hall of Fame quarterback has agreed to be part of an alternate telecast with his brother, Eli, for 10 games a season over the next three seasons. Peyton and Eli......

All It Took Was Two Returns For the WWE To Get the Jolt It Has Needed

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1. If you read Traina Thoughts regularly and listen to the SI Media Podcast, you’ve heard me say a few times over the past year and a half that while I kept up with WWE, it was tough to watch two- and three-hour shows without fans in the arenas. Obviously, this......

Jason Sudeikis Seems Like a Pretty Awesome Dude

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNDcyOTg3NDgyNTMwOTQ3/jason-sudeikis.jpg Jimmy Traina 1. Allow me to pull back the curtain here and tell you how the Traina Thoughts sausage is made. Last night, while scrolling through the hell pit known as Twitter, I actually came across a wonderful and uplifting tweet about something Jason Sudeikis did for a writer. When......

NFL Inks Massive TV Deals, Promptly Undergoes Round of Massive Layoffs

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNDUwNjI0OTI5OTk3OTU1/nfl-logo.jpg Jimmy Traina 1. Writing about layoffs at sports media companies is always dicey. Every company has them. Sports Illustrated has had more rounds of layoffs over the 20 years I’ve worked here than I care to remember. Every company goes through ups and downs, and, at the end of the......

Plenty of Blame to Go Around in Stephen A. Smith–Shohei Ohtani Controversy

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1. Stephen A. Smith has taken a public thumping for 24 hours after making offensive comments about Shohei Ohtani. On Monday’s First Take, the hot taker said, “But when you talk about an audience gravitating to the tube or to the ballpark to actually watch you, I don’t think it helps......

TikTok Star Addison Rae Caused Quite a Stir Among Journalists, but There’s a Twist

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1. I had no idea doing completely inane and useless red carpet interviews at a UFC event was a big deal in the world of journalism, but apparently I was mistaken. Over the weekend, Addison Rae, a 20-year-old woman who has 82 million TikTok followers, tweeted this: Many people were angered by the......

A Shocking Grand Slam By a Relief Pitcher Leads to Pair of Must-Hear Calls

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1. A team coming back from an 8–0 deficit to pull off a 9–8 win capped by a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth would normally be the most notable thing to happen in a baseball game. However, that was not the case in San Diego on Thursday night.......

Sean McDonough Opens Up About Why ‘Monday Night Football’ Gig Didn’t Work

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina 1. There isn’t a more versatile play-by-play caller working today than Sean McDonough, who was just named the lead play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s NHL coverage, which begins next season. McDonough also has one of the most impressive résumés in......

ESPN Waits a Year to Clean Up Rachel Nichols—Maria Taylor Mess, Makes Mess Messier

Sports Illustrated
1. There are so many layers and a lot of nuance to the Rachel Nichols–Maria Taylor controversy. One thing that’s been pretty clear, though, is that ESPN has bungled this entire situation. I was struck by the wording of this tweet from TMZ Sports on Tuesday night. That tweet really isn’t......

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo Unleashes Tirade Against Yankees, MLB’s Lack of Theater

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1. It’s the Friday of July Fourth weekend. You need something light. You need something entertaining. You need a laugh to put you in a good mood. May I present to you Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. The SiriusXM host went ballistic Wednesday afternoon when he found out Yankees slugger Aaron Judge......

ESPN’s Salary Issues Playing Huge Role in Wild Negotiations With Maria Taylor

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina 1. It’s no secret that ESPN has made a big effort over the past year to avoid handing out bloated contracts. Kenny Mayne was asked to take a 61% pay cut. MMA reporter Ariel Helwani recently left the network......

Lucas Giolito Obliterates Josh Donaldson in MLB ‘Sticky Stuff’ Feud

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyMTAxODYwNzAwNjYxMDY0/lucas-giolito.jpg Jimmy Traina 1. At the end of last week’s SI Media Podcast, during the “Traina Thoughts” segment, I said this entire “sticky stuff” controversy is good for Major League Baseball because it has provided entertainment and gotten the sport a ton of coverage it never gets. Is this the kind......

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