1. It’s so good to be an untouchable.
When you have an infallible 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 on one hand.
Enter Sir Charles Barkley.
In an interview with CNBC, the NBA analyst dumped on people who are not vaccinated and specifically weighed on athletes who have not received a puncture.
“The only people who are not vaccinated are just idiots,” he says.
Barkley expanded on that simple point and said, “Can you imagine if one of these guys who isn’t vaccinated, if they get the kids, wives, girlfriends, moms and dads of one of these players sick and get killed by some unnecessary conspiracy bulls?” -. I think it would be tragic. “
As for leagues that stack the deck to convince players to get vaccinated, Barkley said, “There is m — you can’t do at work and there is m — you have to do at work. So every workplace has rules, and I think one of the rules [should be] that the boys have to be vaccinated “.
Obviously, some of you agree with Barkley, some don’t, but what I love about this version is that he doesn’t care about the reaction. He just doesn’t care what social media will say about him.
This is the most significant of Barkley’s comments. As I have said here on Traina Thoughts and in the SI Media Podcast, The COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be a great sports story as college football and the NFL approach to begin their seasons.
No sports fan wants vaccines to be the biggest story of every day, but here we are.
Almost 17 months after the pandemic, we still get story after story about players who tested positive for COVID-19 or refused to receive the vaccine.
Of course, this leads to cycles and cycles of discussions about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. And the “arguments” get more scandalous and strange every day.
For example: former NFL player. TJ Ward, basically blaming Washington coach Ron Rivera for having cancer after Rivera expressed frustration with only 50% of his team vaccinated.
Ron Rivera, who is a cancer survivor, which means he is at high risk when it comes to COVID-19, said he would like his players to get vaccinated. This led Ward to say, “At some point, you will have to pay for these vices.”
Ward also said Rivera should “expect accountability,” so I’m not sure we need Ward’s advice on vaccinations.
But this is where we are and it’s only going to get worse.
2. I have ranted many times about the SI Media Podcast about the abundance of streaming services and my preference for cable. It’s good to see that Giannis is on my side.
3. There are errors and then there are ERRORS. Look at what Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger did last night against the Giants.
Four. Joey Votto is a great Ted lasso fan, but doesn’t want to be Roy. He wants to be Jamie.
5. The Yankees suck this season, and one of their biggest problems has been driving running backs from scoring position with fewer than two outs. Last night, the team’s legendary radio host, John Sterling, got tired of the ineptitude and that sparked a tremendous call.
6. The last SI Media Podcast fell on Thursday morning, and features an interview with Lindsay Czarniak. The veteran sportscaster talks about her daily Olympics schedule in Peacock, On your lawn, shares her thoughts on women trying to make their way into sports media and discusses the Maria Taylor-Rachel Nichols controversy.
This episode begins with the weekly segment “Traina Thoughts”. We talk about the next Peyton-Eli Monday night football broadcast, Tom Brady’s visit to the White House, Ted lasso and the worst songs of all time.
You can also see the SI Media Podcast in Youtube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Thanks for this, Bill Burr.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.