June 13, 2023
Five Sports Figures We’d Like to See Replace Pat Sajak As ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host
1. Longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak announced Monday that the upcoming season of the show, his 41st at the helm, will be his last.Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last. It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Many thanks to you all. (If nothing else, it’ll keep the clickbait sites busy!)— Pat Sajak (@PatOnWheel) June 12, 2023 Given that Wheel of Fortune is a piece of Americana, the Job will be highly coveted. If the show decides it would like to get radical and dip into the sports world for a new host, I have five suggestions.• Charles Barkley: Barkley should forget about his upcoming CNN show and go for Sajak’s job. He’d be great for one simple reason: He has no filter. So when a contestant flubs a puzzle, Barkley can do his thing. You can just hear him saying, “America, do you believe this fool?”• Gus Johnson: Imagine Gus making the call when a contestant spins the wheel and it lands on “Lose a Turn” or a big money amount? Pure electric. • Peyton and Eli Manning: This would have to be a package deal so they can rib each other and the contestants throughout the show. Given how Peyton can’t hide his frustration with poor quarterback play and coaches who don’t know when to call timeouts during their ManningCast, it would be fun to see Peyton cringe when a contestant buys a vowel when it’s totally unnecessary.• Rob Gronkowski: I’d love for the lovable Gronk to host just to see whether he would ever get tripped up on the spelling while reading all the puzzles. my moms home made Chicken Sue flay. Super delicious and yummy! #sixstargronkchat https://t.co/AU11V5aWdR— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) November 17, 2015 2. The two best highlights of the Nuggets winning the NBA title on Monday was (1) Nikola Jokić’s reaction to finding out that team’s championship parade won’t be until Thursday and (2) Jokić’s pushing Jamal Murray into a pool.Jokić was asked if he's looking forward to the Championship parade."No. I need to go home." 🤣 pic.twitter.com/1ZkPSG6mFe— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 13, 2023 Jokic throws Jamal Murray into the pool 😭 pic.twitter.com/h75zpzEgHm— NBA (@NBA) June 13, 2023 3. If you’d like to get in a very early prop, these are your 2024 NBA championship odds.2024 NBA OddsDEN +450BOS +650MIL +800PHX +850DAL +900GS, PHI +1200LAL +1400LAC +1600MEM +1800NO +2000MIA +2200CLE +2500NY, SAC +3300MIN +4000ATL +5500TOR +6600BKN, OKC +8500HOU, POR, SA +10000CHI, UT +12500IND, ORL +15000WAS +20000CHA +30000DET +40000— Dave Mason (@DaveMasonBOL) June 13, 2023 4. ESPN’s Mark Jackson caused a big stir when he revealed that he had mistakenly left Nikola Jokić off his regular-season MVP ballot, so he was very happy to redeem himself last night."I'm just so glad I got my MVP vote right this time. I can go home and sleep peacefully."Mark Jackson hilariously trolled himself after voting Nikola Jokic for Finals MVP 🤣pic.twitter.com/dJFHLdafh2— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 13, 2023 5. Former NFL running back Peyton Hillis appeared on Tuesday's Good Morning America to speak for the first time about the horrific swimming accident he experienced in January, and it was extremely powerful.EXCLUSIVE: "It is 100% a miracle that somebody didn't die.”Former NFL running back @thepeytonhillis recounts saving his son and niece from a rip current while swimming at a Florida beach earlier this year to @michaelstrahan. https://t.co/pLuI3UJRiO pic.twitter.com/9RGABST2EP— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 13, 2023 6. This week’s episode of SI Media With Jimmy Traina features an interview with Radio Hall of Famer Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.Russo talks about radio shows vs. podcasts, how radio has changed over the years and how sports-talk hosts can no longer just do sports.He also shares his thoughts on reupping with First Take for another year, how his relationship with JJ Redick has improved over the past few months and Pat McAfee joining ESPN.Other topics covered with Russo include flex scheduling coming to Thursday Night Football, the NFL putting a playoff game exclusively on Peacock, the problem MLB and the NBA face in this day and age, getting blowback for not liking the WBC, Bruce Springsteen’s latest tour, his son landing a job as an assistant basketball coach at Northern Arizona, why it’s so awful to fly in America and much more.Following Russo, Sal Licata from WFAN radio and SNY TV in New York joins me for our weekly “Traina Thoughts” segment. This week, we discuss my McAfee interview from last week’s podcast, the Succession series finale and more. I also read all the May reviews left on Apple for the podcast.You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify and Google.You can also watch SI Media With Jimmy Traina on YouTube.7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of Pat Sajak's retirement announcement, here's an all-time puzzle guess debacle.Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out SI Media With Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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