A Week In Links: May 26

With Game of Thrones off this week, we will fill the dragons and sword withdrawal by watching Jimmy Fallon’s version: “Game of Desks.” This took a lot of time and effort, but it’s worth it. Jimmy plays his version of Ned Stark and Khaleesi, his sidekick Higgins plays Varys and a hilariously fat and greasy Khal Drogo. There’s even a few cameos from the other NBC late-night host and soon-to-be host. This is another shining reason why Fallon is one of the best at his job. His originality and willingness to do weird crap like this make his show a must-watch. The Roots play the Night’s Watch, by the way.

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Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in a thrilling UEFA Champions League final, but the lingering memory of the fantastic game that was won by Arjen Robben in the 89th minute is the Champions League anthem. It’s the shrieking, choral cacophony that is the Champions League theme song. Most people just know it as dozens of women and some fans screaming “THE CHAMP-IOOOOOONS.” Apparently written hundreds of years ago to make monarchs feel good about themselves, songwriter Tony Britten took the original melody of the song and crafted a three-language verse-a-thon celebrating European club soccer.

The New York Times interviewed the composer of this theme.

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Cincinnati Bearcats baseball has a lot of fun. I feel kind of bad for this student reporter:

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Finally, the French Open starts today and the red clay courts are dirty and ready. The TV schedule for the event has been released and the second slam of the season will split its time with ESPN2, NBC and the Tennis Channel. Rafael Nadal will win again, but it’s fun to watch anyway.

Here is the TV schedule for the Slam (All times Eastern):

-Sunday, May 26: 5:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – First round: ESPN2 [Live]

-Sunday, May 26: 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. – First round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Sunday, May 26: 12:00 p .m. -3:00 p.m. – First round: NBC [Live]

-Monday, May 27: 5:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. – First round: ESPN2 [Live]

-Monday, May 27: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. – First round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Monday, May 27: 12:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. – First round: NBC [Live]

-Tuesday, May 28: 5:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. – First round: ESPN2 [Live]

-Tuesday, May 28: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. – First round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Wednesday, May 29: 5:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. – Second round: ESPN2 [Live]

-Wednesday, May 29: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. – Second round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Thursday, May 30: 5:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. – Second round: ESPN2[Live]

-Thursday, May 30: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. – Second round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Friday, May 31: 5:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. – Third round: ESPN2 [Live]

-Friday, May 31: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. – Third round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Saturday, June 1: 5:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. – Third round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Saturday, June 1: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – Third round: NBC [Live]

-Sunday, June 2: 5:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. – Fourth round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Sunday, June 2: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. – Fourth round: NBC [Live]

-Monday, June 3: 5:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. – Fourth round: ESPN2 [Live]

-Monday, June 3: 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. – Fourth round: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Tuesday, June 4: 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. – Quarterfinals: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Tuesday, June 4: 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.- Quarterfinals: ESPN2 [Live]

-Wednesday, June 5: 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.- Quarterfinals: ESPN2 [Live]

-Wednesday, June 5: 1:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. – Quarterfinals: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Thursday, June 6: 6:00 a.m. -9:00 a.m. – Mixed doubles final: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Thursday, June 6: 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. – Women’s semifinals: ESPN2 [Live]

-Thursday, June 6: 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. – Women’s semifinals: NBC [Live]

-Thursday, June 6: 2:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. – Women’s semifinals: Tennis Channel [Repeat]

-Friday, June 7: 7:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. – Men’s semifinals: Tennis Channel [Live]

-Friday, June 7: 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. – Men’s semifinals: NBC [Live]

-Friday, June 7: 5:00 p.m. -12:00 p.m. – Men’s semifinals: Tennis Channel [Repeat]

-Saturday, June 8: 12:00 a.m. -7:00 a.m. – Men’s semifinals: Tennis Channel [Repeat]

-Saturday, June 8: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. – Women’s final: NBC[Live]

-Sunday, June 9: 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. – Men’s final: NBC [Live]

-Sunday, June 9: 2:00 p.m. -2:00 a.m. – Men’s and women’s finals: Tennis Channel [Repeat]

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