Last night’s “Game of Thrones” finale was the best episode of what I believe was the best season yet, which is why everyone should have watched it live or at least before this morning; however, that’s not always possible, so before I start with my thoughts on it, SPOILER ALERT! Just be super safe, I’m going to type the next few paragraphs in white. If you watched the finale, just select the text to read it, if not, well, keep scrolling. (I’m not sure if this works on our app, so just in case, here are a few line breaks.)
Okay, here we go. I thought the finale was fantastic for many reasons (R + L = J confirmed, wildfire in the sept, Arya knocking a name off her list and making one hell of a meat pie, Dany finally making her way to Westeros, Dorne becoming relevant), but my favorite thing about it was how the women won the night. More than ever before, “Game of Thrones” is wisely using its female characters, to the point that each of last night’s stories were backed or influenced by the actions of a woman. Even Jon Snow, the chosen one, was rescued by little Lady Mormont, who delivered a speech that had grown men stumbling to their knees in support of Snow and the Starks, further proof that she is the best character the series has seen in a while. I’m all about Dany and Jon teaming up (because that’s how the series is going to end, right?), but the wisest choice for Westeros would be putting Lady Mormont on the Iron Throne. Or, give her a spin off. As Jason Pinter put it on Twitter last night, who wouldn’t watch a show featuring Lady Mormont and Lady Tyrell traveling the world telling off morons?
I’ll let Nick and TJ Walker recap the episode in depth on “Kentucky Thrones Radio” later today, but man, that was satisfying. I can’t believe we have to wait until April 2017 for more.
Okay, back to it. Here’s what’s happening this week…
John Calipari continues his Spanish adventure
Calipari is mixing business with pleasure this week at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain. UK special assistant Joel Justus has been there since last week watching Team USA, which features several UK targets, including including Immanuel Quickly, the second best point guard in 2018, Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter, Javonte Smart and Gary Trent Jr. Calipari was in Barcelona yesterday and ran into some UK students because #BBN is everywhere:
Walking in Barcelona & run into Alex Gross, Houston Lichtefeld & Adam Lucas, UK students interning here this summer pic.twitter.com/INUbF4SVnz
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2016
I’m still not over Calipari’s airport tweets from Saturday. Calipari is as down to Earth as possible for a millionaire, but man, it’s been a while since he’s flown commercial. A couple more times and his tweets about the TSA will be a little less “haha, that was so crazy!” and little more, “holy crap, this is the worst experience on the planet.” (Pardon me, I’m still bitter about my trip through La Guardia yesterday.)
We’ll keep you updated on the rest of Calipari’s Spanish adventure. I can’t wait until he figures out that Spaniards typically don’t eat dinner until 10 p.m.
John Robic will fill in on the SEC Coaches Teleconference
The league’s basketball coaches will pick up their phones for a teleconference later this morning, with John Robic filling in for a traveling Calipari. According to UK, Cal is scheduled to be on a “return flight from overseas” during the call, which suggests he’s already on his way back from Spain, making that one heck of a short trip. Regardless, check the site around lunch for Robic and the rest of the coaches’ remarks.
Marcus Lee opened up about leaving Kentucky
One of the more interesting stories from the weekend centered around Marcus Lee, who opened up to Jerry Tipton about his decision to leave Kentucky. Lee confirmed that he really did transfer to be closer to his family in California, and the strain of being so far away from them took a toll, both emotionally and financially. Lee said the hardest part of leaving Kentucky was leaving the fans, admitting he expected some backlash from the BBN over his decision; however, he’s been heartened by how fans have continued to support him.
I’m glad Marcus opened up about what was truly a puzzling decision at the time. He’ll always have support from this blogger.
Have you heard the Derek Willis song yet?
Yep, that’ll be stuck in my head all week.
Vote for Karl Towns
The new NBA golden child was nominated for “Best Breakthrough Athlete” at the ESPYs, and you can help him win it by voting online through July 13. We’ll remind you a lot over the coming weeks, so make it part of your daily routine.
VOTE FOR KARL at the ESPYs
While you’re at it, vote for him to get “slimed” at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards:
Karl truly is everywhere these days.
Keep Pat Summitt in your thoughts and prayers
Over the weekend, the coaching legend’s condition worsened, prompting friends and family from around the country to come be by her side. Yesterday, Summitt’s family released a statement regarding her condition, acknowledging “the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type progresses.” Earlier in the day, a source told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of men’s and women’s Division I basketball, was “struggling” and those close to her were “preparing for the worst.”
Alzheimer’s is one of the cruelest of diseases, so please keep Summitt and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Matt’s back in studio for Day 1 of the Summer Tour
After two weeks on vacation, Matt’s back in the studio to recap all the news that went down while he was gone, along with the exciting news that he’ll be a panelist on ESPN’s “First Take” on Friday. This is day one of the new summer tour, so stay tuned to find out where in Kentucky they are. Matt hinted last night that it’s a “small town near Lexington,” so if you’re dying to see the show in person, get ready to go.