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The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live. It’s taken the joy out of this game…The only way forward for me is to remove myself from football.”
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, on why he made the shocking decision to retire before the start of his eighth NFL season. You’ll be missed, Wolverine.
This is a story about a guy named Luck(y)
The GIST: Indianapolis Colts quarterback (QB) Andrew Luck stunned the sports world this weekend when he announced his retirement after seven seasons in the league. That’s right, we’re literally sh!t outta luck.
Luck was on the Colts’ sidelines during Saturday night’s preseason game when the news of his retirement broke. He then confirmed the news in a post-game press conference.
Okay, wait, who’s Andrew Luck?:Luck was the 2012 first overall draft pick and four-time Pro Bowler. More importantly, Luck was selected as the “Chosen One.”
The Colts looked to Luck to fill the very big shoes of legen...wait for it...dary QB Peyton Manning, when he left the Colts for the Denver Broncos in 2012, after 14 seasons of being the Colts’ guy. Peyton won one Super Bowl with the Colts, one Super Bowl with the Broncos and our hearts with this great Saturday Night Livecameo.
And Luck did a pretty decent job with the Colts. In his first three seasons, he led the team to the playoffs with three straight 11-5 seasons and even as far as the AFC Championship game (a.k.a. the semi-finals) in 2014.
So why is he hanging up the cleats?:Unfortunately, Luck’s career has been marked with injuries. Throughout 2015 and 2016, he dealt with rib and shoulder injuries before undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, which forced him to sit out for the entire 2017 season. He came back for the 2018 season, starting all 16 games and winning 10.
As much as Luck loves football, football doesn’t love him back. And it seems as though his injuries, in addition to affecting him physically, significantly affected his mental game and psyche, leading him to make the v. tough decision to walk away from the game. Sad.
Is this really the end?:Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t seem to think so. On Saturday night, he said thathe doesn’t rule out the possibilityof Luck changing his mind. He cited Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods as examples of top athletes who took a break from their sport to recuperate mentally and physically.
Regardless, this couldn’t have been an easy decision. Luck has devoted his life to football and was an incredibly talented QB in his prime. And although it’s tough to watch a career end like this, it’s honestly refreshing to see a professional athlete put his mental well-being above the game.
It's a party in the USA
The GIST: The 139th US Open begins today, meaning the best tennis players in the world are meeting in New York City for the final Grand Slam of the season. Here we go.
Who else is playing?: All the biggies. On the women’s side, we have six-time US Open queen champ Serena Williams, Wimbledon champ Simona Halep, world No. 2 Ashleigh Barty, our Wimbledon obsession Coco Gauff and Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Eugenie Bouchard.
On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are seeded No. 2 and 3, respectively. The greatest rivals in tennis history have never faced each other in a US Open final match, so here’s hoping this is their year.
Sadly, we have some bad news on the Canadian front: Milos Raonic (pronounced RAU-NITCH) withdrew from the tournament yesterday with a glute injury, and Denis Shapovalov (pronounced SHAP-oh-VAL-ov) and Felix Auger-Aliassime will face each other in the first round for the second year in a row, meaning only one Canadian will make it to the men’s second round. Whomp whomp.
There are so many first-round matches. Which ones should I watch?: Serena’s first match is a can’t-miss, must-see. That’s because she’s playing Maria Sharapova, and they, uh, don’t really like each other, on or off the court. *Bad Blood plays in the background*
Sharapova is unseeded, while Williams is ranked No. 8. Williams has won 18 straight matches against Sharapova, so while this match will probably lack exciting tennis (because we’re all expecting Williams to crush Sharapova), the players’ dislike (to put it nicely) for each other is palpable on the court, so it should make for an entertaining match. The match starts tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
Wasn’t there controversy at last year’s U.S. Open?: You may remember that last year’s final between Naomi and Serena included a heated shouting match between Serena and the chair umpire, while the ultimate winner, Naomi, watched on.
The good news? The USTA has implemented a new rule in response to one of the big issues from last year’s final. In this year’s tournament, when a chair umpire issues a code violation, it’ll show up on the scoreboard for everyone to see, giving the officiating more transparency.
Based on this year’s draw, Williams and Osaka could only meet in the final. Osaka recently came out to say that she’s “nervous” to talk to Williams and wouldn’t answer questions regarding their relationship, but she still respects her and looks up to her as a mentor.
The GIST: As much as we wanted our Canadian and defending champ Brooke Henderson to take home the title, world-ranked No. 1 Jin Young Ko of South Korea won the CP Canadian Women’s Open yesterday, with a 26 under par cumulative score. The girl’s on fire.
Still, Brooke spent most of the tournament near the top of the leaderboard, finishing in a tie for third. We know it’s not the result she wanted, but we’re still so damn proud!
Meanwhile, them boys were up to something: After a few rain delays and a wild lightning show, Irishman Rory McIlroy won the final playoff event of the PGA season, the TOUR Championship, and a ridiculous $15 million (!!!) paycheque to go with it.
This is McIlroy’s second TOUR Championship win, but first under the new scoring system and, more importantly, the first with a gigantic paycheque.
Brooks Koepka (pronounced KEP-KA) was the favourite heading into the weekend (and not just because of his feature in ESPN’s Body Issue) and the leader heading into the final round. He finished in a tie for third, winning a measly $4 million.
Men’s golf will take a little break now before the new season starts on September 12th.
It's called fashion, look it up
The GIST: This weekend was the annual Players’ Weekend in the MLB, which means all eyes were on the outfits and accessories.
During this year’s edition of Players’ Weekend, each team wore monochromatic uniforms (either all black or all white, as decided by the home team) and each player was able to customize their accessories and the name on his jersey.
Elsewhere on the diamond: Louisiana defeated Curaçao to win the Little League World Series. Curaçao played their little hearts out (check out this double play!), but Louisiana ultimately took it 8–0, and their reaction to the win will make your whole day.
What's up this week
Monday: Tennis, remember? Eugenie Bouchard kicks it off at 11 a.m. ET against 12th seed Anastasija Sevastova.
Tuesday: Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime in the all-Canadian first-round matchup. We don’t have a match time yet, so stay tuned to the daily schedules here.
Also Tuesday: The Toronto Blue Jays start a short two-game series against the Atlanta Braves. They’ll be back to their regular jerseys though. And no more fun nicknames.