1. Apologies in advance, but I need to start today by stroking my own ego.
Three weeks ago, in the SI Media PodcastI said that when training camps were opened, the biggest story in the NFL would be about the number of players who would not get vaccinated.
Cut to yesterday and all hell broke loose when the NFL announced dire consequences for teams experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak involving unvaccinated players.
This story will only get bigger and bigger as the season approaches and more big-name players reveal that they refuse to receive the vaccine.
NFL players were all over the map after yesterday’s announcement. Some expressed their wish that their teammates get vaccinated:
Some channeled their internal QAnon to Bills offensive lineman Jonathan Feliciano, tweeting and then deleting: “COVID has been shown to be made in the lab. Fauci is also part of Pfizer. that’s why people don’t want to get vaccinated. It is sad to realize that the government cannot be trusted. #dontshootthemessenger “
However, in a plot twist, Feliciano claims that he is vaccinated.
Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins threatened to retire rather than get vaccinated and then quickly proclaimed that he would play nine more years.
The NFL’s most famous anti-vaccine, Bills catcher Cole Beasley tweeted about living freely, which, of course, we all do, vaccinated or not.
Meanwhile, many fans took a certain angle on this NFL vaccination controversy.
And despite the seriousness of this topic, there were still many tweets that generated some laughs.
two. The story of Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie and Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. is easily one of the highlights of the 2021 MLB season.
The four-year-old is about Tatis, even though his father plays for the Braves.
Charlie’s mission throughout the season was to meet Tatis, which finally happened at the All-Star Game last week.
This video chronicles Charlie’s relationship with Tatis and it’s fantastic.
3. Before the Buccaneers got their Super Bowl rings last night, the team’s Instagram account posted a super-intense video about Tom Brady’s speech to the team before Super Bowl LV.
Four. This is the best tweet you’ll see about the new Cleveland Guardians logo.
5. Even though I’ve covered wrestling on SI.com since I started Hot Clicks in 2007, I still get suckers asking why I write about it. This is why.
6. This week 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.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: With Daniel Bryan reportedly terminated with WWE and signing with AEW, let’s recall one of the great moments in Monday night raw history since 2013.
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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.