Last night, I found myself watching the ESPYs, mainly because the hotel TV only has so many channels and I had nothing better to do than read people’s tweets about it. As you might expect, ESPN’s decision to give the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner instead of Lauren Hill, the late Mount St. Joseph’s basketball player who died from brain cancer; or Devon and Leah Still, the father and daughter duo who beat up cancer, was a popular topic of debate.
Personally, I respect and admire Caitlyn Jenner’s journey and found her speech moving, but I want to focus on Lauren, Devon, and Leah’s stories today.
Here’s the clip of Stephen Curry presenting Lauren’s family with the “Best Moment” award (warning, tissues may be needed):
And Devon Still’s acceptance speech for the Jimmy V award, which will make the room dusty unless you’re made of stone:
Instead of bickering over who won a (meaningless) award (from a joke of an awards show), let’s revel in these inspirational stories. And hope for a slightly lighter Thursday.
SEC Media Days wraps up
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a certain charm to Media Days: the frenetic energy of the Hyatt Regency lobby, the ever-present Alabama fans, the media people watching, the bottomless Dr. Pepper. But, all exhausting things must come to an end. Georgia, Ole Miss, and LSU will finish up Media Days today, and if not for Les Miles, I’m sure half of the reporters would already be home by now. I’ll be on site for one last hurrah before hitting the road for Nashville. After a whirlwind day following the Cats, I plan on taking it a little bit easier and get goofy with things tomorrow before heading home.
Matt, Drew, and Tomlin start their coverage of the NBA Summer League
The boys arrived in Vegas last night and for the next four days, will cover the former Cats in the NBA Summer League. Because they don’t have credentials (long story), they’ll have to watch the games at the gym and go back to the hotel to write, hopefully resisting all of Vegas’ temptations along the way. (Or at least getting their work done first.)
Here’s Thursday’s schedule so you can follow along at home (all times Pacific):
1 PM — # 24 Milwaukee vs. #8 Phoenix (Game 45)
3 PM — #22 Dallas vs. #6 NBA D-League (Game 48)
5 PM — #20 Washington vs. #4 New Orleans (Game 49)
7 PM — #17 Chicago vs. #1 Toronto (Game 51)
Thomas & Mack
1:30 PM — #12 Golden State vs. #5 New York (Game 46)
3:30 PM — #10 Brooklyn vs. #7 San Antonio (Game 47)
5:30 PM — #14 Atlanta vs. #3 Denver (Game 50)
7:30 PM — #15 Portland vs. #2 Boston (Game 52)
Yesterday, Willie had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks before leaving the game after bumping knees with someone. (Don’t worry, he’s okay.) In other notable performances, Julius Randle had 17 points and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes in the Lakers’ loss to the Mavericks. Karl Towns had 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks in the Timberwolves’ loss to the Trail Blazers. This was one of those blocks:
GIF: This Karl Anthony Towns block… pic.twitter.com/5K7SNZpOd7
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) July 16, 2015
Devin Booker watched Floyd Mayweather work out
All this does is remind me how short Mayweather is.
Landon Foster is on the Danny Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
This bit of news fell through the cracks on a busy news day, but yesterday, senior punter Landon Foster was named to the watch list for the the Wuerffel Trophy, college football’s premier award for community service. Foster has made volunteering a priority throughout his career at UK, including a week-long service trip to Ethiopia last year. Congrats to Landon, who also happens to be one of my favorite Twitter follows on the football team.
Ryan Lemond and Jared Lorenzen take over KSR
With Matt and Drew in Vegas, we went to the bullpen for today’s show. Ryan and Jared Lorenzen kindly agreed to fill in this morning, so tune in to hear Jared’s take on all the recent football news and Ryan being Ryan.