1. We have to thank the cardinals for giving us a gift.
It’s a slow time for content, especially NFL content, but Monday we were treated to one of the most surreal stories of the summer.
The news broke that under Kyler Murray’s new five-year, $230 million contract, with $160 million guaranteed, the quarterback needs to do some homework. Without any distractions.
Murray has to spend four hours a week studying film and can’t have the television on in the background or play video games while doing his homework.
The layers of absurdity in this story run deep. Let’s start first with the precise wording of the goofy clause:
“Independent Study” means that the Player studies the material provided to him by the Club in order to prepare for the next upcoming Club game, including without limitation any material provided via an iPad or other device electronic. The time spent in mandatory meetings does not constitute an independent study.
The player will not receive credit for independent study for any period in which the player does not personally study the material provided in good faith. For the avoidance of doubt, Player will not receive credit for Independent Study with respect to periods during which any Materials are viewed or played on an iPad or other electronic device if (a) Player does not study or not personally view the material while it is being viewed or played or (b) the player is engaged in any other activity that may distract the player’s attention (for example, watching television, playing video games, or browsing the Internet) while this material is displayed or read.
Murray probably did himself a disservice by publicly saying he doesn’t watch movies.
Murray is also known to be a big video game guy, so his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated last year is now fodder thanks to the contract clause.
There is also the problem of the leak of this clause in the media on Monday. Did Murray’s team want the information out to make the Cardinals look bad for treating him like a kid? Or did the Cardinals want the clause public knowledge to put even more pressure on Murray to start studying?
Both theories are nonsense because the Cardinals just gave Murray $230 million, so you’d think both sides would want to keep the other happy.
But enough serious analysis. Let’s get to the good stuff. Once news broke on social media that Murray, a 25-year-old who made $230 million, will now have to do his homework, the memes started rolling in and they didn’t disappoint.
And there were jokes.
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2. Aaron Rodgers paid tribute to Air conditioningit is Cameron Poe when he showed up at camp for the Packers on Tuesday.
3. It looks like we have yet another bizarre incident involving Adam Schefter. The ESPN insider’s initial tweet about wide receiver Danny Amendola’s retirement sounded like this:
It appears that Schefter, who referred to the topic of a story as “Mr. Editor,” may have tried to delete the tweet with someone. He then deleted the tweet and deleted the word “Work? and reposted it.
4. Tom Brady’s social media team continues to produce content that we would never expect to see from GOAT.
5. Roman Reigns’ special counsel, Paul Heyman, showed again last night why he’s the best on the mic. During a live promo on Monday night gross at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Heyman’s microphone went off. This led to Heyman poking fun at New Jersey and making a sly joke about Vince McMahon’s recent departure from the company.
6. This week IS Media Podcast features a fun conversation with the always entertaining Peter Schrager.
Topics covered include changes to the Hello Soccer casting, inside stories of Sean McVay’s recent marriage, Zach Wilson’s recent turn in the spotlight, which current NFL players would make good broadcasters, the death of comedy in movies, Succession and much more.
You can also watch the IS Media Podcast on Youtube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: RIP, Paul Sorvin. What performance he gave Freedmen. No one has ever looked at garlic the same after seeing the way Paulie sliced it.
Make sure you catch up on previous editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify Where Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter, instagram and ICT Tac.